14-hour rule

When a straight 14 might not be the ideal, or safest, option: Four loads over two days in Ohio with Scott Reed

Hear part of Overdrive Senior Editor Todd Dills' many conversations with Buckland, Ohio-based owner-operator Scott Reed over two days on the road in mid-April 2017. It tells the story of what Reed sees as a certainly less-than-ideal hours rule when it comes to his shorter-haul van operation.

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Fixing the 14-hour rule: FMCSA moving closer to flexible sleeper-split pilot program

Kelly Regal, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's associate administrator for research and information technology, outlined the agency's research work around sleep and fatigue at the Managing Fatigue international conference in San Diego, Calif., Tuesday. Of perhaps principle interest to owner-operators, Regal updated attendees on progress toward what she's calling the FMCSA's "Flexible sleeper berth pilot program." It's been more than a year since any news emerged about it, following its contracting to the Virginia Tech ...

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Sun-up in the oil patch, and: ’14-hour rule is the real issue’

G'mornin', drivers. One beauty of a scene from the Reader Rigs gallery, posted on Tuesday by John Reinhardt, a sunrise early-early in the oil patch in Texas "way out in nowhere," Reinhardt wrote, north of Pecos. And: More from Gary Carlisle on the 14-hour rule/ELDs one-two punch.

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Correcting the personal-conveyance record

Answering Russ Hoffman's question: "Are you sure that Personal Conveyance requires that you not have a load or trailer? I believe the regulation is Unladen (unloaded) with an empty trailer being acceptable." By the letter of the law, he's right.

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Livestock haulers’ efforts to secure hours changes in light of ELD mandate, stalled

"We're 100 percent dependent on road transportation of our cattle. Take that away from us and we're back to cattle drives." --Tim O'Byrne of the American Cattle Transporters Advisory Group, a coalition hoping to liberalize split-berth/14-hour regs for livestock haulers in light of ELD mandate.

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New priorities for a new DOT secretary?: Take two

A bevy of reader voices raised in response to the question: "What would be your message to Trump's incoming DOT leader?" Issues of regulation (the ELD mandate chief among them), parking/infrastructure and driver pay loomed largest.

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Detention data collection phase, regulatory process under way

As required by the FAST Act, DOT will report "on the impact of loading and unloading delays" on the economy, transport efficiency, safety and driver pay/income. Efforts could hold import for hours, detention pay in future.

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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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