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Restart Change Now in Effect

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.

December 17, 2014

ATA Prevails in Restart Fight

ATA Prevails in Restart Fight

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.

December 14, 2014

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

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.

December 10, 2014

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

Obama Immigration Action Could Increase Pool of Truck Drivers
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

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

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.

October 13, 2014

FMCSA Will Study Driver Pay Impact on Safety

FMCSA Will Study Driver Pay Impact on Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun a study of the relationship between safety and driver pay. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to see if there is a connection between industry pay practices and safe driving.

August 29, 2014

Shippers Air Concerns about Driver Coercion Proposal

Shippers Air Concerns about Driver Coercion Proposal

Federal truck safety regulations are venturing into new territory with a proposal to protect drivers from coercion, igniting concerns among shippers and others about how the rule will affect them.

August 18, 2014