Legislation and Regulations
President Obama signed into law on July 6, 2012 legislation to continue federal funding for highway and bridge improvement projects through September 2014. This bill also significantly toughens household goods entry requirements to help rid the industry of rogues; it protects the Carmack Amendment; it lays the groundwork for possible improvement to the hours-of-service rule; it mandates electronic logging devices; it provides a process for expediting CDLs for veterans; it cracks down on reincarnated carriers; and it establishes a national alcohol and drug clearinghouse.
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has issued its anticipated clarification to its previous decision in Released Rates Order, Amendment No. 5 to RR-999 which makes changes in how shipment valuation will apply for interstate household goods movers. The changes become effective April 2, 2012.