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FMCSA Administrator Testifies on ELDs and Hours-of-Service Regulations

May 22, 2018

FMCSA Administrator Testifies on ELDs and Hours-of-Service Regulations

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Ray Martinez testified before federal lawmakers on a number of trucking regulations May 22, including the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate as well as efforts to prevent states from creating a patchwork of meal and rest rules for interstate truck drivers. The testimony was part of a larger hearing examining motor carrier provisions in the last highway bill known as the FAST Act.

FMCSA Grants Fuel Haulers 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption

April 12, 2018

FMCSA Grants Fuel Haulers 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a five-year exemption from the 30-minute rest break requirement for truck drivers hauling petroleum products. Effective April 9, under certain conditions, fuel trucks can operate for 12 hours without triggering the rest break requirement.

Trucking Execs Discuss Autonomous Technology, Electric Trucks and Hours of Service

February 11, 2018

Trucking Execs Discuss Autonomous Technology, Electric Trucks and Hours of Service

Advances in Class 8 autonomous and electric truck technologies continue to make headlines, but executives from two major trucking companies said they don’t expect the new technology to bring major changes to the long-haul trucking industry any time soon. However, hours-of-service and electronic logging device mandates are bringing changes that have made the speed of service at truckstops and travel plazas even more important.

Congress Passes Short-Term Funding Measure; Contains Trucking HOS Fix

December 12, 2016

Congress Passes Short-Term Funding Measure; Contains Trucking HOS Fix

Congress on Dec. 9 passed a stopgap appropriations measure known as a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded through April 28 that maintains a key provision in the federal Hours-of-Service rule that regulates truck driver work and rest pending the results of a Congressionally mandated study.

House Continuing Resolution Contains Hours-of-Service Fix

December 7, 2016

House Continuing Resolution Contains Hours-of-Service Fix

The House Appropriations Committee on Dec. 6 released a Continuing Resolution funding the government through April 28 that contains a critical provision the trucking industry has sought for nearly a year. If enacted, the legislation would maintain the current 34-hour restart provision in the federal Hours-of-Service rule pending the results of a Congressionally mandated study.

Trucking Policy on Congress's September Agenda

September 7, 2016

Trucking Policy on Congress's September Agenda

Having returned from a lengthy summer recess, Congress is likely to consider important truck policy issues in September before it breaks again during the month of October.

Senate Committee Advances FY 2017 Transportation Funding With HOS Fix

April 22, 2016

Senate Committee Advances FY 2017 Transportation Funding With HOS Fix

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 30-0 April 21 to advance a $56 billion fiscal 2017 transportation funding bill that contains a potential fix to 2015 legislation that omitted key technical language required to keep the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours-of-Service Rule in effect pending the results of a Congressionally mandated study.

Trucking Policy Update

April 17, 2016

Trucking Policy Update

Representatives from the trucking industry as well as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) engaged in a "roundtable" discussion April 13 with the House Transportation Committee to discuss the trucking-related provisions in the long-term Highway Bill that Congress recently passed (known as the FAST Act).

Industry Tackles Hours-of-Service Issues

March 4, 2016

Industry Tackles Hours-of-Service Issues

Congress currently is negotiating two provisions related to truck driver hours-of-service requirements. The first involves the omission of technical language in the fiscal 2016 funding law that essentially would eliminate the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours-of-Service Rule if a congressionally mandated study of the restart provision fails to show safety benefits. The second relates to states' authority to impose mandatory rest and meal breaks on top of federal hours-of-service regulations.

FMCSA's Darling Testifies on HOS, CSA

January 21, 2016

FMCSA's Darling Testifies on HOS, CSA

Scott Darling III, President Obama’s nominee for the next Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), said the National Academy of Sciences will commence its review of the safety scoring program for carriers known as CSA next month.

Stay Current on these Regulations and Fuel Standards

November 1, 2015

Stay Current on these Regulations and Fuel Standards

The trucking industry is constantly adjusting to and preparing for new regulations, and the coming years are no different. Two of the primary regulatory issues the trucking industry is monitoring are requirements to use speed limiters and electronic logging devices. The Department of Transportation is also considering altering regulations related to driver health.

FMCSA Concludes Data Collection for HOS Restart Study

October 2, 2015

FMCSA Concludes Data Collection for HOS Restart Study

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said Oct. 1 that the agency has finished collecting data for its study of the hours-of-service restart provision and that it expects to issue a final report to Congress by year’s end.

34-Hour Restart Could Take Effect as Early as Sept. 30

September 25, 2015

34-Hour Restart Could Take Effect as Early as Sept. 30

The suspended 34-hour restart provision of the truck driver Hours-of-Service rule could be reinstated on Sept. 30 when the annual spending bill that included the suspension runs out. If the current stay of enforcement is removed, truck drivers again would be forced to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods during the use of a 34-hour restart and be limited to using the restart just once a week.

House Bill Maintains 34-Hour Restart Suspension, Rejects Insurance Increases

June 12, 2015

House Bill Maintains 34-Hour Restart Suspension, Rejects Insurance Increases

The House has passed its Transportation-Housing spending bill that includes two provisions related to the trucking industry.

Congress Passes FY 2015 Spending Bill

December 15, 2014

Congress Passes FY 2015 Spending Bill

The U.S. Senate voted late Dec.13 in a rare Saturday session for a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds most government operations during the fiscal year, including the Department of Transportation.

Sec. Foxx Declines to Set HOS Field Study Timeframe

September 30, 2013

Sec. Foxx Declines to Set HOS Field Study Timeframe

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said he would not set a firm date for finishing a field study on the newly revised 34-hour restart provision in the hours-of-service rule.

Lawmakers Reiterate Concerns About HOS Field Study

September 5, 2013

Lawmakers Reiterate Concerns About HOS Field Study

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna (R.-N.Y.) and 51 Members of Congress have sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx reiterating concerns about the Hours-of-Service (HOS) final rule, which went into effect on July 1, 2013.

Lawmakers Press FMCSA to Finish HOS Field Study

August 26, 2013

Lawmakers Press FMCSA to Finish HOS Field Study

A group of four Republicans is urging Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to set a firm date for finishing a field study on the newly revised 34-hour restart provision in the hours-of-service rule.

FMCSA Clarifies Definition of Short-Haul Driver

August 12, 2013

FMCSA Clarifies Definition of Short-Haul Driver

FMCSA has clarified the definition of short-haul driver.

House HOS Hearing Contentious

June 24, 2013

House HOS Hearing Contentious

With new truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) rules scheduled to take effect July 1, the House Highways Subcommittee last week held a contentious hearing on the topic. Several members of Congress took Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSA) Administrator Anne Ferro to task for putting the rule into effect when the court is expected to rule any day on a pending legal challenge.

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