14-hour rule

14-hour, ELD reform should be top priority for new FMCSA administrator, readers say

Readers delivered on our call for viewpoint on just where the next FMCSA administrator's priorities should sit -- the electronic logging device mandate stood out, with views toward hours of service reform with an emphasis on greater split-sleeper flexibility a primary theme.

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POLL: Do hours rules/company pressures ever lead you to feel forced to drive tired?

Given the peculiarities of the hours rule, the incoming ELD mandate and difficulty balancing the business necessities of safety and on-time deliveries, how often do you feel forced to run when you otherwise might be resting?

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An ELD rate boost? Maybe, but look out for the safety banana peel

"The real tragedy is the runaway economic and safety burden will fall on an unsuspecting public at a time when economic stress has been at an all-time high since the Great Depression." --reader and truck owner Gary Carlisle

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Logging in the ELD environment: Annotations/notes section is driver’s friend when ‘weird situations’ arise, FMCSA says

ELD exemption questions, personal conveyance circumstances, yard moves, more: In "any weird situation," said FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo, "annotate it in the driver’s record would be clear if somebody asked you for it."

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‘The real problem’ isn’t ELDs

Now that it appears the ELD mandate is about to amplify the shortcomings of the hours of service rule, it’s time to address the real problem, not its surrogate.

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FMCSA to study 200 truckers to assess adding split sleeper berth options in hours regs

The agency’s split sleeper berth pilot program seeks to determine the effects split sleeper berth options, such as splits of 5-5, 6-4 and 7-3, would have on drivers. The study’s outcome could dictate whether FMCSA decides to pursue reforms to hours of service regulations.

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Readers offer 14-hour fixes with pay for time, hours revisions, more

Following my post Friday last week about part of the two days I spent running with Ohio-based owner-operator Scott Reed, readers responded in numbers with 14-hour fix suggestions. Among them was Gary Carlisle, increasingly outspoken advocate for change ...

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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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