FMCSA HOS
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

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, Safety

FMCSA to Hold Listening Session on Proposed HOS Changes

Sleeper berth FMCSA is seeking comment on the split sleeper-berth rule to allow drivers to split their required time in the sleeper berth. (Lippert Components Inc.)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has planned a public listening session this month to discuss several proposed changes to the commercial motor vehicle driver hours-of-service regulations.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 5, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Industry Comment on Several Potential HOS Changes

HOS Changes Martinez (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials have issued a proposal that seeks comment on several possible changes to the agency’s hours-of-service rule, ranging from how to increase driver or workday time in adverse driving conditions to revising the current mandatory 30-minute driver break after eight hours of continuous driving.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 21, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Drivers Overcome Web of Regulations to Deliver Holiday Fireworks

Crowd watches a fireworks show (Getty Images)

Although they drive trucks only one to six times a year, drivers for American Pyrotechnics Association members face unique challenges related to federal transportation safety regulation.

Libby Seline | Special to Transport Topics
June 20, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Trucking Industry Adjusts to ELD Mandate as Focus on HOS Compliance Sharpens

ELD (ERoad)

The U.S. trucking industry is continuing to adjust to the federal electronic logging device mandate that took effect late last year.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
June 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ATA’s Chris Spear Cautions Against Further ELD Exemptions

Chris Spear; Cathy Gautreaux; James Gattoni, Robert Fatovic, Gregory Feary Chris Spear (left), Cathy Gautreaux, James Gattoni, Robert Fatovic and Gregory Feary. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

INDIANAPOLIS — The head of American Trucking Associations warned during a legal seminar here that further exemptions from Congress to electronic logging requirements for agricultural haulers could threaten safety on the nation’s roads.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Officials Outline Personal Conveyance Guidance

FMCSA Director Joe DeLorenzo DeLorenzo by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the second consecutive day, a meeting between truck drivers and federal regulators turned sour, with more than a dozen drivers yelling at regulatory officials attempting to have a peaceful presentation and question-and-answer session on hours of service and driver personal conveyance issues.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 25, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment

New FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez Grilled by Angry Drivers in Listening Session

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez Martinez by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In his first official “grass roots outreach” with a room full of truck drivers — and only a month on the job as the nation’s top trucking regulator — Ray Martinez said he hoped the session would not be “an angry event.” It was.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Paper Logs Can Ease ELD Transition, FMCSA Officer La Tonya Mimms Says

FMCSA La Tonya Mimms Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Drivers bracing for the upcoming electronic logging device rule should practice driving with the new units and old-fashioned paper logs, according to La Tonya Mimms, transportation specialist with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 8, 2017

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