Regulations

With a sense of hope for hours reforms, truckers air their suggestions in first FMCSA listening session

In the first of four planned listening sessions, truckers provided anecdotal evidence for hours changes and their suggestions, with the straight 14-hour rule and the 30-minute break requirement being highlighted as chief areas for the agency to focus its reform efforts.

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ZED Connect ELD and data platform updates

In California intrastate and Canadian rules modes newly added to the ZED ELD, the status display has shifted from a ticking countdown clock to one more commensurate with driver's long interaction with paper logs, says company Director of Sales John Henry.

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HOS reform: Now’s the time to comment, says Martinez, who hopes to ‘fast track’ potential rulemaking

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez, who spoke to a small group of reporters on Friday at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, said should the agency pursue changes to hours of service, he hopes to work quickly through the rulemaking process. "We’re committed to moving on this,” he said. “I don’t think this should be an issue that languishes."

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FMCSA on ELDs and enforcement: Know what you’re dealing with at roadside

The more the driver knows about the specifics of the device he/she is using and its data-transfer protocols, "the better off that inspection will go" -- live vid from FMCSA's ELD seminar at GATS; reporting from the roadside in Tennessee, and more.

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Clean inspections account for a bigger share of checks; Updated state rankings for enforcement intensity

In 2017, total heavy-duty truck and driver inspection numbers rose by more than 70,000, much of it accounted for by clean inspections. Only North Carolina was newly among top ten states in our rankings for inspection intensity.

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FMCSA grants waiver to allow GPS mounting on windshields in ‘safety technology’ area

The waiver allows the mounting of GPS devices no more than four inches below the upper edge of the area swept by windshield wipers and no more than 7 inches above the lower edge swept by windshield wipers would not obstruct the drivers’ view of the road.

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A training suggestion for robust pre-CDL and finishing programs

If companies really want to fix their driver retention issues, offer free and thorough training for pre-CDL training. Not just a grand total of 50 hours. Second, give recruits time to adapt in finishing programs: six months ought to be a minimum and should include winter driving. Eight months would be better.

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FMCSA wants feedback on hours of service reforms around 14-hour rule, split sleeper, 30-minute break

FMCSA is seeking feedback from industry stakeholders on ways to overhaul hours regs, including extending drivers' 14-hour daily limit by two hours in the event of adverse conditions, allowing drivers to split their 10-hour off-duty period into segments and revising the 30-minute break requirement.

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FMCSA hosting listening session on autonomous trucks at GATS this week

In a Federal Register notice announcing the meeting, FMCSA says it will be a chance for participants to share their views on the FMCSRs as they relate to the development and safe integration of autonomous trucks.

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FMCSA again plans to cut UCR fees for 2019, 2020

FMCSA proposes to lower fees for the 2019 registration year (with collection beginning on or around Oct. 1, 2018) by approximately 17.59 percent below the 2017 fee level. Proposed fees for the 2020 registration year would be reduced by approximately 9.5 percent from the 2017 level.

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