Government, Business, Safety

Maine Lawmakers Petition FMCSA Regarding Lobster Transport

Sorting through live lobster on boat Lobster represents an important aspect of Maine’s economy. According to the Maine Lobstering Union, harvesters in the state landed 101.7 million pounds in 2019, a haul valued at $485.4 million. (WoodysPhotos/Getty Images)

In an effort to ease the commercial transport of lobster, a group of Maine lawmakers submitted a request to federal government officials asking to clarify the definition of “livestock” in a recently issued interim final rule.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 6, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Proposes Revised Guidance on Yard Moves

Trucks at the Port of New York and New Jersey Trucks at the Port of New York and New Jersey. FMCSA's proposed rule would define a move at port facility as a yard move. (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to revise regulatory guidance related to how truck drivers record yard moves as part of their hours of service.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 4, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Asked and Answered: FMCSA Experts Address HOS Questions

Trucker looking at ELD While operating under the shorthaul exception, drivers are not required to fill out a log with a graph grid or use an electronic logging device; they can use a time record instead. (MiX Telematics)

FMCSA officials addressed concerns related to the final rule on hours-of-service regulations during an online question-and-answer session on the final rule Dec. 17.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 18, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

ELD Vendors Update Software to Match Modified HOS Rules

Driver looking at screen in truck Software providers worked to ensure a smooth transition into the revised FMCSA hours-of-service rules by providing updates. (MiX Telematics)

Before the federal government’s revised hours-of-service rules went into effect Sept. 29, suppliers of electronic logging devices were busy updating their software.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
November 3, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Unveils HOS Resource as Revised Rules Take Effect

Trucks at truck stop Trucks sit at a truck stop in Connecticut. (Alexander Farnsworth/Getty Images)

FMCSA has launched an online tool to help carriers and drivers better understand the hours-of-service regulations that took effect Sept. 29.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 29, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Groups Take Legal Action Against HOS Final Rule

Truck on empty road near Las Vegas A Giltner Inc. truck on U.S. Route 93 outside of Las Vegas. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Three organizations and the Teamsters union have filed a petition in federal court challenging the final rule on changes to hours-of-service regulations.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 18, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Breaking News

FMCSA Proposes Pilot Allowing Drivers to Pause Driving Window

Truck driver The program would allow participating drivers to pause their on-duty driving time with one off-duty period of at least 30 minutes, but not more than three hours. (photovs/Getty Images)

FMCSA is seeking comment on a pilot program that would offer drivers additional hours-of-service flexibility by allowing them to pause their 14-hour driving window.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 28, 2020
Government, Business

Safety Groups, Teamsters Petition FMCSA to Reconsider HOS Final Rule

Truck at night DOUGBERRY/Getty Images

A group of safety organizations and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have filed a petition for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to reconsider the final rule on changes to hours-of-service regulations soon to take effect.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 1, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Issues Expanded HOS Emergency Declaration

Truck on highway Getty Images

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 18 issued an expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency supplies in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 18, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Officials: Progress Continues on ELD Enforcement, Proposed HOS Changes

Regulations panel at Omnitracs’ Outlook 2020 user conference PMTC’s Mike Millian (from left), FMCSA’s Joe DeLorenzo, CVSA’s Kerri Wirachowsky and Omnitracs’ Mike Ahart provide an update on ELD and hours-of-service regulations. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

LAS VEGAS — Enforcement of the federal electronic logging device mandate is progressing, and regulators are working to finalize a proposal to add flexibility to driver hours-of-service rules, government and industry officials said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 20, 2020