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May 24, 2016

House Committee Includes Restart Rollback in THUD Bill

The House Appropriations Committee passed a Fiscal Year 2017 transportation spending bill with some key trucking provisions Tuesday, including addressing problems in a previous bill that threatened the industry’s use of a 34-hour restart on driver hours of service.

May 20, 2016

Senate Keeps Hours-of-Service Fix in Funding Bill

The Senate has passed a transportation funding bill that includes a fix of earlier legislative language that muddied what might happen to the Hour of Service rule’s restart provisions if a mandated study cannot show that the restart changes benefitted drivers.

May 19, 2016

HOS Restart Reform Keeps Cranking on Capitol Hill

Updated on May 20: A House Appropriations subcommittee has advanced language to “fix” the Hour of Service rule’s 34-hour restart provisions that goes much further than a measure contained in a bill passed by the full Senate on May 19.

May 17, 2016

Commentary: The Dark Side of Electronic Logging Devices

The law is one thing, company policy another, but the relationship between driver and dispatcher is where reality happens.

May 9, 2016

Of Spuds, Sleep, and Faulty Statistics

An accident that closed I-77 in North Carolina illustrates how driver fatigue is a problem that is a lot more complex than just creating regulations saying when truckers can and can’t drive — and how enforcement sometimes erroneously targets truckers in the name of safety.

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.

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