hours of service

Be your own boss: 14 ‘do or die’ compliance duties

Failure to perform these 14 tasks will automatically fail you when the FMCSA comes calling for your New Entrant Safety Audit in the first 18 months you're in business.

Read More

Updated list: Exemptions to hours regs issued in some states for propane, fuel, relief load haulers

In wake of Winter Storm Hercules and the extreme temperatures in impacted states, several states have issued exemptions or waivers of federal hours-of-service rules for truck drivers hauling fuel to or in those states.

Read More

Hours of service, trucker strike, Lisa Kelly and more: Top 15 most read stories of 2013

Join us a countdown to the most-popular stories of the year, measured by total number of pageviews throughout the year.

Read More

Running in reverse: Channel 19 year in review, part 3

The ruckus that was the "Ride for the Constitution" and ongoing confusion over CARB's emissions rules, irritation with CSA and a slight hope for hours flexibility rounded out 2013. Happy early New Year, drivers. Hang on tight...

Read More

Podcast: Safety, the best argument for more flexible sleeper splits

Also in this Voices special edition podcast, operator dispatches on the California Air Resources Board's Truck and Bus Rule, which officially goes into effect for 1996-2006 model year engines Jan. 1.

Read More

Running in reverse: Channel 19 year in review, part 2

In the second third of the year, the hours of service took front and center, along with a bevy of spectacular rigs seen on the show circuit and elsewhere. Take a tour back through the year via this review.

Read More

Bill to overturn hours-of-service rule introduced in Senate, referred to committee

A bill introduced in the Senate last week that, if enacted, would halt the most recent hours-of-service rule change and allow truck drivers to operate under the pre-July 1 rules again, until Congress can review the rule further.

Read More

Split sleeper wishful thinking, redux

Is there hope for a good outcome of FMCSA's apparent focus on split sleep? Utilize 530-408-6423 to leave a message to contribute to a future podcast on the split-sleep subject.

Read More

Warning for short haulers: Exceeding distance, time limits makes 30-min. break mandatory

Short haul drivers who exceed the distance or time limits that qualify them as short haul drivers would be subject to complying with the mandatory 30-minute break required by the July 1 hours rule.

Read More

Sleeper time flexibility study could be in works as ATA requests, FMCSA says it’s planning

FMCSA says it's planning a field study to gather more data on whether split sleeper berth time is an OK alternative for drivers. Separately, ATA proposed this week the agency conduct a 2-year pilot program to study split sleep.

Read More