EOBRs

Pulse

Years from now it might turn out that EOBRs and apnea screening are two intrusions that never lived up to the bluster.

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Back to basics in apnea debate: The importance of sleep

Last night on the Truth About Trucking Live online radio program of fuel hauler Allen Smith and his wife, Donna, discussion of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board's joint work on the issue of sleep apnea gave way at a crucial moment to a reiteration of the reality of the sleep apnea condition. It was delivered by a driver listener who, as I've heard from many other drivers out there ...

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More than a typo? Split sleeper wishful thinking

Trans Products / Trans Services Regulatory Manager Rich Wilson, during a break between sessions of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee meeting in Alexandria, Va., early this month, pointed out a couple curious problems with the medical forms some states are using. One, he pointed out, defined stage 3 hypertension as a blood pressure reading of, yes, greater than or equal to "10/90." A typo, definitely, that could easily be fixed. In the context of the hours ...

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Elephants in the room: MCSAC snapshot

There were two of them in the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee meeting room at the Hilton Old Town in Alexandria, Va., yesterday. At a certain point in the committee's discussion yesterday, Feb. 7, about the issue of electronic logs and harassment, as the discussion ranged seemingly away from the task at hand -- discussion to provide a report to FMCSA on how electronic log device standards might be written into future regulations to help ensure ...

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Speakout

Truckers weigh in on beauty vs. efficiency, driver fatigue and the hours-of-service regulations.

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Pulse

With the deeper incursions into driver scheduling that have accompanied new versions of the rule, conflicts with operational realities and individual rest cycles become more glaring.

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LogBook

Three compete for Owner-Operator of the Year, cross-border program lawsuits advance, turnpike rates rise, Baltimore bridge tolls rising and many more industry news items are featured.

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What you may not know about the EOBR bill

Since I reported on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's attempts to gain new regulatory authority over interstate drivers relative to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program's now-internal Driver Safety Measurement System last summer, new wrinkles have emerged in Senate bill S.1950. This bill caused an uproar over the fact that it would, among other things, mandate electronic onboard recorders for hours of service compliance for virtually all interstate carriers. But, as they say, the lead ...

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Rich Wilson’s ‘state of the industry'; and MCSAC apnea update

You're likely to remember Rich Wilson (pictured), former owner-operator and current regulatory manager with the Trans Products/Trans Services company, for his part in the Truck Driver Social Media Convention last fall, where he urged the drivers and owner-operators in attendance really be a part of the regulatory process -- on the front end, in the planning stages, before the regs were written and codified and, well, gained staying power. Wilson himself was at the Motor Carrier ...

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Stiff wind to pay the toll: The 2011 Channel 19 year in review

What better way to start the new year than with a look back on the previous? I did it last year, after all, so let's make it a tradition, how bout? The Chinese Year of the Rabbit saw all manner of issues hopping in and out of the national on-highway spotlight, bookended by a proposed hours-of-service rule and its ultimate issuance, slightly reducing potential weekly work hours. Bound up in the discussion was, as any regular ...

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