Government, Business

Security-Sensitive Carrier PTW Worldwide Seeks Sleeper Berth Exemption

Sleeper berth John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Security-sensitive motor carrier PTS Worldwide Inc. has asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption from the hours-of-service requirement to allow its drivers to split their 10 hours of sleeper berth time into periods of 4-6, 5-5 or 6-4 hours.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

FMCSA’s Martinez Announces Driver Assistance Systems Project at MCE

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez says that the industry partners will lead outreach and education efforts to promote the benefits of ADAS. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

SAN DIEGO — Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Ray Martinez announced the launch of a project to promote advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on Oct. 5. The initiative was unveiled at American Trucking Associations' Management Conference & Exhibition.

Eleanor Lamb and Eric Miller | Staff Reporters
October 5, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Advisory Committee Offers Tough Questions on HOS Proposed Rule

Driver behind the wheel Getty Images

The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee had lots of questions about the major changes proposed for the hours-of-service rule, but no angry words were spoken by its 25 members.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 1, 2019

ATA, CVSA Request Commenting Extension for FMCSA Hours-of-Service Proposal

Part of FMCSA's hours-of-service proposal involves traveling in adverse conditions. A truck on a snow-covered road. FMCSA's HOS rules involve trucks traveling in adverse weather conditions. (Dave Gonzalez/Minnesota DOT)

Two groups have requested that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extend the public comment period meant to garner feedback on proposed changes to hours-of-service regulations.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 28, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Exempts Grocery Giant Transco Drivers From 30-Minute Rest Break

grocery aisle Getty Images

Federal trucking regulators have approved grocery giant Transco Inc.’s request for a five-year exemption from the 30-minute hours-of-service rest break provision for the company’s more than 3,500 commercial motor vehicle drivers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 27, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Drivers Offer FMCSA Tweaks to Proposed HOS Rule

Truck driver sleeps in sleeper berth A truck driver sleeps in a sleeper berth. At the listening session, many drivers said they'd like to be in control of how to divide off-duty time in the sleeper berth. (TT file photo)

Federal trucking regulators got a variety of suggestions, mostly from truckers, on how to tweak a proposed hours-of-service rule designed to give drivers more flexibility to do their jobs, but safely.

Eleanor Lamb and Eric Miller | Staff Reporters
August 23, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Key Stakeholders Tout FMCSA’s HOS Proposal

Barry Pottle, Todd Spencer and Kevin Stewart Barry Pottle (left), Todd Spencer (center) and Kevin Stewart by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Groups representing key segments of the freight industry had mostly positive reactions to federal regulators’ proposal to change hours-of-service rules for commercial drivers.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 14, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

July 31 Is FMCSA’s New Target for Unveiling HOS Proposed Rule Change

Trucks on highway Utah Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation’s most recent Significant Rulemaking Report has been updated to reflect July 31 as the projected publication date for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding HOS changes.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 1, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Chief Ray Martinez Tells Congress HOS Proposed Rule in ‘Final Stages’

Trucks on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — A proposed rule meant to update hours-of-service guidelines for truck drivers will be announced in the near term, Ray Martinez, head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said during a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee.

June 19, 2019
Government, Safety

FMCSA Delays Public Release of HOS Proposed Rule

drivers at truck stop restaurant Drivers take a break at a Travel Centers of America restaurant. (Travel Centers/TA/Petro)

The long-anticipated Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours-of-service proposed rule has been delayed from its original release date of June 7.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 6, 2019