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January 30, 2014

Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours of service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety. The test found that the provision, which requires drivers to take two successive periods off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during their once-a-week restart, is more effective at combating fatigue than the earlier rule, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

January 30, 2014

Field Study Proves Benefit of Restart Rule, FMCSA Says

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours-of-service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Motor Safety Administration reports.

January 24, 2014

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Dips in November but Remains in Positive Territory

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 7.01 in November, while 20% lower than the previous month, still reflects a positive environment for truckers.

January 16, 2014

New HOS Rules Continue to Impact Bottom Lines

Transport Capital Partners fourth-quarter survey results show new hours-of-service impacting productivity, carriers expecting wages to climb, and more entry-level drivers to be sought by fleets.

January 15, 2014

Ferro Responds to Critics of Zero Truck Fatality Goal During TRB

Is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s goal of zero truck-related fatalities an ideology or an appropriate aspiration?

January 10, 2014

Capacity Growth An Inevitable Result of Lowered Utilization

The fourth-quarter Transport Capital Partners survey finds a large majority of carriers expecting to grow capacity, and many moving to replace their aging vehicles.

January 10, 2014

Proposed Coercion Rule Closer to Publication

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is one step closer to proposing a rule that would prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers or receivers. The proposal is now at the White House Office of Management and Budget for review before publication.

January 8, 2014

ATA Calls on Washington to Have a Productive 2014

With Congress returning to Washington this week, leaders of American Trucking Associations called on lawmakers and policymakers in Washington to take several steps to improve the nation’s economy and make our highways safer.

January 7, 2014

Commentary: Looking Back, Looking Forward

As the year drew to a close, we looked back on the last 12 months, identifying the high points and low points, our challenges and triumphs, and hopefully, what we learned.

January 6, 2014

A Challenging Year Ahead on Capitol Hill

Trucking’s overriding challenge on Capitol Hill this year is passage of a new highway program. The current program expires at the end of October. It launched a number of substantive reforms and policy initiatives but was funded for just two years with money taken from here and there in the federal budget.

January 6, 2014

Commentary: Why I Changed My Mind About Cell Phone Bans

I hate rules, but there’s one I like, namely the ban on cell-phone use while driving. It’s a long way from universal state to state, but New York has just gotten very tough indeed on truck-driver use of cellular tools, and that’s fine by me.

December 20, 2013

Ayotte Introduces Bill to Suspend 34-Hour Restart

Sen. Kelley Ayotte, R-N.H., has introduced companion legislation to the House bill aimed at suspending the 34-hour restart provision of the hours-of-service rule.

December 20, 2013

Study: New HOS Rules Could Mean Higher Consumer Costs

New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours-of-service regulations for truckers could mean increased costs for consumers, according to a new study from the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute.

December 18, 2013

FMCSA Eases Enforcement of Break Requirement for Short-Haul Drivers

Short-haul drivers who find that they unexpectedly exceed their daily limits can get relief from enforcement of the 30-minute break requirement.

December 17, 2013

DAT Analyst Sees Truckload Rates Reflecting Hours Rule

Truckload carriers are raising their rates to cover increased costs from the new hours-of service rule, but not enough to keep up with the estimated loss of productivity, says Mark Montague of DAT, the load matching and analytic services company.

December 17, 2013

Driver Seeks HOS Exemption

A team driver based in Washington state has asked for an exemption to the hours-of-service rule for himself and his co-driver.

December 9, 2013

Oregon Timber Haulers Seek Rest Break Exemption

The Oregon Trucking Association is asking for a limited exemption from the 30-minute break requirement for timber haulers in that state.

November 21, 2013

Little Common Ground at Restart Hearing

The subject at Thursday’s House hearing was truck driver hours-of-service regulations, but the target was federal regulation of business. Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, testified that the 34-hour restart provision of the rule will save an estimated 19 lives a year.

November 20, 2013

34-Hour Restart Faces Test

The stage is set for a political grilling of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at a House hearing Thursday on the hours-of-service rule. Amid relentless criticism of the 34-hour restart and 30-minute break provisions of the rule, agency administrator Anne Ferro will be called on to explain and defend the agency’s decision-making.

November 19, 2013

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Edges Higher in September

Even though FTR's Shippers Conditions Index improved marginally in September along with a small improvement in the environment affecting shippers it is not expected to hold.

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