Regulations

House clears bill to suspend restart rules, bill moves to Senate

| December 12, 2014

The suspension of parts of the 2013 hours-of-service rule moved a step closer to fruition Thursday, as the House cleared a spending bill that includes language to halt enforcement of some HOS provisions at least until September.

POLL: How often do you use the 34-hour restart?

| December 11, 2014

Since the 2013 changes to the hours of service, the 34-hour restart has been restricted to use only once per week -- how often have you utilized it to reset your hours in the period since?

More voices on restart rollback; And a moving encounter off I-395 in ConnecticutPodcast

| December 11, 2014

Audio mailbag No. 2 on the restart as Congress mulls big spending bill; And: driver Scott LeVan's encounter with Ben, a wounded German Shepherd, brings tears to a grown man's eyes.

Calif. finalizes some exemptions, compliance alternatives to emissions regulations

| December 10, 2014

CARB has finalized the compliance alternatives and extension amendments it proposed earlier this year, effectively allowing the owner-operators and small fleet owners who qualify some delays in complying with the state’s emissions regulations.

Audio mailbag: FMCSA ‘barked up the wrong tree’ with 2013-implemented restart changesPodcast

| December 10, 2014

Podcast: In the wake of Congressional efforts to force a stay on the 2013 restart provisions of truckers' hours of service this week, readers weighed in on their view of the so-called 'Collins amendment.'

34-hour restart provisions could be suspended, bill strips funding from enforcement

| December 10, 2014

Controversy and disagreement over inclusions in Congress' omnibus appropriations bill have clouded the bill's fate, but it's still expected to clear Congress with the language to halt enforcement of the 34-hour restart provisions.

FMCSA takes next step in entry-level driver training rule with ‘negotiated rulemaking’ plan

| December 09, 2014

The agency will formally announce this week a plan to form a “negotiated rulemaking” or “reg neg” committee made up of regulators, carriers, licensing agencies, training organizations, enforcement groups, labor unions, safety groups and others.

Oregon: An edge on hours

| December 09, 2014

The state of Oregon is known among owner-operators for more than its scenic mountain passes and rocky coast: Oregon’s weight-distance tax data sharpens its focus on log violations.

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