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Congress to Add Requirements to HOS Restart Study

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Before heading home for the year, this week Congress is expected to pass spending and tax legislation that includes a provision requiring the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to expand its study of the 34-hour restart requirement to the Hours of Service (HOS) rules before it can be reinstated. If enacted, the 34-hour restart provision will remain suspended even longer than previously anticipated.


As part of last year's bill to fund the federal government, a provision was included suspending the 34-hour restart period while FMCSA conducts a study. FMCSA is still conducting the study and recently said it expected to complete it in February 2016. However, the language in the new spending bill goes even further, requiring FMCSA to demonstrate in the study that the 34-hour restart period improves safety on the nation's roads.


NASSTRAC supports the provision included in the year-end spending bill that will benefit shippers, and through its participation in the HOS Coalition has worked to continue the suspension of the 34-hour restart requirement (Transport Topics).

Tags:  FMCSA  HOS  Safety 

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FMCSA Finalizes ELD Rule

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on December 10 announced a final rule requiring commercial trucks to be equipped with Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). Commercial trucks not equipped with ELDs have two years to comply with the regulation. Trucks equipped with older technology to track Hours-of-Service (HOS) compliance will have until late 2019, two years beyond the compliance date, to upgrade and meet the new standard.


FMCSA estimates that three million vehicles will be affected by the ELD mandate. In most instances, a truck equipped with an ELD will not be required to retain supporting documents verifying on-duty driving time. The final rule also permits the use of smartphones and other wireless devices for use as ELDs, as long as they satisfy technical specifications and are certified by FMCSA (Fleet Owner).

Tags:  Electronic Logging Devices  FMCSA  HOS 

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34-Hour Restart Provision to Extend Through February

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The hours-of-service (HOS) restart rules for truck drivers likely will remain suspended through February, a few months longer than expected. FMCSA has said it will provide the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG) its review of the restart rules in mid-December, which then has 60 days to conduct a review.


The restart rules are required to remain suspended until a final study is presented to Congress, according to a fiscal 2015 funding law enacted in December 2014. That law suspended FMCSA's rule requiring truck drivers to take off two consecutive periods of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. during a 34-hour restart.


NASSTRAC supports the continued moratorium of the 34-hour restart provision until FMCSA provides data showing that it improves safety (Transport Topics). 


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Driver Coercion Rule Finalized

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 8, 2015
FMCSA has issued a final Driver Coercion rule that will take effect on January 29, 2016. It prohibits carriers, shippers and brokers from coercing truck drivers to violate hours-of-service (HOS) and other safety regulations. Carriers, shippers and brokers are not required to monitor driver HOS compliance as part of the rule, and drivers are required to report incidents of driver coercion within 90 days. Violators of the rule can be fined up to $16,000 per incident. (Transport Topics)

Tags:  FMCSA  HOS 

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