hours of service

ELD mandate supplants hours of service as trucking’s top concern, survey shows

The complete results of the annual survey, which generated more than 3,200 responses from motor carriers and commercial drivers, were released today. The electronic logging device mandate scheduled to take effect next December is now the most concerning issue in trucking, survey respondents said, pushing hours to the No. 2 spot.

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34-hour restart clarification misses another funding bill

Congress passed Wednesday a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 9. Though the stopgap spending law wards off a government shutdown, the bill did not include a provision to clarify the future of hours of service rules pertaining to truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart.

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Hours reform left out of Senate bill, 34-hour restart future still uncertain

Reports indicated lawmakers would use the bill to fix a “legislative glitch” initiated last December that could remove the 34-hour restart from hours-of-service regulations, meaning truckers could not use a restart if they wanted. But the Senate bill, made public Thursday, includes no such fix.

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Five states waive hours regs for fuel haulers due to pipeline spill

These five states have suspended hours of service rules for fuel transporters in light of a pipeline leak that spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of gasoline.

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Hours of service changes on the docket as Congress reconvenes for fall session

Congress must take action this fall to prevent the 34-hour restart from falling out of hours of service code.

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FMCSA denies inspectors’ request to rescind 30-minute break rule

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance filed a petition last year asking FMCSA to rescind the rule, saying it was difficult to enforce, allows greater opportunity for falsified duty logs and contributes little to on-highway safety. FMCSA, however, denied the petition, saying it disagrees with CVSA's assertions.

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FMCSA grants logbook exemption to short-haul carrier

A Pennsylvania-based trucking company’s drivers have been granted an exemption from keeping a daily record of duty status.

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POLL: Have hours of service violations been an issue for your business?

With more states showing evidence of ramping up hours of service enforcement in recent years, have violations been an issue for your business?

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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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