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Get Ready: HOS Changes Will Go Through As Planned

The FMCSA is sticking to its guns; the HOS changes will go into effect on July 1st despite the widespread outcry against it. The ATA has been the driving force behind the opposition, with an ongoing court case between the FMCSA and the ATA as the proverbial battleground for the issue.

In an attempt to push off the HOS changes so that a court would have enough time to (hopefully) rule in their favor, the ATA sent a letter asking for the compliance date to be pushed back to three months after the court ruling. The goal, according to Bill Graves, president of the ATA, is to prevent any unnecessary training which will be rendered useless when the ruling is overturned.

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Get Ready To Be Taxed For Every Mile You Drive

Currently, the government charges a tax on all different kinds of fuel. The current federal tax on diesel is 24.4 cents per gallon (state and local taxes bring that up to an average of 54.4 cents per gallon). This money is put towards the maintenance of our nation’s highways.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are two types of vehicles who do not pay their fair share under this system: hybrid vehicles and trucks. Both cause a disproportionate amount of wear and tear to the road relative to the amount they pay in fuel taxes. The solution being proposed? Stop taxing the fuel and start taxing the miles.

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