Hours of Service

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July 30, 2014

34-Hour Restart Takes Center Stage at Senate Safety Hearing

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.

July 30, 2014

Continental Expands VDO RoadLog HOS Compliance Software

Continental Commercial Vehicle & Aftermarket has added capabilities to its VDO RoadLog software to include hours-of-service compliance for Canada, Alaska and oilfield service.

July 29, 2014

Chicago Truck Crash Triggers Scrutiny of Logbooks, Coercion

A Chicago-area truck crash that killed four has led to local attention to federal hours-of-service rules, the mandatory electronic logs proposal, and federal efforts to address coercion of drivers to break the law. Deborah Lockridge has more in her On the Road blog.

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 15, 2014

Telogis-Volvo Partnership Allows Factory-Installed Fleet Management Capabilities

A suite of fleet management applications can now be factory installed on new trucks from Volvo Trucks under a partnership between the truck maker and Telogis.

July 14, 2014

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.

July 10, 2014

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.

July 10, 2014

Court Rules California Truckers Entitled to Paid Breaks

Truck drivers in California are entitled to paid rest breaks and meal breaks, according to a Wednesday ruling from a federal court in San Francisco.

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 25, 2014

BigRoad and Sylectus Announce Integration

Sylectus, a business unit of Omnitracs, Canada, and BigRoad announced BigRoad's smartphone-based driver's log app now integrates with Sylectus' cloud-based transportation management systems

June 19, 2014

NTSB: Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Was Speeding

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report of its investigation into the June 7 truck crash that severely injured celebrity Tracy Morgan along with killing one person, showing the truck driver was traveling well beyond the posted speed limit.

June 18, 2014

eLogs, DVIR Forms in Fleet Tracking System

Navman Wireless USA announced the addition of new electronic driver log and driver vehicle inspection reporting (DVIR) options to its OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system for corporate fleets.

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

Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Pleads Not Guilty

The Walmart truck driver at the center of the media frenzy over a crash that severely injured comedian Tracey Morgan pleaded not guilty to charges on Wednesday.

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 11, 2014

Teamsters Push Back Against 34-Hour Restart Change Following Morgan Crash

In a letter to U.S. House of Representatives members sent this week, Teamsters Union President James Hoffa denounced two potential amendments to legislation saying they will weaken highway safety standards by putting fatigued drivers on the road in bigger, heavier trucks.

June 11, 2014

Bad Timing, Tracy Morgan Media Frenzy Bad News for Restart Opponents

The crash that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another passenger in his vehicle has generated a media frenzy about last week's move to suspend a controversial portion of the new hours of service regulations. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge looks at the situation in her All That's Trucking blog.

June 10, 2014

Ignore Rumors of 34-Hour Restart Suspension

The driver rumor mill and some social media sites are telling drivers that the 34-hour restart has been suspended for one year. This is not the case.

June 2, 2014

Trucking Alliance Pushes Plan to Study 34-Hour Restart

Congress is considering a plan to study the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule using data collected by electronic logs. This approach is being suggested by the Trucking Alliance and other groups to counter the effort by American Trucking Associations to have Congress cut off funds for enforcement of the restart provision.

May 30, 2014

Video: Two Fleet Leaders Talk About New Hours of Service

Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express and an American Trucking Associations vice chairman, and Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express and ATA Chairman, talk about the negative impacts of changes to hours-of-service rules on their fleets, the trucking industry and the economy.

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