hours of service

House committee advances bill with trucking reforms on hours of service, pending owner-op rating rule

The House’s Appropriations Committee has sent to the full House a Department of Transportation funding package that would permanently restore 2011 regulations pertaining to truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart. The bill also would halt the DOT’s work on its proposed Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking and would prevent states from enforcing any state-enacted laws governing truckers’ breaks and pay.

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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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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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