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August 12, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Stands by Oilfield HOS Guidance, Seeks Comments on Other Exemptions

An hours-of-service guidance for oilfield haulers will remain as it is, although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it is open to applications for individual exceptions. In other HOS news, the agency is looking for comments on exempting munitions and livestock haulers from the 30-minute break requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS

August 9, 2013 - Industry News

ELog Proposal Goes to Office of Management and Budget

The Transportation Department sent its proposed Electronic Logging Devices rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final vetting before publication.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, EOBR, Fleets, eLog

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

Court Upholds 34-Hour Restart, Rejects 30-Minute Break for Short-Haul Drivers

A federal appeals court generally affirmed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new hours-of-service rule. It rejected the agency’s application of the 30-minute break to short-haul drivers.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the 34-hour restart provision of the new truck driver hours-of-service rule but rejected the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul drivers.

Tags: HOS, Hours of Service, FMCSA, Litigation

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hair Testing More Reliable for Detecting Illegal Drug Use, HHS Panel Told

Five years of dual testing data from the trucking industry, which included over 200,000 DOT driver candidates from more than 25 different motor carriers, demonstrates that urine testing by itself is no longer effective for pre-employment screening.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Drug Testing

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Report Says to Expect Three FMCSA Proposals Soon

The U.S. Transportation Department has released its semi-annual regulatory agenda summarizing of all current and projected rulemakings. On the near-term agenda are a drug and alcohol testing database, no-defect DVIRs and electronic driver logs.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, EOBR, ELD, Regulations

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Fines Carrier for Firing Driver Who Refused to Run Over Hours

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Boston has ordered Massachusetts-based motor carrier Brillo Motor Transportation and its owner to reinstate a former employee and pay him $96,864 in back wages and interest, $9,669 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, Hours of Service, Enforcement, Drivers

July 12, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Changes Instructions for Off-Duty Time

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has simplified its instructions for driver off-duty time, issuing a new "guidance" regarding the need to get instructions from employers.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Outlines Long-Term Plan for Driver Fitness Rating

Federal safety officials have a vision for a driver fitness rating system, but it will take close to a decade to get it done. In a recent report to Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlined a nine-year plan to develop the system, contingent on getting its other work done and obtaining the resources for the job.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Drivers, Regulations, Safety

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants 30-Minute Break Waiver to Livestock Haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday is expected to publish its granting of a limited 90-day waiver from the 30-minute rest break provision of the federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for the transportation of livestock.

Tags: HOS, FMCSA, Livestock Hauling, Regulations

July 1, 2013 - Industry News

New Hours of Service Enforcement Begins Today

It’s the day many in trucking have dreaded. July 1 is the day updated hours of service regulations go into effect. Here's some information to help you make sense of the changes.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS

June 28, 2013 - Industry News

Status Report: Cross-Border Trucking Program with Mexico

Nearly two years after the United States and Mexico agreed to resume a long-haul cross-border pilot trucking program between the two countries, the amount of participation by Mexican operations continues increasing, but only slowly, and far from what federal officials hoped to see.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

Two Indicted For Ignoring FMCSA Out-of-Service Order

If anyone thinks the FMCSA is not serious about trucking and bus companies staying off the road after it has ordered them to shut down, due to safety concerns, you only need to look as far as what has happened to one operation and two individuals who have been indicted.

Tags: FMCSA

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

HOS Log: A Two-Day Trip Becomes a Three-Day Trip

Credit: DAT

How will the new hours of service rules affect typical 1,000-mile hauls? A few of the new rules can make the timing of a driver's on-duty hours critical to a successful trip. For example, the lane from Chicago to Houston, typically a two-day trip, could be tricky under the new HOS rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, DAT Transcore

June 19, 2013 - Industry News

Ready for New HOS Enforcement on July 1st?

Credit: DAT

Draw a big, red circle around July 1 on your calendar. That's the date when the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration will officially begin enforcing the new hours of service regulations for all commercial motor vehicles that are involved in interstate commerce.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, DAT Transcore

June 18, 2013 - Industry News

"Somewhat Contentious" Hearing on Hours of Service, EOBRs Also Discussed

Trucking is a diverse industry, so "one size fits all" regulations are problematic, say critics.

The hearing by the House Highways Subcommittee offered the major contenders in the perpetual HOS wars a chance to air their complaints, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration the chance to defend itself.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, OOIDA, HOS

June 18, 2013 - Industry News

EOBR/ELD Proposal Advances from FMCSA to DOT Secretary’s Office

No matter if you call them electronic on-board recorders, electronic logging devices, or black boxes, a proposal to mandate their use is slowly winding its was through the bureaucratic hands of the federal government, putting it closer to publication.

Tags: EOBR, ELD, FMCSA, U.S. DOT

June 18, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Critical of New Hours-of-Service During Congressional Hearing

In testimony today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s panel on highways and transit, Steve Williams, chairman and CEO of Maverick USA, said changes to federal hours-of-service rules, set to take effect July 1, are costly and unsupported by data or research.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, ATRI

June 17, 2013 - Industry News

New Research Claims Flaws in HOS Restart Benefit

The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday released the findings of its assessment of the regulatory impact analysis used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to justify changes to the 34-hour restart provision, scheduled to take effect July 1.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, ATRI

June 14, 2013 - Industry News

New Hours-of-Service: You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

The clock is ticking down toward July 1, when truck drivers and carriers must comply with new hours-of-service rules, but a lot of questions about them remain. Below is an outline of the rules and some frequently asked questions, courtesy of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

New Study Puts Spotlight on FMCSA Insurance Requirement

Uninsured liabilities increasing for trucking companies, according to a new report. (Graphic: actuarial firm of Bickerstaff, Whatley, Ryan & Burkhalter)

A group of trucking companies released research indicating that the federal insurance requirement for the industry is too low, but others such as ATA and OOIDA disagree. The Trucking Alliance, a group of seven carriers that lobby for safety legislation on Capitol Hill, found that the dollar settlements in some cases were far above the $750,000 minimum federal insurance requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Insurance, OOIDA, Litigation

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Appeals for Rehearing on Pilot Mexican Trucking Program

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the largest organization in the U.S. representing the rights of professional truck drivers, filed an appeal in its lawsuit against the Department of Transportation and its cross-border trucking program with Mexico on Monday, June 3.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, OOIDA

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Oklahoma and Missouri Waivers Added to Growing List from FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended a regional emergency in areas of Oklahoma affected by a series of tornados that hit the area as early as May 18.

Tags: FMCSA, Missouri, Oklahoma, Disaster Relief

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Again Challenging Mexican Truck Program

The Teamsters Union, along with the Sierra Club, on Monday asked for a rehearing on their challenge to the U.S. Department of Transportation's long-haul cross-border trucking program.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, OOIDA, Teamsters, Mexico

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA's CSA and Motorcoach HOS Subcommittees to Meet in June

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's Compliance, Safety, Accountability and Motorcoach Hours of Service subcommittees have set a meeting for next month.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Outlines Survey Plans for Electronic Onboard Recorders

In 2011 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia Circuit vacated the FMCSA's plan to mandate electronic recorders for hours of service because it had not addressed harassment.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to survey drivers and carriers on the role of electronic onboard recorders in driver harassment. Harassment became a key issue in the pending EOBR rule when an appeals court, acting on a challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said the agency needed to pay more attention to this concern.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, EOBR

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