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December 14, 2014

ATA Prevails in Restart Fight

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.

December 10, 2014

Reaction to Restart Suspension Includes Enforcement Concerns

As Congress moves toward suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, some trucking groups applaud the move while police worry about how they will enforce the change.

December 8, 2014

Alertness Detection System Monitors Tired Drivers

The InterCore Driver Alertness Detection System is a cloud based service that monitors driver alertness in real time using a camera linked to a smartphone.

November 21, 2014

Specialized Carriers Seek Exemption from 30-Minute Break Requirement

The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for relief from the provision, which says drivers must take a half-hour break in an 8-hour shift.

November 18, 2014

Movers Seek Exemption from 14-Hour Limit

The International Association of Movers, a global trade association representing van lines and others, asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to let drivers work after the 14th hour in certain circumstances.

November 13, 2014

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.

November 12, 2014

Carriers Look for HOS Flexibility to Ease Port Congestion

Trucking interests are preparing a request for temporary flexibility in the hours of service rules to help ease the congestion that is plaguing major ports. “We need some relief now,” said Curtis Whalen, executive director of the American Trucking Associations Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference.

October 28, 2014

Sleeper Pilot Program on Track for 2016

It will take another year to launch a pilot program to see if drivers can safely split their sleeper berth rest time. The option is being pushed by carriers and drivers who believe more flexible rules could actually reduce driver fatigue.

September 10, 2014

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.

September 5, 2014

Michigan Adds Truck Parking System to I-94

The Michigan Department of Transportation has activated the Truck Parking Information and Management System on a section of Interstate 94 in southwest Michigan.

August 26, 2014

Fleetmatics Adds HOS Logging to Reveal

Fleetmatics has upgraded its Reveal fleet management service with improvements to hours of service logging.

July 24, 2014

Commentary: Hours of Service Insanity

Combine a truck crash, a celebrity, and an election year, and what do you get? An HOS rules feeding frenzy on Capitol Hill and in the media.

July 1, 2014

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.

June 23, 2014

Former FMCSA Head Supports Restart Amendment, Slams Critics for 'Political Opportunism'

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg supports the trucking industry's push for a study on the impact of the current restart provision while rolling the restart rules back to pre-July 2013. Sandberg says the trucking industry supports suspending the restart restrictions because they believe that good public policy comes from good data and a good understancfing of the facts, not from emotional appeals.

June 19, 2014

Senate Halts Debate on HOS Restart Provision

Partisan differences halted Senate debate on an appropriations bill that includes a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. As the debate began, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced an amendment that would change Sen. Susan Collins’s provision calling for suspension of the restart and a study of its impact.

June 17, 2014

HOS Restart Fight Pending in Senate

The effort to suspend the hours of service restart provision will come to a head on the Senate floor this week, possibly this afternoon.

June 11, 2014

No Restart Suspension in House Appropriations Bill

The trucking industry effort to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule missed a gear Tuesday when the House passed an appropriations bill that does not contain such a provision.

June 7, 2014

FMCSA Exempts Livestock Haulers from 30-Minute Break Rule

A previous 90-day waiver was completed successfully with no adverse effects to safety. This is the second exemption to be granted by the agency.

June 6, 2014

Funding Bill Sets Deadline for ELD Mandate: January 30, 2015

The bill that would suspend the new 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule also sets a deadline for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to publish its electronic logging device mandate: January 30, 2015.

June 6, 2014

Senate Panel Votes to Suspend Hours of Service Restart Pending Study

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted by a wide margin to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies the impact of the rule.

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