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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

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

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

Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

After 28 years of proposals, studies, drafts, revisions, legal battles and technological innovations – not to mention an Act of Congress – federal regulators are close to requiring most interstate commercial drivers to keep track of their work hours with an electronic device.

April 18, 2014

GAO to Analyze Hours of Service Studies

GAO to Analyze Hours of Service Studies

Transportation leaders in the House are asking the Government Accountability Office to review two studies used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in its hours of service rule.

April 2, 2014

ELD Proposal Open for Comments

The clock has started for comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed electronic log mandate. The proposal will be published in the Federal Register Friday March 28, starting a two-month period when the agency will accept comments.

March 27, 2014

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

Transportation committees on Capitol Hill are starting to write the policy provisions to reauthorize the highway program that expires this fall, but the finance committees have yet to move on the key issue of funding.

March 17, 2014

Electronic Log Proposal Takes on Long-Standing Issues

Electronic Log Proposal Takes on Long-Standing Issues

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed electronic log mandate, unveiled Thursday, takes on a broad range of issues that have dogged the 15-year effort to draft a rule. HDT's Oliver Patton reports on what's in the 256-page proposal that would require drivers who fill out paper logs to eventually switch to electronic logging devices, or ELDs.

March 13, 2014

Highway Funding Trajectory Worsening, DOT Warns

Highway Funding Trajectory Worsening, DOT Warns

The Department of Transportation is worried that states will start slowing their highway and transit programs even before this summer when the Highway Trust Fund is slated to start running out of money.

March 12, 2014

Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism

Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours of service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety. The test found that the provision, which requires drivers to take two successive periods off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during their once-a-week restart, is more effective at combating fatigue than the earlier rule, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

January 30, 2014

Ferro Responds to Critics of Zero Truck Fatality Goal During TRB
A Challenging Year Ahead on Capitol Hill

A Challenging Year Ahead on Capitol Hill

Trucking’s overriding challenge on Capitol Hill this year is passage of a new highway program. The current program expires at the end of October. It launched a number of substantive reforms and policy initiatives but was funded for just two years with money taken from here and there in the federal budget.

January 6, 2014

Ayotte Introduces Bill to Suspend 34-Hour Restart
Oregon Timber Haulers Seek Rest Break Exemption
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