Hours of Service

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September 19, 2013

FMCSA Is Working on Restart Study, Foxx Says

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will release its study of the 34-hour restart rule when it has finished its analysis and review of the data...

September 9, 2013

Driver Input Sought for Hours-of-Service Study

The American Transportation Research Institute has started its second phase of research on the effects of recent changes to the hours-of-service rules, which went into effect on July 1.

August 29, 2013

The Effects of the New Hours of Service

Early experience with the hours-of-service changes bear out expectations that 24-7 truckload carriers will come under pressure to add personnel, change service levels or both.

August 27, 2013

When Can Driving Time be Considered Off-Duty Time?

This question has to do with what has been termed “personal conveyance.” This is a situation where a driver is using his/her commercial vehicle as a personal vehicle to commute to and from a personal destination.

August 20, 2013

After the Hours-of-Service Ruling: Research on 34-Hour Restart, Action on Capitol Hill

Even as a federal court was recently upholding most of the hours of service rules, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been working on a field study of the 34-hour restart that could influence that provision in the future, and there's a move on Capitol Hill to force the agency to return to the old rules.

August 20, 2013

Ready-Mix Concrete Carriers Seek HOS Exemption

UPDATED--The ready-mix concrete industry is asking for an exemption from the 30-minute break requirement in the new hours-of-service rule.

August 15, 2013

EOBRs Are now ELDs

An acronym transition and other things you should know about the pending rule mandating electronic logging devices.

August 12, 2013

CSA Safety Measurement System Website Updated, Includes Two New Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced the CSA Safety Measurement System website has been updated with new snapshots of fleet performance and two new violations.

August 12, 2013

FMCSA Stands by Oilfield HOS Guidance, Seeks Comments on Other Exemptions

An hours-of-service guidance for oilfield haulers will remain as it is, although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it is open to applications for individual exceptions. In other HOS news, the agency is looking for comments on exempting munitions and livestock haulers from the 30-minute break requirement.

August 9, 2013

ELog Proposal Goes to Office of Management and Budget

The Transportation Department sent its proposed Electronic Logging Devices rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final vetting before publication.

August 2, 2013

Court Upholds 34-Hour Restart, Rejects 30-Minute Break for Short-Haul Drivers

A federal appeals court generally affirmed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new hours-of-service rule. It rejected the agency’s application of the 30-minute break to short-haul drivers.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the 34-hour restart provision of the new truck driver hours-of-service rule but rejected the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul drivers.

July 24, 2013

Answers to Your Questions About the New Hours of Service Rules

Since the new hours-of-service rules went into effect July 1, there have been many questions asked of experts both inside and outside of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration related to the new rules. This article looks at some of the more frequently asked questions.

July 23, 2013

OSHA Fines Carrier for Firing Driver Who Refused to Run Over Hours

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Boston has ordered Massachusetts-based motor carrier Brillo Motor Transportation and its owner to reinstate a former employee and pay him $96,864 in back wages and interest, $9,669 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages.

July 23, 2013

How Are the New Hours of Service Affecting You?

We've had several weeks now on the new hours of service rules. Some fleets are struggling to adjust, while others are seeing virtually no effects. Share your experiences in this "On the Road" blog.

July 10, 2013

North American Fatigue Management Program Now Available

The North American Fatigue Management Program is now available to motor carriers, drivers, government safety administrators and insurance companies. A coalition of Canadian, U.S., and Mexican trucking interests developed the program to provide carriers with a best-practices manual for implementing fatigue management in their operations.

July 2, 2013

Cargo Theft Expected to Increase During Independence Day Holiday

With the long Independence Day weekend, the chance of being a victim of a cargo theft increases dramatically. The new hours of service regulations that went into effect this week could make things worse.

July 1, 2013

New Hours of Service Enforcement Begins Today

It’s the day many in trucking have dreaded. July 1 is the day updated hours of service regulations go into effect. Here's some information to help you make sense of the changes.

June 27, 2013

Tightening of Capacity Coming from New HOS

An expectation of capacity tightening comes as carriers report how they will respond to new HOS regulations taking effect on July 1. The way their shippers work to minimize the impact of these changes will also affect this lowering utilization.

June 27, 2013

Hours of Service: Resetting the Clock

With just days to go before the scheduled implementation of the new and more restrictive hours of service rules, fleets and drivers need to be asking if their electronic onboard recording devices are ready for the change.

June 24, 2013

New Hours-of-Service FAQs

Unless the courts step in and rein in new hours of service rules, they are set to take effect on July 1. J.J.Keller & Associates has put together some frequently asked questions and answers about them.

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