Friday, 28 September 2018

What You Need to Know About The Current FAA Bill

What You Need to Know About The Current FAA Bill
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this week after the members of the House and Senate reached an agreement. While it does include minimal legroom for flights it does not include the controversial meal-and-rest break provision sought by the American Trucking Association (ATA) and other industry leaders.

The Denham Amendment was a proposed plan to nationally regulate paid meal and rest breaks. The provision was backed by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Western States Trucking Association as a response to the wave of lawsuits against trucking companies operating in California.

Under the current federal hours-of-service regulations, drivers are required to take a 20-minute break after driving for eight hours. However, this could vary based on the states individual regulations.

Teamsters’ General President Jim Hoffa had this to say about the decision to remove the amendment: “Removing this onerous trucking provision which had no place in an FAA bill in the first place allows the House and Senate to now consider the bill on the merits of its improvements to our nation's aviation system,” Hoffa said in a statement. “Congress was smart to realize that no one wants to ground an FAA bill in order to attack truck drivers.”