Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Hours of services changes: Sooner and later

If you have any doubt about whether the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., are getting the message about needed flexibility in the hours of service revision, worry no longer. I attended part of the fifth hours of service public hearing last week in Louisville, Ky., and the calls for a more sensible approach to sleeper berth splits came through loud and clear from speaker after speaker. Whether those pleas result in wise action is another matter, ...

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Drivers call for hours changes

Drivers and others in trucking called for more flexibility in sleeper berth regulations.

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Another Hours session set

Truckers visiting the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville on March 26 will have a chance to attend a fifth listening session on hours-of-service regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold the session from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Center, South Wing Room B101. Registering the day of the listening session when attending the Center will require a $5 registration fee.

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Another Hours session set

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold the session March 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Louisville.

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White House reviews cell phone use rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation has drafted a proposed regulation that would ban text messaging and restrict cell phone use.

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Distracted driving needs uniform restrictions

It’s a pity that it takes the heavy hand of government to ban practices that common sense would say are stupid, if not deadly. Such is the case with text messaging while driving, which the U.S. Dept. of Transportation recently outlawed for commercial drivers. Studies show that texting and related behaviors – talking on a cell phone or reaching for an electronic device – increase crash risk at a much higher rate for truckers than for ...

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Wake up call

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected soon to raise the bar on screening and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

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LogBook

IdleAire pulls the plug, truckers urge hours flexibility, intermodal transport gained market share against trucks, EPA revises its 2010 engine emission guidance and more are issues covered.

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Feature Article: New tools help power CSA 2010

Although Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 on its own represents a major advance in enforcing federal motor carrier safety regulations, a couple of new information tools add teeth to the process.

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FMCSA opens driver screening website

Carriers can register to access a safety database that will be set up for screening applicants for driving jobs.

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