Controversial Denham Amendment Moves Forward In The House

Over the past several years many within the trucking industry have pushed for legislation standardizing meal and rest breaks. This would prevent individual states from setting their own rules and regulations. The controversial Denham Amendment moves forward in the House with the passage of the FAA reauthorization bill. 

Controversial Denham Amendment Moves Forward In The House

Before we get into what happened on Thursday, April 26, 2018, let’s review current regulations. Under the current federal hours-of-service regulations, drivers are required to take a 20-minute break after driving for eight hours. However, in California drivers are required to stop for a 30-minute break after four hours of service.

So potentially this means drivers passing through states like California are required to take two 30-minute breaks during a 10-hour route. This has consequently lead to several class-action lawsuits where truckers claim not being allowed to take their breaks. This creates a certain level of confusion about which regulations to follow.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham: Denham Amendment

The Denham Amendment is a piece of legislation proposed by U.S. House Representative Jeff Denham (R-Cali) to standardize the meals and rest breaks required by truckers. The amendment moved forward on Thursday with the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill by the House of Representatives.

“Congress shall have the power. To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.”

                                                        – Article 1, Section 8, U.S. Constitution (The Commerce Clause)

On Thursday, April 26th the House of Representatives passed the amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill in a bipartisan vote. This will prevent states from creating a patchwork of meal and rest rules for interstate truck drivers.

As more information unfolds concerning this new piece of legislation, we will keep you updated with the latest trucking industry news and information.

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