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December 18, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Restart Suspension Notice

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration posted official notice that the more restrictive version of the 34-hour restart has been suspended.

Tags: FMCSA, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Restart Change Now in Effect

The pre-2013 34-hour restart rule is now in effect. On Tuesday President Obama signed the 2015 appropriations bill, which contains a provision suspending the more restrictive restart that went into effect as part of the hours of service rules enacted in July 2013.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, Enforcement

December 14, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Prevails in Restart Fight

Photo: Jim Park

American Trucking Associations won its fight against the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. On Saturday night the Senate passed and sent to President Obama a bill that replaces the controversial restart with an earlier, less restrictive, version while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does more research on the issue.

Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Restart Suspension Waiting for Senate Action

File photo.

Thursday night's approval of an omnibus spending bill by the House of Representatives brought a suspension of the controversial 34-hour restart provision of truck driver hours-of-service regulations one step closer to reality.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

FTR: Restart Suspension Could Boost Industry Productivity

Photo via FTR.

By increasing truckload capacity of the industry, there should be a slight boost to potential productivity, according to analysis from transportation research firm FTR.

Tags: FTR, Truckload, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart, FMCSA, Hours of Service

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.

Tags: ATA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations, Legislation

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Declares Florida Driver an Imminent Hazard

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered truck driver James H. Patterson not to operate any commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, declaring him an imminent hazard to public safety. Patterson was involved in an accident in November that killed the driver of a passenger vehicle.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Cell Phone Use, Drug Charges

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Obama to Nominate NTSB Fatigue Expert to Head NHTSA

Rosekind in an official NTSB photo.

President Obama intends to nominate Mark Rosekind of the National Transportation Safety Board -- a noted fatigue scientist who has studied truck driver hours of service rules -- to the top job at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: NTSB, NHTSA, Sleep Apnea, Hours of Service, Fatigue, People

November 13, 2014 - Industry News

Survey: Electronic Logs Don't Lead to More Driver Harassment

Few truck drivers feel they are harassed by their employers or shippers, and drivers who use electronic logs experience no more harassment than those who use paper logs. Those are the key findings of a survey by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, HOS, ELDs, Hours of Service

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comments on ELD Registration Plan

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took a step toward the pending electronic logging mandate with a notice about registering the devices log manufacturers will bring to market.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Regulations, Hours of Service, Information Technology, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Home Heating Emergency Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration clarified its rule for tank carriers providing service in a home heating emergency.

Tags: FMCSA, Tankers, Hours of Service

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

One trucking group says the way to end the controversy is to go ahead and end the use of paper logbooks. Photo: Jim Park

The fight over the 34-hour restart broke out again Thursday. A safety advocacy group released research indicating that the public does not want truck drivers to work longer hours, and trucking groups jumped in.

Tags: Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Electronic Logging Devices, The Trucking Alliance, American Trucking Associations

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Poll Gauges American Attitudes Toward Trucking Image, Infrastructure Funding

Pollster Neil Newhouse talks about survey results. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO – It looks like the trucking industry's efforts to educate the general public about the safety and vital nature of trucking may be working, based on results of a new national poll released Monday at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Hours of Service, Survey, Image, Infrastructure Funding, ATA MC&E

September 24, 2014 - Product News

FMCSA Makes Changes to SMS Website to Improve User Experience

Joseph DeLorenzo, director office of enforcement and compliance, FMCSA, explained change to the agency’s SMS website during a conference at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville. Photo: Jim Beach

An FMCSA representative offers a guide to the changes in the website that hosts and displays safety information under the government's Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program plus a rules update at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, SMS, CSA, TMW Systems, Hours of Service, Regulations

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Parking Notification System to Go Nationwide

Truck Smart Parking Services Inc. and the infrastructure firm HNTB have struck a deal to take the Truck Parking Information and Management System nationwide.

Tags: HOS, Truck Parking, Drivers, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, Truckstops

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Household Movers Seek Exemption to 14-Hour Rule

Household goods movers say driver need to be able to drive from a delivery to a safe parking spot even if it's past the 14-hour window. Photo: Atlas Van Lines

Household goods movers represented by the American Moving and Storage Association are asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption to one part of hours of service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, American Moving & Storage Association, Household Goods Movers

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

New Parking System Helps Truckers Find Open Spaces

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is implementing a system for monitoring parking availability at truck stops along a section of Interstate 94.

Tags: Hours of Service, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Truck Parking, Rest Areas, Minnesota, Truckstops

August 20, 2014 - Industry News

Gaines Motor Lines Agrees to $262,500 Settlement Over Fired Drivers

The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement with Gaines Motor Lines and its owners that includes paying more than a quarter of a million dollars to resolve findings made by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Hours of Service, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Company Fined Nearly $1 Million for Hours of Service Violations, Firings

OSHA says an asphalt paving company wrongfully terminated an unnamed foreman plus two unnamed truck drivers for raising safety concerns after being told to violate trucker hours of service regulations.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Driver In I-55 Crash Pleads Not Guilty

A truck driver has pleaded not guilty to charges of falsifying his logbooks and failure to maintain proper records resulting from a fatal July crash on I-55 near Chicago, but reckless homicide charges are still possible in the crash that killed five.

Tags: Hours of Service, Illinois, I-55

August 8, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Authority of Company for Not Allowing Access to Records

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended the operating authority of a single-truck motor carrier after it refused to provide access to company records for an investigation following a highly publicized fatal crash in the Chicago area.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Illinois, Operating Authority

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Takes Center Stage at Senate Safety Hearing

The impact of trucks hitting the road at dawn is one point of contention in the restart provisions.

A Senate hearing on truck safety was dominated by the ongoing struggle over the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. Anne Ferro, in what was probably her last congressional testimony before she steps down as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, defended the restart.

Tags: Safety, Hours of Service, Senate Commerce Committee, 34-Hour Restart

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Tracy Morgan, Others Sue Walmart Over Truck Crash

Comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart following a crash last month on the New Jersey Turnpike in which he was severely injured, while James McNair, a comedian known as Jimmy Mack was killed and two others were hurt.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, Hours of Service, New Jersey, Fatigue, Safety & Compliance, Walmart, Litigation, 34-Hour Restart

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Electronic Signatures Now Allowed on Driver Logging Programs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revised its guidance regarding hours of service logging software programs on laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones, to allow for digital driver signatures.

Tags: FMCSA, Information Technology, Hours of Service

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

Reaction to ELD Proposal Goes Full Circle

UPDATED -- Comments on the proposed Electronic Logging Device mandate cover the full spectrum of reactions, from outrage and disdain at Big Brother government to applause for a sensible and long-overdue safety rule.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, OOIDA, CVSA, ELDs, Hours of Service, Regulations

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