hours of service

FMCSA to hold two hours-of-service Q&A webinars this month

The sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon Eastern time, and Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 3-4 p.m. Eastern. Pre-registration is required.

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POLL: Do hours rules/company pressures ever lead you to feel forced to drive tired?

Given the peculiarities of the hours rule, the incoming ELD mandate and difficulty balancing the business necessities of safety and on-time deliveries, how often do you feel forced to run when you otherwise might be resting?

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Fuel haulers, relief load haulers exempt from hours regs in 26 states over Harvey disruptions

Hours of service regulations for truckers hauling gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, propane and other home heating fuels in 26 states have been suspended. The exemption also applies to carriers and drivers “providing direct assistance to the emergency in the States of Texas and Louisiana.”

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Montana, Dakotas suspend hours regs for drought relief haulers

In addition to hours-of-service reprieves for truckers hauling supplies to help livestock producers in the states, Montana and North Dakota’s orders also ease weight limit regulations for drivers hauling hay and water to ranchers.

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FMCSA to study 200 truckers to assess adding split sleeper berth options in hours regs

The agency’s split sleeper berth pilot program seeks to determine the effects split sleeper berth options, such as splits of 5-5, 6-4 and 7-3, would have on drivers. The study’s outcome could dictate whether FMCSA decides to pursue reforms to hours of service regulations.

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POLL: Interstate/intrastate — Which hours of service rule do you operate within?

What's the nature of your operation when it comes to hours of service -- are you running under the primary U.S. hours rules (irrespective of niche-specific variants like oilfield), a combination of U.S./Canadian rules, one of the various intrastate parameters or short-haul exceptions?

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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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