hours of service

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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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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