hours of service

Bill in Congress would allow drivers to pause 14-hour clock for up to three hours

A bill filed in the U.S. House Thursday by Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) would allow drivers to take one break per day -- of up to three hours -- that does not count against their 14-hour on-duty allotment. The bill mirrors a petition filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association last month, calling for a pause button for drivers' daily 14-hour clock of up to three hours and the removal of the mandatory 30-minute break ...

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FMCSA administrator hits a buzzsaw of criticism and frustration at MATS listening session

The good news: Martinez and other officials are for once at least seeming to understand owner-ops' principal problem with the hours of service rule. And the 14-hour conversations keep on keeping on.

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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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DOT surveying truckers on personal vehicle commute times

FMCSA has announced intentions to survey drivers about the time they spend commuting in their personal vehicles, seeking to determine how often truckers’ commutes to their driving jobs exceed 2 and a half hours. The agency also says it intends to study the ramifications of “excessive commuting on safety and driver fatigue” after the survey’s completion.

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FMCSA proposes altering personal conveyance guidelines as ELD mandate arrives

The key change to the personal conveyance guidance is the removal of the requirement that trucks be unladen to be used for personal conveyance. FMCSA says the change is mostly meant to allow straight truck drivers the opportunity to use their truck, even if it is laden with work- or load-related materials or tools, for personal use.

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Owner-operators rail against hours-of-service rule in House hearing on federal regulations

The House Committee on Small Business heard Wednesday from owner-operators and small business truckers about federal regulations, specifically the ELD mandate and hours of service, and their impact on small trucking businesses.

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Intermodal fleet gets log-keeping exemption

Rail Delivery Services has been granted an exemption that allows its drivers who occasionally work more than 12 hours in a day to utilize the 100 air-mile radius logbook exemption.

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Propane shortage prompts emergency declaration, hours suspension in Wisconsin

Carriers and drivers “in the process of obtaining and transporting propane” are eligible to operate under the hours suspension on all highways in Wisconsin, including intestates.

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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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Hours regs suspensions extended in Texas, Montana, Dakotas for natural disaster relief

The Texas emergency declaration for Hurricane Harvey relief was extended through Dec. 22, and the emergency declaration for Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota in response to severe drought conditions was extended through Dec. 15.

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