Uproar in an hours session at GATS yields intel on some jurisdictions' faulty interpretations of the revised restart provisions in the new hours rule.
With yearend upgrade deadlines looming for small-fleet (1-3-truck) owner-operators of 1996-2006 model-year engines, purchases must be made by Sept. 1 to take advantage of manufacturer-delay extension if necessary.
Safety consultant Leon Feazell detailed audit prep procedures and processes with recommendations for small carriers at the Great American Trucking Show.
The most common lighting-related violation -- top 20 states for "Inoperative required lamp" prevalence ranked here -- may be basis for a DataQ challenge if the light is not required by regulation.
Debate continues over loading/unloading situations and what exactly consitutes "off-duty" time under the new hours rule.
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.
The suit brought by the Alliance for Safe and Efficient Truck Transportation (ASECTT), filed last year in federal district court in Washington, D.C., will see first oral arguments made Sept. 10.
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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