Government, Business

Senate Panel Advances Bill That Caps Drivers' Workweek at 73 Hours

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — A fiscal 2017 transportation funding bill that would set the allowable time truckers may work per week before taking a break at 73 hours was advanced by a Senate panel April 21.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 21, 2016
Government, Business

FMCSA Denies ATA’s HOS Request to Exempt Drivers at Drilling Sites

Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg News

Federal regulators have denied American Trucking Associations’ hours-of-service exemption request that would have allowed truck drivers working at natural gas and oil sites to exclude waiting time from their calculations of on-duty time.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 4, 2016
Government, Business

CVSA Concerned With HOS Exemptions


The increasing number of regulatory exemptions approved by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is causing confusion and inconsistencies in enforcement by roadside inspectors, according to the head of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 29, 2016
Government, Business

Congress Has Multiple Options for Fixing HOS Glitch

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Multiple pieces of congressional legislation are being considered as the best vehicle to fix a technical glitch in a fiscal 2016 funding law related to the hours-of-service rule for truckers.

Eric Miller and Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporters
February 21, 2016
Government, Business

Lawmakers to Look at Legislation to Fix Hours-of-Service Rule ‘Glitch’

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill will look at legislation that would provide a short-term authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration to attach technical language pertaining to an hours-of-service rule for truckers in a fiscal 2016 funding law.

Eugene Mulero and Eric Miller | Staff Reporters
February 17, 2016
Government, Business

ATA Working to Avoid Inadvertent Elimination of HOS Restart Rule

An omission in the fiscal 2016 omnibus funding bill would require federal regulators to eliminate an hours-of-service restart rule that took effect in 2013 if a federal study of the rule fails to show it has safety benefits, according to a spokesman for American Trucking Associations.

Eric Miller and Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporters
February 16, 2016
Government, Business

J.J. Keller Receives Patent for HOS Technology

J.J. Keller & Associates announced that it has received a U.S. patent for technology that improves the collection of vehicle data and reporting of drivers’ hours of service for light- and medium-duty trucks.

Transport Topics
February 12, 2016
Government, Business

Virginia Tech to Lead FMCSA-Funded Flexible HOS Study

Virginia Tech, along with subcontractors from Washington State and SmartDrive, has been awarded a $2.5 million contract from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to study a flexible hours-of-service safety provision that will allow longhaul truck drivers to split their required sleeper berth time into shorter periods.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
December 30, 2015
Government, Business

Congress Imposes Hurdles for Restoring HOS Restart

D. Ramey Logan/Wikicommons

An expansive fiscal 2016 funding bill that avoids a shutdown of the federal government offered a significant victory for the trucking industry by extending the suspension of the hours-of-service restart rule, but it did not include language to allow twin 33-foot trailers nationwide.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 21, 2015
Government, Business

Congress Passes Omnibus That Adds Requirements to HOS Restart Study

Congress has passed a fiscal 2016 funding bill that would direct federal trucking regulators to expand a review of a suspended hours-of-service restart rule for motor carriers before that rule may be reinstated.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 17, 2015