Washington Column

CDL Trainers Encouraged to Register Before New ELDT Rules Take Effect in February

In four months, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) entry-level driver-training (ELDT) final rule will take effect, setting a new federal standard for mandatory training of entry-level drivers and establishing minimum requirements for entry-level driver-training providers. The standards will apply to all those seeking commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and will impose both theory and […]

OSHA to Embark Upon a Heat-Stress Standard … Yet Again

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, heat stress killed 815 workers and seriously injured more than 70,000 workers from 1992 through 2017. This year, record-setting heat waves across the Pacific Northwest have been linked to hundreds of deaths and hospital visits for heat-related illnesses. The August 9, 2021, publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on […]

House Passes Infrastructure Bill with Pollinator Provision; Path Toward Enactment Remains Uncertain

On July 1, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed major infrastructure legislation, H.R. 3684, the INVEST (Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation) in America Act, on a largely partisan 221-201 vote. The roughly $715 billion, five-year surface-transportation and water-infrastructure bill includes authorizations for federal highway, transit and safety programs, […]

Will Record Job Openings Spur Movement on Immigration Reform?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. employers had 9.3 million job openings available at the end of April 2021, the highest number recorded since the government started collecting the data in 2000. The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the largest advocacy organization representing the interests of small and independent businesses in the […]

Should Government Mandate the Adoption of Zero-Emission Equipment?

As the saying goes, “As California goes, so goes the nation.” TCIA has found this to be true across the board, from emissions standards to safety regulations; policy that starts in California seems to spread to other states and sometimes even to the federal level. This leads us to a policy that TCIA is closely […]

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