hours of service

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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FMCSA to hold two hours-of-service Q&A webinars this month

The sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon Eastern time, and Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 3-4 p.m. Eastern. Pre-registration is required.

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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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Fuel haulers, relief load haulers exempt from hours regs in 26 states over Harvey disruptions

Hours of service regulations for truckers hauling gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, propane and other home heating fuels in 26 states have been suspended. The exemption also applies to carriers and drivers “providing direct assistance to the emergency in the States of Texas and Louisiana.”

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Montana, Dakotas suspend hours regs for drought relief haulers

In addition to hours-of-service reprieves for truckers hauling supplies to help livestock producers in the states, Montana and North Dakota’s orders also ease weight limit regulations for drivers hauling hay and water to ranchers.

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