Hours of Service

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May 2, 2016

Trucking Alliance Opposes HOS Fix in Senate Bill

A coalition of major carriers has come out firmly opposed to language put forth by the Senate Appropriations Committee to fix earlier legislative wording that muddied the future status of the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours of Service rule.

April 21, 2016

Senate Bill Includes Hours-of-Service Fix; Demands Speed-Limiter Rule

The transportation spending bill advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee fixes wording in earlier legislation that muddied what the status of the 34-hour restart would be if a study by the Department of Transportation cannot show that controversial restart changes benefit drivers.

April 21, 2016

Fleet Complete Launches Hours of Service Mobile App

Fleet Complete has launched an Hours of Service mobile app ahead of the new electronic logging device regulations which take effect in December 2017.

April 19, 2016

Safety Groups Oppose Changing HOS in THUD Bill

A broad coalition of interest groups is lobbying Congress “to oppose any special interest anti-truck safety riders including changes to the truck driver hours of service rules..."

April 14, 2016

Sen. Boxer Opposes Resurrecting Trucker Rest-Break Reform

An effort appears under way to insert a pro-trucking reform twice shot down by this Congress in the Fiscal Year 2017 THUD bill. However, if Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has her way, the proposal will die yet a third death on Capitol Hill.

April 6, 2016

5 Things You Need to Know About ELDs

Electronic logging devices to track driver hours of service become mandatory in December 2017. Everything you need to know about compliance is spelled out in the final rule, but here's a quick look at some of the more common sources of confusion – and a few things you'll need to consider that are not spelled out in the text of the rule.

March 31, 2016

OOIDA Challenges ELD Mandate as Unconstitutional

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a court appeal charging that electronic logging devices won’t improve safety and violate the 4th Amendment.

March 30, 2016

Canadian Driver Repeatedly Ignores Out-Of-Service Orders

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has prohibited Ontario, Canada-licensed truck driver Inderjit Singh Gill from operating any commercial vehicle in the U.S. for falsifying records and repeatedly ignoring out-of-service violations.

March 28, 2016

FMSCA Denies Oil-Patch HOS Exemption Request

FMCSA has denied an application for an exemption from the 14-hour provision of the hours-of-service rules that would have let truck drivers serving oil and natural gas fields to exclude waiting time from their calculations of on-duty time.

March 11, 2016

Latest Aviation Bill Ditches Pro-Trucking Reform

The effort to inject a reform proposal widely viewed as favorable to trucking into an aviation bill has crashed and burned. At least for now.

March 9, 2016

J.J. Keller Offers ELD Ordering Online

J.J. Keller & Associates has made its electronic logging devices and accessories available for order online through the company’s website.

February 29, 2016

Catching Hours-Of-Service Cheaters

A false log was No. 10 in the list of top 20 driver violations in 2015. As a motor carrier, you’re liable for false logs filled out by your drivers if you should have had the means to detect the violations.

February 16, 2016

Bill Language Could Put 34-Hour Restart at Risk

Legislation that was intended to strengthen the suspension of some controversial provisions related to the 34-hour restart rules regulating driver hours of service could accidentally kill the 34-hour restart altogether.

February 10, 2016

NTSB: Trucker, Carrier, FMCSA at Fault in Fatal Truck Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of a fatal truck crash two year ago was a trucker's fatigue – but it said a carrier's failure to adhere to HOS rules and “inadequate safety oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration" contributed as well.

February 7, 2016

Aviation Bill Harbors Pro-Trucking Reform

Intended to keep states from preempting federal motor-carriage regulations, a proposal that that did not make it into the highway bill has resurfaced in reauthorization legislation for the Federal Aviation Administration.

January 22, 2016

FMCSA Offers ELD Rule Webinars to Help Fleets Comply

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration National Training Center has announced two webinars about the new electronic logging device mandate to help fleets comply with the rules.

January 21, 2016

J.J. Keller Adds More HOS Rule Sets to ELog App

J.J. Keller & Associates has expanded the number of Hours of Service rule sets in its mobile logging app to help fleets maintain compliance under the electronic logging device mandate.

December 10, 2015

Trucking (Mostly) Welcomes Electronic Log Rule

Given how much industry feedback — dating back five years — informed the writing of the electronic logging device mandate announced Thursday, it’s not surprising that stakeholder reaction right out of the gate is mostly positive, with owner-operators marking the exception.

December 10, 2015

For Whom the ELD Bell Tolls

It's official, finally; hours of service is going electronic. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor and former driver Jim Park tells fleets and owner-operators to prepare now for a cut in productivity and make the necessary adjustment to your operation while you still can.

December 10, 2015

FMCSA Announces Electronic Logs Mandate

By early December 2017, an estimated 3 million commercial drivers will have thrown out their paper logbooks. A long-anticipated rule requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) for truck and bus driver hours of service was announced Thursday morning.

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