Government, Business, Safety

DOT Submits Proposed Rule Change for HOS Regulations

HOS Regulations Chao (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Department of Transportation has sent its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to reform hours-of-service regulations to the Office of Management and Budget.

Eleanor Lamb and Eric Miller | Staff Reporters
March 29, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Suspends HOS Rules in Wake of Flooding

Suspends HOS Rules A camper stands in flood water from the Tennessee River March 8. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

Rules pertaining to hours of service have been relaxed for certain truckers in Tennessee who are involved in relief efforts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 11, 2019
Government, Safety

FMCSA Listening Session Attendees Call for Flexible HOS Rules

Flexible HOS rules Martinez (left), Minor and Deputy FMCSA Administrator Cathy Gautreaux. (Media Center via YouTube)

The majority of the requests brought before top Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials at a public listening session on hours-of-service rules can be distilled into one desire: flexibility.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 11, 2018
Government, Business

FMCSA Extends Public Comment Period on HOS Concerns

Trucks on an interstate in Tennessee Getty Images

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the period of comment for an advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding hours of service for drivers hauling property.

Transport Topics
September 19, 2018

Editorial: Truckers Help in Times of Need

Florence is bearing down on the southeastern United States, bringing sustained heavy rains and wind — and the potential for significant damage.

Transport Topics
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
Government, Business

North Carolina Governor Suspends HOS, Weight Rules Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence NASA via Associated Press

Rules pertaining to weight restrictions and hours of service have been relaxed for certain truckers in North Carolina as the state braces for Hurricane Florence.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 10, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

ATRI Study Highlights Benefits of HOS Flexibility

HOS Flexibility A Kenworth sleeper berth. (TT File Photo)

Flexible hours-of-service breaks have the potential to benefit the drivers of sleeper berth trucks, according to a new analysis released by the American Transportation Research Institute on Aug. 28.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Environmental Services Companies File Joint HOS Exemption Request

HOS Exemption Request Hurrican Harvey response (Texas Military Dept photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Pruitt)

Four environmental services companies have submitted a joint application for exemption from hours-of-service regulations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 8, 2018
Government, Business

HOS Restart Rule Fails Test

Virginia Tech

A congressionally mandated study on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s hours-of-service restart rule failed to demonstrate conclusively that a controversial 2013 restart rule, calling for two consecutive nights of rest, provided “a greater net benefit for the operational, safety, health and fatigue impacts” on drivers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 13, 2017