Government, Business, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Starting the Clock on HOS Reform

The Department of Transportation has taken an important first step in potential reform of the hours-of-service rules that regulate how much time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, and we’re glad to see it.

Transport Topics
April 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA Receives Two More Petitions for HOS Exemption

PJ Helicopters and Kenworth Truck A fuel truck is paired with a helicopter at a job site. (

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has received requests for exemption from hours-of-service rules from a trade group representing waste haulers and a business that provides ground support for helicopters.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 2, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Senate Appropriators Raise Livestock Industry’s ELD Concerns

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao “We’re very much aware of the hardship that these inflexible [HOS] rules have placed on rural and agricultural interests,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Federal policymakers continue to share livestock haulers' concerns over the ELD mandate. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 1, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Grants Concrete Group HOS Exemption

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The American Concrete Pumping Association has become the latest group whose request for exemption from certain hours-of-service rules was honored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 5, 2018
Government, Safety

Industry Comments Lean Toward Adjusting HOS Rules, FMCSA's Jim Mullen Notes

FMCSA Chief Counsel Jim Mullen Chief Counsel Jim Mullen address attendees during an FMCSA session at MCE on Oct. 28. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — Jim Mullen, chief counsel for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, indicated that the bulk of the more than 5,000 online comments the agency received regarding potential changes to hours-of-service rules supported tweaking the regulations to increase flexibility.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 28, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Grants Waste Management HOS Exemption

Waste Management truck TT file photo

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted Waste Management Holdings Inc. an exemption from certain hours-of-service rules.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 24, 2018
Government, Business

Stakeholder Comments to FMCSA Favor HOS Flexibility

Driver in cab John Sommers II for Transport Topics

A sample of last-minute written comments by trucking-related trade organizations mostly were supportive of tweaking federal hours-of-service rules to make them more flexible for commercial vehicle drivers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA to Host Oct. 10 Listening Session on Potential HOS Rule Changes

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host another public listening session to discuss potential changes to its hours-of-service rules for commercial motor vehicle operators.

Transport Topics
October 3, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA Website Logs More Than 1,700 Comments on Potential HOS Changes

Trucks parked at a truck stop Trucks are parked at a Love's Travel Stop. (Russ MacNeil)

In written comments reacting to potential changes to federal driver hours-of-service rules, truckers clearly favor a potential plan by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to give them more flexibility with their driving and workday hours.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018

Opinion: HOS Rulemaking Based on Bad Research Method

Here’s a nightmare scenario for you: Imagine if the government used a completely spurious and unscientific research method to study truck safety and driver fatigue. The data generated was unrelated to serious crashes and to drivers falling asleep at the wheel, but that same data was the principal basis of hours-of-service regulations imposed throughout the trucking industry. A really bad dream, right?

Ronald Knipling | President, Safety for the Long Haul Inc.
September 11, 2018