Posts Tagged ‘Hours of Service


Change? Hours of Service Rule

Since the FMCSA new Hours of Service regulation changes do no go into effect until June 2013 does that mean they are serious about change? It seems to me that 18 months is a long period for the changes that they claim will improve driver safety. If it truely is the right change to make why delay it 18 months from the rule’s published date?

The guts of the changes include a mandatory 30 minute break in an 8 hour period, before continuing to drive and a change in the 34 hour restart. In order to qualify for the restart you have to have 2 periods that include 1am to 5am in the 34 hour period.

The restart qualifier baffles me. Now drivers will be forced to start after traffic begins to build so they are out there with more opportunities to mix it up in heavily congested traffic.

What’s your take?

For the complete rule go here.

Down the Road – Mike


Hours of Service Proposals

Arlington, Members of the trucking industry had their first opportunity to make their case for preserving the current hours-of-service rules as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a listening session in Arlington, VA.

Max 11 hour drive time
The goal of the listening session was to gather a broad range of comments, ideas and relevant data as the agency analyzes responses to its HOS regulatory proposal, the agency said. The agency, on Dec. 23, proposed to add mandatory daily rest periods, tighten its requirements for a 34-hour restart period and said it was leaning toward cutting allowable driving hours from 11 to 10.

The primary areas addressed by industry representatives were related to their concern on how the proposed changes to the 34 hour restart, mandated breaks after 7.5 hours of being on-duty, and the reduction to 10 hours driving time would impact transportation and, ultimately, the consumer.

Industry representatives presented research that substantiated the negative impact they believe the new restrictions will have on overall road safety. This research indicates that crashes are not happening during the restricted hours, but during prime traffic hours. It is their belief that by implementing the new restrictions, it will force more trucks on the road during high traffic hours.

They also pointed to other issues this will create for industry as it relates to driver availability, fuel consumption, limited parking options, and delivery windows.

If you would like to view the archived video of the listening session, it is available on the FMCSA website. All comments on the Proposed HOS Rule must be submitted to FMCSA no later than March 4, 2011.

Down the Road – Mike


December to Remember

Did you have a December to remember?

There was a lot of stuff going on in December of 2010. With the blast off of CSA2010 (now just CSA), the Hours of Service rule changes and the Christmas Holidays it may have been difficult to remember what the heck the new year means.

I was fortunate enough to be able to take some time off the last couple of weeks, but now it’s time to refocus and also catch up on the 2010 left overs.

Today might be a good time to look at your CSA scores on the FMCSA website, Vigillo or other source and pick one item to focus on in January. Write it down, along with a few action steps and you can get the new year off on the right foot.

My focus will be on Cargo Securement and I am going to blast out a reminder to our managers to do a 10 minute review of our last training with our drivers.

Down the Road – Mike

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