hours of service

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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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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Flexible split sleeper berth exemption extended 4 more years

Private carrier McKee Foods has been granted an extension to its 2015-granted waiver, which allows its drivers to divide their 10 required sleeper berth hours into 5/5, 6/4 or 3/7 splits. FMCSA's own commissioned research has shown split sleep has little to no bearing on truck driver fatigue or safety. Truckers, however, still must abide by the rigid 14-hour rule.

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Teamsters, safety groups to Congress: Don’t touch hours of service

Two key trucking items likely to see action in the appropriations process include a fix to the hours of service legislative screw-up from Congress’ 2016 DOT appropriations law and the revival of the so-called “federal authority” provisions floated in recent transportation-related bills.

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Hours exemption for Oregon loggers extended per 2015-passed highway bill

The extension of the expiration date is in response to a provision in the December-passed FAST Act highway bill that extended exemptions in effect when the bill was enacted. The bill extended the exemptions to five years from the date they were were issued from two years.

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Request to allow some drivers to use detention time as off-duty time denied by FMCSA

An exemption request from the American Trucking Associations that would allow drivers to exclude detention time at a natural gas or oil well site from their total 14 on-duty hours has been denied by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Fireworks haulers want hours exemption renewed, loggers seek securement exemption

The FMCSA is seeking public comment on two exemption requests – one for fireworks haulers from the 14-hour rule during the July 4 holiday period, and one for the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association from certain cargo securement regulations.

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34-hour restart fix left out of FAA extension bill

Hopes that Congress would undo a provision passed in December that could kill the 34-hour restart entirely came up empty when the House's Transportation Committee unveiled the aviation-focused legislation Thursday.

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POLL: Ideal future for the 34-hour restart?

With Congressional attention back on the 34-hour restart in the hours of service after language of the FY 2016 appropriations bill put its very existence in a kind of limbo, what's your preferred version of its future?

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Trucker in Tracy Morgan crash again pleads not guilty to vehicular homicide, manslaughter charges

The truck driver involved in the accident that killed one man and injured comedian Tracy Morgan in June of 2014 pleaded not guilty to all charges when he was arraigned in Superior Court in N.J.

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