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April 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATRI: Restart Rule Unintentionally Raised Crash Risk

HDT File Photo

The 34-hour restart provisions for truck drivers, which currently remain under suspension, had a negative impact on motor-carrier safety when they were in effect by driving up crash risk, per a new ATRI research study.

Tags: HOS, ATRI, 34-Hour Restart, Crash Risk, Hours of Service

April 13, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Drops As Capacity Utilization Softens

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Graph showing this year's numbers compared with 2014. Graph via FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for February fell slightly in February to a reading of 7.4, reflecting a softening capacity utilization caused by fluctuating diesel prices and the suspension of controversial provisions of the 34-hour restart.

Tags: HOS, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity, Freight Rates, Hours of Service

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Mixer-Truck Drivers Exempted from HOS Break Rule

Photo:Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete

Drivers of ready-mix concrete trucks have been granted a limited exemption from the minimum 30-minute rest break provision of the hours-of-service regulations by the FMCSA.

Tags: Hours of Service, Ready Mix, 34-Hour Restart, FMCSA

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Details How It Will Conduct Restart Study

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted a plan for how it will conduct the “naturalistic study” of the operational, safety, health and fatigue impacts of the hours-of-service restart provisions that Congress has mandated it to conduct.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Finalist for National Journalism Award

Heavy Duty Trucking has been named a finalist in the 61st annual Jesse H. Neal Awards competition for editorial excellence among business-to-business media.

Tags: Hours of Service, HDT Magazine

January 26, 2015 - Product News

VDO RoadLog ELD 34-hour Restart Update is Now Available

Photo: Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket

Continental released a free update to its VDO RoadLog ELD software addressing the recent suspension of certain provisions of the 34-hour restart rules.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, Information Technology

January 13, 2015 - Product News

J.J. Keller Updates E-Log System for Restart Suspension

Photo: J.J. Keller

J.J. Keller updated its Encompass E-Log System to reflect the recent 34-hour restart suspension, the company announced. The restart suspension is in effect until at least Sept. 30, 2015.

Tags: J.J. Keller, HOS, E-logs, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Restart Study on Track to Start This Month

Photo: Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is on track to launch its study of the 34-hour restart, said Martin Walker, chief of the agency’s research division.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Shows Tight Truck Capacity Slowing Freight

Graphic: TCP

The latest industry survey by the consultancy group Transport Capital Partners sees a shortage of capacity and lack of qualified drivers changing the dynamics of freight, with trends in capacity and rates also contributing to a decline in broker freight.

Tags: Research, Hours of Service, Fleets, Capacity, Brokers, Transport Capital Partners, 34-Hour Restart

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Bee Haulers Want Exemption From HOS Break Rule

Loading bees for transport from South Carolina to Maine to pollinate blueberries. Photo by Pollinator via Wikimedia Commons

California beekeepers are looking for relief from the 30-minute break provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

E-log Vendors Busy Implementing HOS Changes

Vendors are busy updating their hours-of-service applications in  response to recently HOS rule changes. (Photo courtesy of Telogis)

The recently enacted change to drivers hours-of-service rules, scrapping parts of the restart provision adopted in July 2013, has prompted telematics and e-log providers to hustle out updates to their hours-of-service applications.

Tags: telematics, Information Technology, Compliance, E-logs, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Restart Suspension Notice

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration posted official notice that the more restrictive version of the 34-hour restart has been suspended.

Tags: FMCSA, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Restart Change Now in Effect

The pre-2013 34-hour restart rule is now in effect. On Tuesday President Obama signed the 2015 appropriations bill, which contains a provision suspending the more restrictive restart that went into effect as part of the hours of service rules enacted in July 2013.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, Enforcement

December 14, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Prevails in Restart Fight

Photo: Jim Park

American Trucking Associations won its fight against the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. On Saturday night the Senate passed and sent to President Obama a bill that replaces the controversial restart with an earlier, less restrictive, version while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does more research on the issue.

Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Restart Suspension Waiting for Senate Action

File photo.

Thursday night's approval of an omnibus spending bill by the House of Representatives brought a suspension of the controversial 34-hour restart provision of truck driver hours-of-service regulations one step closer to reality.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

FTR: Restart Suspension Could Boost Industry Productivity

Photo via FTR.

By increasing truckload capacity of the industry, there should be a slight boost to potential productivity, according to analysis from transportation research firm FTR.

Tags: FTR, Truckload, ELDs, FMCSA, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.

Tags: ATA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations, Legislation

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Declares Florida Driver an Imminent Hazard

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered truck driver James H. Patterson not to operate any commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, declaring him an imminent hazard to public safety. Patterson was involved in an accident in November that killed the driver of a passenger vehicle.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Cell Phone Use, Drug Charges

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Obama to Nominate NTSB Fatigue Expert to Head NHTSA

Rosekind in an official NTSB photo.

President Obama intends to nominate Mark Rosekind of the National Transportation Safety Board -- a noted fatigue scientist who has studied truck driver hours of service rules -- to the top job at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: NTSB, NHTSA, Sleep Apnea, Hours of Service, Fatigue, People

November 13, 2014 - Industry News

Survey: Electronic Logs Don't Lead to More Driver Harassment

Few truck drivers feel they are harassed by their employers or shippers, and drivers who use electronic logs experience no more harassment than those who use paper logs. Those are the key findings of a survey by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, HOS, ELDs, Hours of Service

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Republicans Will Take Charge of Senate Transportation Committees

The Republican sweep in the mid-term elections changes the players, but it is too soon to know how it will affect transportation policy.

Tags: Congress, Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Funding, President Obama, Highway Bill, Hours of Service

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comments on ELD Registration Plan

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took a step toward the pending electronic logging mandate with a notice about registering the devices log manufacturers will bring to market.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Regulations, Hours of Service, Information Technology, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Home Heating Emergency Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration clarified its rule for tank carriers providing service in a home heating emergency.

Tags: FMCSA, Tankers, Hours of Service

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

One trucking group says the way to end the controversy is to go ahead and end the use of paper logbooks. Photo: Jim Park

The fight over the 34-hour restart broke out again Thursday. A safety advocacy group released research indicating that the public does not want truck drivers to work longer hours, and trucking groups jumped in.

Tags: Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Electronic Logging Devices, American Trucking Associations, The Trucking Alliance

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Poll Gauges American Attitudes Toward Trucking Image, Infrastructure Funding

Pollster Neil Newhouse talks about survey results. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO – It looks like the trucking industry's efforts to educate the general public about the safety and vital nature of trucking may be working, based on results of a new national poll released Monday at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Hours of Service, Survey, Image, Infrastructure Funding, ATA MC&E

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