DENHAM AMENDMENT * USA: To block truckers´ state-level efforts
* DC - Trucker pay reform efforts at state level could be stymied by revival of Denham Amendment
--- Congress is again considering legislation that would block any state-level effort to dictate driver pay reforms and hours of service restrictions. The so-called Denham Amendment, first brought to the table by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) in 2015, seeks to reassert federal authority over hours of service regulations and reinforce the industry’s standard per-mile driver pay model... Court decisions in recent years prompted industry lobbyists, such as ATA, to press for the Denham Amendment’s passage in Congress. Proponents argue that the 1994 Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (aka FAAAA or F4A) prohibits states from enacting laws that interfere with “prices, routes or services” of motor carriers. State laws that require paid breaks for drivers violate that statute, proponents say... Opponents of the Denham Amendment, including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the loosely organized Ask the Trucker group spearheaded by trucker Allen Smith, say the Denham language would slam the brakes on efforts to promote more fair driver compensation packages...
Washington, DC, USA - Overdrive, by James Jaillet - July 05, 2017