hours of service

Court upholds all of hours rule for long-haul drivers

The entirety of the current hours of service rule was upheld for long-haul drivers. The only portion of the rule vacated by the court was the required 30-minute break for short-haul drivers.

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More off/on-duty discussion

Debate continues over loading/unloading situations and what exactly consitutes "off-duty" time under the new hours rule.

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Bill that would undo hours rule pulled from House

A bill that could have undone the hours of service rule that became effective July 1 was pulled from the House floor after losing support.

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The undeclared war on owner-operators

Reclassification, hours of service rules, increased equipment costs and state and local regulations on idling, parking and noise are smothering the owner-operator, writes Greg Fulton.

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Losing the golden triangle: More proof shippers (mis)use CSA

A small fleet owner on CSA: "We lost our triangle, and it is incredible how much difference it has made. Many of our old customers ... called as soon as we lost the triangle."

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Chart shows just how long a 34-hour restart actually takes

An interactive infographic posted by the Journal of Commerce shows how a "34-hour" restart can become much more than 34 hours.

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Carrier ordered to pay back wages, rehire driver fired for refusing to drive over hours

A federal agency has ordered a Massachusetts carrier pay a driver $131,533 after firing him for refusing to drive after reaching the federal limit on hours.

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Hours of service option: Earning flexibility

Gold Card status would bring freedom from hours of service regs on the assumption that this is an experienced, safe, mature driver who knows to drive when rested and rest when tired.

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Weighing in on the hours changes

Reader response to the hours changes that went into effect July 1 show operational limitations, with implications for revenue.

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Looking for flexibility in the hours revision’s on-duty definitions change

Observers and readers note the gray area in the change, where logging extended downtime waiting at shippers/receivers off-duty could be more easily interpreted as legal under news rules and off-duty regs guidance.

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