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Let the 14-hour conversations … begin?

'Continue' rather than 'begin' is probably the best word to describe what's been at the forefront of hours-change debate for years now. Voices here following OOIDA's lodging of a petition to the FMCSA to add an up-to-three-hour off-duty pause to extend the clock.

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OOIDA asks FMCSA to institute pause button for 14-hour clock

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a petition with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration asking the agency to allow drivers to pause their 14-hour daily clock for up to three straight hours and to nix the 30-minute rest break required by current hours regs.

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Some states aren’t enforcing the ELD mandate yet simply because they can’t

Some states won’t be writing citations or tickets for non compliance with the ELD mandate because, legally, they can’t.

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ELD mandate meets reality

Increasingly, mandated ELDs are highlighting inadequacies of the hours of service rule. But "rules are rules," note watchers. Regarding the wiggle room that drivers enjoyed with paper logs, there is no quick tweaking of hours today in the cards that would restore that unofficial flexibility.

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Truckers sound off in favor of OOIDA’s ELD exemption request

The exemption, if granted, would apply to small businesses (those with up to $27.5 million a year in revenue) who have no at-fault crashes on their record and who have a “Satisfactory” or “Conditional” safety rating. The comment period closes Thursday, Feb. 1, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

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Groups representing Sikh, Punjabi truckers seek ELD compliance delay for certain drivers

Two groups representing Sikh truckers and Punjabi truckers are petitioning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a delay in complying with the electronic logging device mandate for members who haul agricultural products, as well as small business trucker members.

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Readers respond to the passing of OOIDA President Jim Johnston with condolences, memories

Some words of condolence and recollection came in response to both the news of the passing of -- in the words of one reader -- "a trucker's trucker," longtime OOIDA President and Cofounder Jim Johnston.

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Todd Spencer to head OOIDA until April vote for president

OOIDA's board will hold a vote in April to choose the association's next president and CEO, OOIDA has said in a statement. Association Executive Vice President Todd Spencer has assumed the role of acting president and CEO in the meantime.

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Old Spice and sunshine: Remembering Jim Johnston

"He looked like sunshine and smelled like Old Spice and Marlboro cigarettes, and he was a big deal to me." --Wendy remembers OOIDA head Jim Johnston, who passed on at 78.

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OOIDA boss, ‘crusader for rights of truckers’ Jim Johnston dies at 78

Johnston was "a resilient leader whose determination secured a position on the frontlines for truckers' rights," the group said in a statement. He served as OOIDA's president and CEO for nearly 44 years, since 1974. He was part of a group of truck drivers that founded OOIDA in 1973. 

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