hours of service

Updated list: Exemptions to hours regs issued in some states for propane, fuel, relief load haulers

In wake of Winter Storm Hercules and the extreme temperatures in impacted states, several states have issued exemptions or waivers of federal hours-of-service rules for truck drivers hauling fuel to or in those states.

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Bill to overturn hours-of-service rule introduced in Senate, referred to committee

A bill introduced in the Senate last week that, if enacted, would halt the most recent hours-of-service rule change and allow truck drivers to operate under the pre-July 1 rules again, until Congress can review the rule further.

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Warning for short haulers: Exceeding distance, time limits makes 30-min. break mandatory

Short haul drivers who exceed the distance or time limits that qualify them as short haul drivers would be subject to complying with the mandatory 30-minute break required by the July 1 hours rule.

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Sleeper time flexibility study could be in works as ATA requests, FMCSA says it’s planning

FMCSA says it's planning a field study to gather more data on whether split sleeper berth time is an OK alternative for drivers. Separately, ATA proposed this week the agency conduct a 2-year pilot program to study split sleep.

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Log haulers in Oregon asking for exemption of hours rule break requirement

Timber haulers in Oregon are seeking an exemption to the 30-minute break required by the hours of service rule that went into effect July 1, saying environmental and seasonal restrictions already limit their ability to get logs to mills.

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Undoing hours rule, implementing e-logs key items on 2014 ATA agenda

ATA Chairman Phil Byrd said undoing this year's hours-of-service rule changes, working on an electronic log mandate, fixing CSA and working to improve driver respect are some key areas ATA will focus on in 2014.

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Owner-operator testifies to Congress on damaging effects of new hours provisions

Owner-operator Tilden Curl testified before Congress this week to say the new rules have cost him thousands of dollars a month and do little to make the industry safer.

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FMCSA’s Ferro defends hours rule, says agency won’t undo it

Administrator Anne Ferro persistently defended her Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's hours-of-service rule Nov. 21 in a House subcommittee hearing, saying she is not open to repealing the regulations.

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OOIDA survey latest to show hours-of-service rules cut pay, increase driver fatigue

A full 65 percent of the 4,000 truck drivers surveyed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said the new hours of service rules have caused them to receive less income, while 46 percent report feeling more fatigued since the new rules took effect.

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Agency needs to justify hours rule that’s ‘purely ideological,’ congressman says

Overdrive had the exclusive opportunity to speak with Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), who's been backing a delay of the new hours rule since July, about the upcoming House hearing on hours of service rules.

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