30-minute break

Choking down the milk and cookies

If FMCSA's not going to remove the 30-minute break (aka the 'milk and cookie' break in the words of more than one operator) as requested by CVSA, there may well be rationale for reducing its severity weighting in the CSA Safety Measurement System.

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FMCSA denies inspectors’ request to rescind 30-minute break rule

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance filed a petition last year asking FMCSA to rescind the rule, saying it was difficult to enforce, allows greater opportunity for falsified duty logs and contributes little to on-highway safety. FMCSA, however, denied the petition, saying it disagrees with CVSA's assertions.

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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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PC-Miler with hours manager

ALK Technologies introduction of the hours manager into PC-Miler software allows for better small fleet back-office planning around required breaks, among top problems with the hours of service recently identified by Overdrive readers.

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One quarter down: Economic impact of new hours rule?

Have you seen direct mileage and/or revenue reductions over the last quarter yourself? If so or if not, let's keep the conversation on the rules ongoing. (Bonus: Trucker's Wife tee available...)

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CSA system update: New hours violations encoded

New violations added to the CSA Safety Measurement System include codification of the hours of service break requirement at a 7-point severity weight value.

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Agency stops enforcing break requirement for short haulers

FMCSA has announced it is no longer enforcing the mandatory 30-minute break required by the current hours-of-service rule in light of a court ruling last week that vacated that portion of the rule.

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Weighing in on the hours changes

Reader response to the hours changes that went into effect July 1 show operational limitations, with implications for revenue.

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Looking for flexibility in the hours revision’s on-duty definitions change

Observers and readers note the gray area in the change, where logging extended downtime waiting at shippers/receivers off-duty could be more easily interpreted as legal under news rules and off-duty regs guidance.

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Hours restart looming July 1

Could the July 1 hours changes be much ado about nothing? Many Overdrive readers say so -- but for some drivers with little control over weekly scheduling routinely maximizing driving hours, the change may bust the bottom line.

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