14-hour rule

Things truckers deal with that would be weird if everyone did them

"Here's a startling thought: what if everyone had a 14-hour clock? You're sitting in the emergency room with a sliced-up finger and the surgeon sewing it back together falls out like a fainting goat half-way through the procedure."...

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ELD maker launches petition to add 14-hour flexibility, presents data on detention and race-the-clock dynamics

KeepTruckin's petition has a goal of garnering 10,000 signatures, and it believes their data shows hard evidence of the hurry-up effect of undue dock delays. It could provide evidence of "race-the-clock" dynamics many operators have long suspected as part-and-parcel of the 14-hour rule/ELD/dock-delay combination.

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FMCSA to ask White House to clear split sleeper berth pilot program

The agency Friday said it plans to file its research plan with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, who must approve the study before the agency proceeds. The move is the latest step toward potential revision of hours of service regs to add long-wanted flexibility for truck operators.

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14-hour, ELD reform should be top priority for new FMCSA administrator, readers say

Readers delivered on our call for viewpoint on just where the next FMCSA administrator's priorities should sit -- the electronic logging device mandate stood out, with views toward hours of service reform with an emphasis on greater split-sleeper flexibility a primary theme.

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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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An ELD rate boost? Maybe, but look out for the safety banana peel

"The real tragedy is the runaway economic and safety burden will fall on an unsuspecting public at a time when economic stress has been at an all-time high since the Great Depression." --reader and truck owner Gary Carlisle

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Logging in the ELD environment: Annotations/notes section is driver’s friend when ‘weird situations’ arise, FMCSA says

ELD exemption questions, personal conveyance circumstances, yard moves, more: In "any weird situation," said FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo, "annotate it in the driver’s record would be clear if somebody asked you for it."

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‘The real problem’ isn’t ELDs

Now that it appears the ELD mandate is about to amplify the shortcomings of the hours of service rule, it’s time to address the real problem, not its surrogate.

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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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Readers offer 14-hour fixes with pay for time, hours revisions, more

Following my post Friday last week about part of the two days I spent running with Ohio-based owner-operator Scott Reed, readers responded in numbers with 14-hour fix suggestions. Among them was Gary Carlisle, increasingly outspoken advocate for change ...

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