CVSA President Testifies at Senate Hearing on Oversight of Motor Carrier Safety Efforts
CVSA President Francis (Buzzy) France recently testified at a hearing before the Senate Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security on “Oversight of Motor Carrier Safety Efforts” on April 28, 2010. Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) chaired the hearing and emphasized issues he considered of greatest importance: electronic onboard recorders, hours-of-service rules, CSA 2010 and truck size and weight. Ranking subcommittee member Sen. John Thune (R-SD) emphasized the importance of state efforts in making CSA 2010 successful and also expressed concern about the lack of harmonization in truck size and weight standards. Sen. Clare McCaskell (D-MO) expressed strong concern about the lack of concern that driver pay is most often determined by miles rather than hours worked and recommended that a study be conducted about the effect of this on truck study. Questions directed to CVSA President France concerned hours-of-service, EOBRs, and truck size and weight. He reaffirmed CVSA Reauthorization policy on each of these issues. Chairman Lautenberg raised the possibility of a further hearing on truck size and weight.