Tag Archives: hours of service

Stress relief the hours proposal stands to deliver

NASTC’s David Owen on the hours of service proposal: “What the unnecessary ELD mandate has required is a closer look at the HOS and relief from the odious stress and pressures created by the current rule. I feel if the ‘advocates’ were true advocates f…

Concrete pumpers get five-year extension of 30-minute break relief

The exemption allows all concrete pump operators, concrete pumping companies and drivers who operate concrete pumps in interstate commerce to count on-duty time while attending equipment but performing no other work-related functions toward their 30-mi…

Comment period for proposed hours changes closes Monday

Changes in the notice of proposed rulemaking include allowing drivers to pause their 14-hour on-duty clock for up to three hours and extending split sleeper berth options for drivers.

A dissenting voice on hours reforms: Owner-operators could be undercut by sliding rates

Be careful what you wish for on hours reforms, says broker Jeff Tucker, CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide, who predicts that the DOT’s hours of service proposal could tilt trucking’s supply-demand market forces and cause rates to tumble.

FMCSA grants HOS relief to truckers hauling food, water for firefighters responding to disasters

The drivers can extend their on-duty time from 14 hours to 16 hours, while still driving a maximum of 11 hours in a day. They can also use on-duty, not-driving time to satisfy the 30-minute break requirement under the terms of the exemption.

Why do drivers leave? Pay has a lot to do with it, but …

Many are quick to say it is a driver-pay problem, but that’s not all. In trucking companies’ rush to grow, they devalue the market, notes owner-operator Clifford Petersen, and in doing so trade their pricing power in favor of a questionable status quo.

Drivers, carriers offer mixed reactions to proposed hours changes

Many comments already submitted agree with the proposed changes, while others think it will allow carriers to extend drivers’ working day by three hours. Other commenters mostly agree with the changes but would prefer more flexibility with the 30-minut…

Comment period for proposed hours of service overhaul extended through Oct. 21

FMCSA announced in a Federal Register notice to be published Thursday, Sept. 19, it has extended the comment period from Oct. 7 to Oct. 21. The 14-day extension effectively gives the hours proposal a 60-day comment period from the time it was published…

Goodbye, AOBRD: Shifting loyalties, yard moves and other challenges

Considering options with any ELD provider when making an upgrade from AOBRD technology can involve much more than just the basic differences between regulatory requirements of AOBRDs and ELDs — many devices come with a host of ancillary functions. Als…

Goodbye, AOBRD: ELDs’ final shift

90 days out from the ELD mandate’s final Dec. 17 deadline, many fleets and one-truck owner-operators with authority are delaying the transition from AOBRD-spec technology. ELD providers are hopeful for new customers among the small percentages of truck…