14-hour rule

Fireworks haulers request amendment to Independence Day HOS exemption

The American Pyrotechnics Association requested that four carriers be removed from the exemption and four carriers be added to the exemption, which was granted by FMCSA last year, keeping the total at 51 carriers.

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An upward trend in truck-occupant crash deaths

In the years following FMCSA's 2003 publication of the hours of service rule that first included the 14-hour on-duty window, the percentage of truck-occupant crash deaths among all truck-involved fatalities is on an upward trend.

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The 34-hour restart’s complicated limbo

Here's the latest. Nothing about the 34-hour restart will change until FMCSA issues its certified report on its mandated comparative restart study. If the report says what many truckers have hoped, however, the restart could disappear entirely.

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Threading the needle through trade policy, regulation, hammer swingers and the erosion of the middle class

Readers' responses to a recent call for change to the 14-hour rule in the hours of service thread the needle through 30 and more years of American history and the erosion of the blue-collar middle class.

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ELD mandate pre-2000 exemption: How will carriers leasing owner-operators treat it?

Answers here from respondents to a recent carrier survey conducted by CCJ. And: Reader Gary Carlisle's thoughts on the limited potential for the ELD mandate to impact rates for the positive.

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The tightening knot of ELDs, hours, parking: Channel 19 year in review, the finale

As in 2014 with the restart rollback, several issues came to a head in the last month of 2015, bring us back to where we started in this year in review: The problem with the hours of service, readers say, is a central safety issue.

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Return safety to drivers’ control: Fix the 14-hour rule

Texas-based Gary Carlisle weighs in on what Overdrive readers have named among the most-needed hours revisions. Also: it's bankruptcies that will drive up rates, not wide ELD use itself.

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Exemptions adding fuel to hours debate

Bob Hearns, among others, weighs in: "keep asking for those legitimate exemptions, and maybe the rule makers, who do not know the industry … might wake up and do not only the right thing, but the necessary thing."

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Hours of service wish list: ‘We are people, not machines’

Results: Readers sound off in podcast, survey toward a more perfect hours rule.

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Hours wish list — change if you could, would, should…

To improve the hours of service with a mind toward doing the work of driving a Class 8 truck in the safest manner possible, what one change would be the most effective?

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