hours of service

34-hour restart study affirms less restrictive hours of service, buries 2013 regs

The results of a new study confirm that truckers’ 34-hour restarts will not require two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and will not be limited to once per week.

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A word to Congress, Trump administration on ELDs from Vance Vergon

Anybody else miss a 30-minute break this week? Here's hoping everyone's getting a longer break this weekend. Take a load off with a note to Congress from Vance Vergon and a run back through recent ELD news.

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Correcting the personal-conveyance record

Answering Russ Hoffman's question: "Are you sure that Personal Conveyance requires that you not have a load or trailer? I believe the regulation is Unladen (unloaded) with an empty trailer being acceptable." By the letter of the law, he's right.

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POLL: Have you tested the e-log waters with a smartphone/tablet-based app?

What's been your experience, or lack thereof, with the myriad of smartphone/tablet-based computer-assisted logs available today to use without a connection to the truck's engine? Have you tested the water of e-logs with any?

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Reader: ELDs set to exacerbate existing parking, detention issues

"I don't think anyone has really considered what making all trucks go ELD will do and all the problems it will cause. There isn't enough parking now." --reader Josiah Gonzalez, via email. And: A little personal conveyance wiggle room.

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Livestock haulers’ efforts to secure hours changes in light of ELD mandate, stalled

"We're 100 percent dependent on road transportation of our cattle. Take that away from us and we're back to cattle drives." --Tim O'Byrne of the American Cattle Transporters Advisory Group, a coalition hoping to liberalize split-berth/14-hour regs for livestock haulers in light of ELD mandate.

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Maine suspends hours regs for heating fuel haulers; California reopens roads near Oroville Dam

Any carriers delivering home and business heating fuels in New Hampshire and Maine are exempt from hours-of-service regulations, per emergency declarations in each state.

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Small fleet saves time and hassles with ELDs

The biggest ELD hurdle for nine-truck JJ&T Trucking, says Jake Taylor, company co-owner with his wife, Christy, was less operational than technical.

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E-log sticker merits easy time at weigh station

Gastonia, N.C.-based hotshot/tow owner-operator Buster Lewis took up the Continental VDO RoadLog to eliminate the hassle of pushing paper logs, he says -- big bonus: No weigh-station hassles for him and his 2006 Freightliner Business Class straight flatbed.

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ELDs and the detention quagmire

Rico Muhammad's reefer freight operation, based in Atlanta, is comprised of two trucks operating primarily in the Southeast and sometimes outside the region. He names detention's operational quagmire as perhaps the principal issue for owner-operators moving to ELDs.

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