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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.

June 20, 2013

HOS Log: A Two-Day Trip Becomes a Three-Day Trip

How will the new hours of service rules affect typical 1,000-mile hauls? A few of the new rules can make the timing of a driver's on-duty hours critical to a successful trip. For example, the lane from Chicago to Houston, typically a two-day trip, could be tricky under the new HOS rules.

June 19, 2013

Ready for New HOS Enforcement on July 1st?

Draw a big, red circle around July 1 on your calendar. That's the date when the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration will officially begin enforcing the new hours of service regulations for all commercial motor vehicles that are involved in interstate commerce.

June 18, 2013

"Somewhat Contentious" Hearing on Hours of Service, EOBRs Also Discussed

The hearing by the House Highways Subcommittee offered the major contenders in the perpetual HOS wars a chance to air their complaints, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration the chance to defend itself.

June 18, 2013

ATA Critical of New Hours-of-Service During Congressional Hearing

In testimony today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s panel on highways and transit, Steve Williams, chairman and CEO of Maverick USA, said changes to federal hours-of-service rules, set to take effect July 1, are costly and unsupported by data or research.

June 17, 2013

New Research Claims Flaws in HOS Restart Benefit

The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday released the findings of its assessment of the regulatory impact analysis used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to justify changes to the 34-hour restart provision, scheduled to take effect July 1.

June 14, 2013

New Hours-of-Service: You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

The clock is ticking down toward July 1, when truck drivers and carriers must comply with new hours-of-service rules, but a lot of questions about them remain. Below is an outline of the rules and some frequently asked questions, courtesy of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association.

May 22, 2013

Telogis Expands Mobile Abilities

Telogis is expanding its mobile suite of applications this week during its annual Latitude business conference, with the release of Telogis Navigation 4.5 and WorkPlan 2.0, as well as Telogis Vehicle-as-a-Hub and Telogis Coach.

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