Text: H.R.7457 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/01/2020)


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 7457


To establish a national motor carrier safety selection standard for entities that contract with certain motor carriers to transport goods, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 1, 2020

Mr. Gibbs (for himself and Mr. Cuellar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To establish a national motor carrier safety selection standard for entities that contract with certain motor carriers to transport goods, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Motor Carrier Safety Selection Standard Act”.

SEC. 2. Motor carrier selection standard of care.

(a) In general.—

(1) SELECTION STANDARD.—For any applicable legal requirement with respect to a covered entity contracting with a covered motor carrier for the shipment of goods or household goods, the covered entity shall be considered reasonable and prudent in the selection of such motor carrier if the covered entity verifies, not later than the date of shipment and not earlier than 45 days before the date of shipment, that the covered motor carrier—

(A) is registered under section 13902 of title 49, United States Code, as a motor carrier or household goods motor carrier;

(B) has at least the minimum insurance coverage required by Federal and State law; and

(C) is not determined unfit to operate safely commercial motor vehicles under section 31144 of title 49, United States Code, or otherwise ordered to discontinue operations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (including not renewing a Department of Transportation registration number) or a State.

(2) SUNSET.—The standard established under paragraph (1) shall sunset on the effective date of a regulation issued pursuant to subsection (c).

(b) Revocation of registration.—Section 31144(a) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in paragraph (3) by striking “and”;

(2) in paragraph (4) by striking the period and inserting “; and”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(5) prescribe by regulation a process for revoking the registration of an owner or operator determined unfit to operate safely a commercial motor vehicle under this section.”.

(c) Rulemaking.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall—

(A) update and revise the regulations issued pursuant to subsection (b) of section 31144 to include the requirements of subsection (a); and

(B) issue such regulations as are necessary to carry out section 31144(a)(5), as added by this Act.

(2) FACTORS FOR AN UNSATISFACTORY RATING.—The regulations updated under paragraph (1)(A) shall provide a procedure for the Secretary to determine if a motor carrier is not fit to operate a commercial motor vehicle in or affecting interstate commerce in accordance with such section.

(d) Savings clause.—Nothing in this Act shall be construed to preempt or supercede any State law or regulation relating to drayage.

(e) Definitions.—In this Act:

(1) COVERED ENTITY.—The term “covered entity” means a person acting as—

(A) a shipper or cosignee of goods, except that such term does not mean a person acting as an individual shipper (as such term is defined in section 13103 of title 49, United States Code);

(B) a broker, a freight forwarder, or a household goods freight forwarder (as such terms are defined in section 13102 of title 49, United States Code);

(C) an ocean transportation intermediary (as such term is defined in section 40102 of title 46, United States Code), when arranging for inland transportation as part of an international through movement involving ocean transportation between the United States and a foreign port;

(D) an indirect air carrier holding a Standard Security Program approved by the Transportation Security Administration, only to the extent that the indirect air carrier is engaging in the activities as an air carrier as defined in section 40102(2) or in the activities defined in section 40102(3);

(E) a customs broker licensed in accordance with section 111.2 of title 19, Code of Federal Regulations, only to the extent that the customs broker is engaging in a movement under a customs bond or in a transaction involving customs business, as defined by section 111.1 of title 19, Code of Federal Regulations; or

(F) a motor carrier registered under chapter 139 of title 49, United States Code.

(2) COVERED MOTOR CARRIER.—The term “covered motor carrier” means a motor carrier or a household goods motor carrier (as such terms are defined in section 13102 of title 49, United States Code) that is subject to Federal motor carrier financial responsibility and safety regulations.

(3) HOUSEHOLD GOODS.—The term “household goods” has the meaning given the term in section 13102 of title 49, United States Code.

(4) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Transportation.


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