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FMCSA seeks applicants for truck leasing task force

From Transport Topics.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a request for applications to serve on the agency’s truck leasing task force that will examine the fairness of lease and lease-purchase agreements among motor carriers, leasing companies, owner-operators and drayage drivers.
The provision, tucked in the bipartisan infrastructure funding law enacted Nov. 15, calls for the appointment of a wide-ranging task force of no more than 10 members.

FMCSA said it is accepting applications through May 6.

The Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Department of Labor, will be responsible for appointing the task force.
The task force ultimately will send a report of its findings and recommendations to Congress, DOT and DOL.

“The task force will be instrumental in expanding our understanding of the financial impacts of truck leasing and will reinforce our commitment to quality of life and safety for professional truck drivers,” FMCSA acting Administrator Robin Hutcheson said. “We ask those who are interested in joining to reach out so we can better support CMV drivers together.”

“The truck leasing task force represents one of the important actions the administration is taking to improve the trucking industry,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “America’s truck drivers need and deserve fair leasing agreements, and this work will help ensure that leasing is above board.”

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