Current Issues back


CSA: This new initiative by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration constitutes a total revamping of the way it determines a truck fleet’s safety status. It involves more enforcement actions or “interventions” and will also take into account all safety violations (and even warnings) as opposed to only the more serious infractions as is now the case. In the worst case, a company’s authority to run a truck fleet could be revoked; this is not something that can be safely ignored.

Driver Hours of Service: The Department of Transportation's new rules governing the driving and on-duty time of commercial drivers face litigation from all sides. American Trucking Associations and allied groups have challenged some of the more restrictive elements of the rule while safety advocacy groups argue the rules are not restrictive enough. Suits were recently filed before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.






Independent Contractors: The Department of Labor is developing proposed regulations requiring companies to exhaustively document their treatment of workers they claim as independent contractors or exempt employees. Legislation has also been introduced in Congress that would have the effect of making it more difficult to hire independent contractors.

Electronic On-Board Recorders: Government regulators are moving toward a mandate that all commercial vehicles be equipped with electronic on-board devices for hours of service compliance.

A Proven Record of Accomplishment

GRS principal Earl Eisenhart has more than 25 years' experience in federal and state transportation policy. He is well known as an advocate for transportation, logistics
and technology issues.

Among our accomplishments:

Consistent success in  working with Congress and government agencies to relieve clients of regulatory burdens

Led successful lobbying effort to amend federal statute to achieve exemption from hours of service regulation

Helped lead industry effort to limit carrier registration fees imposed by states

Served as head of the Corporate Transportation Coalition, an industry alliance dedicated to protecting the interests of truck fleet operators

Achieved enactment of federal legislation providing a liability "safe harbor", potentially saving client's members millions of dollars in lawsuits

Secured the support of key state legislators for Fortune 100 client's effort to achive operational flexibility