Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

FMCSA finally listening to drivers?

On the subject of the hours of service, my entire time covering the trucking industry has been to the ever-more-visible backdrop curtain of calls (to really mix metaphors) to introduce some sort of flexibility into the current, rigid 14-hour window for drivers to take short sleeper berth periods and not risk losing valuable driving hours. The current FMCSA administrator, Anne Ferro, in her remarks to the Mid-West Truckers Association convention in Peoria, Ill., over the weekend, highlighted her ...

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FMCSA doctor fields sleep apnea questions

Dr. Mary Gunnels provided an overview of pending regulations and answered questions from HTAA summit attendees.

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LogBook

The Overdrive staff delves into the Arrow Trucking debacle, texting, driver contests, Pride & Polish, DOE funding, CARB compliance assistance, tariff modifications in the Port of Los Angeles, air emissions and much more.

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Truckers urge hours-of-service flexibility

Speakers said existing rules are too restrictive and lead to increased fatigue, stress and log book cheating.

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DOT prohibits driver texting immediately

Truck and bus drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750.

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Hours regs debated at opening session

Comments at Jan. 19’s session ranged from a request to keep the existing rules to urging a rewrite.

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Next HOS session Jan. 22

The first of four public listening sessions to gather information on the hours of service rule will be Jan. 19.

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Feds issue emergency order for Arrow

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered the carrier to get its trucks and cargo to safe locations.

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Pulse

The trucking industry's issues percolating now, especially in the regulatory arena, promise to make 2010 a more tumultuous one than most.

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Pulse: Jobs in Transition

There's been much talk of a "jobless recovery." It's not too late to make plans to change your record -- or your profession.

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