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Restart changes become law; FMCSA required to study, compare two driver sets

President Barack Obama Dec. 16 signed the appropriations bill that halts enforcement of the requirement that a drivers’ 34-hour restart include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the once-per-week limit of the restart. Though the ...

Restart rollback: Trucking praises Congressional action, challenges ahead include retraining enforcers, reprogramming e-logs

Trucking groups like the American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association have pressed hard the last 18 months to see FMCSA’s 2013 changes to hours-of-service rules for truck operators undone, calling them unnecessarily ...

Hours-of-service changes loom: Bill clears Congress, heads toward implementation

Two provisions of the 2013 changes to hours-of-service regulations for truck operators will be suspended at least until Sept. 30, 2015, and FMCSA will be required to further study the rules and their impact before the rules ...

34-hour restart changes: House passes spending bill; eyes on Senate

Update, 12/14: The Senate passed the appropriations bill Saturday night. Click here to read CCJ's coverage. The suspension of parts of the 2013 hours-of-service rule moved a step closer to fruition Thursday evening, as the U.S. ...

Congressional spending bill would suspend some hours-of-service provisions, require FMCSA to further study rules’ impacts

Update, 12/12: The House has passed the bill. Click here to read CCJ's coverage. Update, 12/11: Though certain elements of the 1,600-page omnibus spending bill have caused members of Congress on both sides of the political ...

Trucking rallies behind Congressional action to suspend HOS restart provisions

Several trucking industry groups offered their support over the weekend for a provision that would, if included in a looming bill in Congress, suspend two key provisions of hours-of-service rules for truck drivers, along with ...

Restart rollback among ‘higher level’ items in budget talks – stay tuned

This Who’s Who gallery, originally posted in June, features comments from key supporters and opponents of the hours-of-service restart suspension. A suspension of the restart provisions in the hours-of-service rule is among the more controversial riders ...

Senator wants FMCSA to do more to stop ‘chameleon’ carriers

New York Sen. Charles Schumer has sent a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration instructing the agency to do more to stop “chameleon” or “reincarnated” carriers from forming after they’ve been shut down ...

Citing Congressional concern, FMCSA to clarify driver sleep apnea screening, testing

Medical examiners in FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners will soon be receiving a bulletin from the agency to clarify current federal rules — or lack thereof — regarding screening and testing drivers for sleep apnea, according to a ...

FMCSA’s work to raise liability insurance minimums hinges on these questions

Is the current amount of “financial responsibility” — liability insurance, essentially — for carriers too low? That’s a question the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been grappling with since an April-issued report by the agency ...

FMCSA seeking industry input on potential insurance increase rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Nov. 26 it is seeking trucking industry input on a potential rulemaking that would increase the $750,000 minimum amount of liability insurance motor carriers must have. The agency published ...

Be thankful for all those cars stuck in traffic this holiday

This Thanksgiving, I’m especially thankful for traffic jams – those ridiculous and often needless backups that ruin the great American holiday for so many. First, let me frame my comments: Thanksgiving is THE multigenerational event in my ...

Smartphones, tablets being utilized for low-cost compliance with ELD mandate

The final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices by drivers and fleets is scheduled to be published Sept. 30, 2015, and enforcement to begin Sept. 30, 2017. For fleets that already have onboard ...

CVSA asks FMCSA to pull CSA scores from public view

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has become the latest industry group to request that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration remove from public view the scores from its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program’s Safety Measurement System. CVSA, ...

The next big wave: how video and data will transform trucking

Four large rooms full of cubicles join at the center of SmartDrive’s 25,000 sq.-foot office in San Diego’s Sorrento Valley neighborhood like the wings of a butterfly. Employees call this central area the “truckstop.” This is ...

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