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ATA Points Out Outdated Rules to DOT

April 5, 2011

Responding to President Obama's call to help reduce the regulatory burden on U.S. businesses, the American Trucking Associations highlighted nine outdated, obsolete or onerous rules that the Department of Transportation should reconsider.

"The trucking industry understands the need for sensible regulations, particularly when it comes to safety," ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. "However, as this list demonstrates, we must constantly review those regulations to make sure they continue to make sense."

In comments filed April 1, ATA pointed to a number of rules issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration as unnecessary or redundant.

For example:

- The FMCSA requirement for drivers to notify their employer of non-parking related traffic convictions, a requirement that is made moot by the proliferation of databases like the Commercial Driver License Information System

- The now-expired exemption from hours-of-service rules for grape transporters in New York should be removed by FMCSA

- The FMCSA requirement for motor carriers to ensure all vehicles be free of oil and gas leaks, a requirement that is impossible for carriers to comply with and is redundant because of other maintenance rules

- A PHMSA rule requiring United Nations' identification numbers on bulk containers holding residue from hazardous materials

- And PHMSA requirements for fleets to provide unnecessary and burdensome information when applying for a special permit to haul certain materials

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