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 | Senior 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 | Senior 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 | Senior Reporter
June 6, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

HOS Updates Expected Soon, but Could Be Long Road, Experts Say

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez Martinez speaks at American Trucking Associations’ midyear management meeting. (Jaclyn O'Laughlin)

The regulatory journey of federal hours-of-service rules is approaching an important turning point as June 7, the scheduled release date for the Department of Transportation’s proposal on policy changes, draws nearer.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 9, 2019
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.

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 | Senior Reporter
April 1, 2019