hours of service

Fixing the 14-hour rule: FMCSA moving closer to flexible sleeper-split pilot program

Kelly Regal, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's associate administrator for research and information technology, outlined the agency's research work around sleep and fatigue at the Managing Fatigue international conference in San Diego, Calif., Tuesday. Of perhaps principle interest to owner-operators, Regal updated attendees on progress toward what she's calling the FMCSA's "Flexible sleeper berth pilot program." It's been more than a year since any news emerged about it, following its contracting to the Virginia Tech ...

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FMCSA puts final nail in the coffin for restart regs

FMCSA confirmed the 2013 regulations on the 34-hour restart will not go back into effect. Not only did the drivers operating under the more restrictive regulations show no greater levels of safety, in some cases they were less safe, according to FMCSA’s summary of research performed on the regs.

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‘It’s trucker sense’: Industry groups rally behind nixing of 34-hour restart restrictions

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, American Trucking Associations, The Trucking Alliance and the Truckload Carriers Association all issued statements of support for and agreement with the study’s results Monday afternoon.

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34-hour restart study affirms less restrictive hours of service, buries 2013 regs

The results of a new study confirm that truckers’ 34-hour restarts will not require two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and will not be limited to once per week.

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Maine suspends hours regs for heating fuel haulers; California reopens roads near Oroville Dam

Any carriers delivering home and business heating fuels in New Hampshire and Maine are exempt from hours-of-service regulations, per emergency declarations in each state.

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Severe weather prompts another hours of service suspension in GA

The order loosens hours-of-service regulations for drivers in 16 counties in the state hauling fuel or loads helping the relief effort.

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Winter storm prompts hours suspension for certain truckers in Oklahoma

The emergency declaration was issued Thursday, Jan. 12, and is effective through Feb. 11. The declaration says direct assistance only applies to the "restoration of essential services" such as electrical, sewer, water and telecommunications, and for essential supplies such as feed, food and fuel.

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2013 hours regs permanently nixed, ATA says; FMCSA disputes

ATA says the "restart rollback" is now permanent. FMCSA says it's still waiting on the results of a report, as Congress directed.

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34-hour restart’s future clearer than before, but uncertainty lingers

Lawmakers warded off a scenario in which the 34-hour restart would be removed as a tool for truckers to use to manage their weekly on-duty time. But the future of the regulations surrounding the 34-hour restart is still unsettled.

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Congress clears legislation to spell out future of 34-hour restart regs for truck operators

For the time being, truckers can continue to operate as they have since December 2014, meaning 34-hour restarts do not need to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the 34-hour restart option can be used as often as truck operators like.

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