hours of service

U.S. Senate passes bill that could change hours of service regulations

The two outcomes are (1) return to 2013-enacted rules governing truckers’ 34-hour restarts or (2) a return to 2011 restart rules, albeit with a new 73-hour cap on the amount of hours truck drives can remain on duty in a seven day period. But the bill faces an uphill climb in the House and a veto threat by President Obama.

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Move in Senate would restore 2013’s 34-hour restart rules, require 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods

The saga to"fix" 34-hour restart regs continues: A Senate measure filed this week would again require truckers’ 34-hour restart to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and limit the restart’s use to once a week. The amendment was filed Tuesday, the same day the House released a plan to permanently nix the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. requirement.

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House bill restores 2011 hours of service rules, kills Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking

The measure does not tie the changes to the 34-hour restart study currently being conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a departure from trucking-specific provisions cleared by Congress in recent years.

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Fireworks haulers request amendment to Independence Day HOS exemption

The American Pyrotechnics Association requested that four carriers be removed from the exemption and four carriers be added to the exemption, which was granted by FMCSA last year, keeping the total at 51 carriers.

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Trucking org calls for removal of hours reform in Senate bill, says ELDs should guide new rules

The potential 73-hour cap would be “counterproductive to truck driver safety” and could set a dangerous precedent of politicizing trucking regulations, the Alliance argues, adding that regulators should wait on data derived from the ELD mandate before implementing hours reform.

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Mailbag: Potential 34-hour restart change reinforces elemental hours problems for readers

Given the complexity of the recently proposed 34-hour-restart change, it's no wonder (as you'll hear in this podcast) that a desire for the simplicity of pre-14-hour-rule regs is such a topic of discussion of late.

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FleetComplete’s ELD builds on tracking-system base

The Toronto-based Fleet Complete's mobile app-based ELD (with engine-connected hardware) comes at $7 for a monthly subscription price, but it requires the base $29-monthly tracking system as well.

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Off the clock: An hours of service alternative

Whatever happens for better or for worse, it's worth noting that a system based in reality – the driver’s true fitness for duty, not some rigid, almost arbitrary system cooked up by regulators – could be a big improvement over a one-size-fits-all system that actually fits very few.

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Senate bill clears up 34-hour restart confusion, could add new hours limits

The bill corrects a legislative mess-up from December that put the 34-hour restart in jeopardy by ensuring the restart will remain available for truckers. However, it would also put in place a new 73-hour on-duty limit in a consecutive seven-day period.

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An upward trend in truck-occupant crash deaths

In the years following FMCSA's 2003 publication of the hours of service rule that first included the 14-hour on-duty window, the percentage of truck-occupant crash deaths among all truck-involved fatalities is on an upward trend.

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