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Fight Over 34-Hour Restart Heats Up as Deadline Nears

Fight Over 34-Hour Restart Heats Up as Deadline Nears

With Congress up against a December 11 deadline to pass an appropriations bill, trucking interests and safety groups are battling over an amendment that would suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

December 8, 2014

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

A bipartisan pair of House Representatives invoked the spirit of conservative champion Ronald Reagan to push for a fuel tax increase to revive the Highway Trust Fund. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Tom Petri, R-Wisc., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s 1982 call to do the same.

December 3, 2014

Obama Immigration Action Could Increase Pool of Truck Drivers
FMCSA Wants Comments on Insurance Proposal

FMCSA Wants Comments on Insurance Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for comments on a plan to raise insurance minimums for carriers and establish insurance requirements for brokers and freight forwarders.

November 26, 2014

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

The Department of Transportation will not deliver its comprehensive study of the truck size and weight issue on time. In an email notice Monday, the department said it will delay delivery of the study until next year.

November 25, 2014

CVSA Joins Push to Hide CSA Data from Public

CVSA Joins Push to Hide CSA Data from Public

The truck safety enforcement community has joined the industry effort to get the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to hide CSA safety data from public view. In a November 14 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said that Safety Measurement System scores should be available to police but not to the public.

November 24, 2014

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

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.

November 13, 2014

Carriers Look for HOS Flexibility to Ease Port Congestion

Carriers Look for HOS Flexibility to Ease Port Congestion

Trucking interests are preparing a request for temporary flexibility in the hours of service rules to help ease the congestion that is plaguing major ports. “We need some relief now,” said Curtis Whalen, executive director of the American Trucking Associations Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference.

November 12, 2014

Republicans Will Take Charge of Senate Transportation Committees
Trucking Insurance Proposal Under Review

Trucking Insurance Proposal Under Review

A proposal that could eventually lead to higher insurance requirements for trucking companies is close to publication. An advanced notice of the proposal is under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget and can be expected to show up in the Federal Register this year.

October 31, 2014

FMCSA Wants Stricter Prescription Narcotics Restrictions
Sleeper Pilot Program on Track for 2016

Sleeper Pilot Program on Track for 2016

It will take another year to launch a pilot program to see if drivers can safely split their sleeper berth rest time. The option is being pushed by carriers and drivers who believe more flexible rules could actually reduce driver fatigue.

October 28, 2014

Driver Use of Schedule II Drugs Gets Scrutiny

Driver Use of Schedule II Drugs Gets Scrutiny

The doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are recommending closer scrutiny of drivers using Schedule II drugs, such as opioid-containing prescription pain relievers and medications for attention deficit disorder.

October 24, 2014

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

Truck drivers should not use hands-free phones while driving, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The Board’s recommendation was one of several changes it wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make in the wake of a 2013 truck-train crash that caused a derailment, hazmat fire and explosion.

October 22, 2014

Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

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.

October 17, 2014