News, Interviews, and Happenings From The Trucking World
Friday Short Haul - Break-away fifth wheel, HP partners with Embark, Texas lawsuit bill proceeds
Three top carriers sign up for 6,775 TuSimple self-driving trucks
Drivers come to the aid of crash victims, earn Highway Angel wings
Friday Short Haul - WIT names finalists, DOL withdraws decision, seat belt enforcement
Nation catching on to consequences of truck driver shortage
Inspectors on the road for International Roadcheck this week
Friday Short Haul - ADAS push, Fiji trucking, gas shortage, and AB 5 becomes law
Truckers involved in one-third of work zone crashes
Seven tips for drivers to boost their pay
Friday Short Haul - Samsung's Safety Truck, insurance minumums increase, COVID shots for Canadian truckers
TravelCenters names two as 2021 Citizen Drivers of the Year
Truck Historical Society launches Hall of Fame to honor truckers
Friday Short Haul - WIT Driver of the Year nominees, FMCSA admin, DRIVE-Safe Act
League of Cities offers solution to truck parking problem
Policy brief makes a strong case for commercializing rest areas
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA's TeenZone, Safety blitz, and Knight-Swift pay increase
States preparing for another spotted lanternfly season
Carriers encouraged to hire more entry-level drivers
Friday Short Haul - Embark AV interface, OOIDA letter, Crete pay
Website ranks carriers by driver pay - Sysco at the top
Opponents voice concerns about Amazon's Driveri surveillance system
Friday Short Haul - Embark and ADOT, Livestock haulers, and truck parking
WIT honors 73 "Top Women to Watch"
TCA honors four new Highway Angels
Friday Short Haul - Truck wings, miles traveled tax, left-lane laws
Texas doing something about nuclear verdicts against truckers
First autonomous vehicle program student to graduate this semester
Friday Short Haul - U.S. Xpress report, DRIVE Safe Act, Illegals
California's job-killing AB 5 about to go Federal
Federal speed-limiter mandate up for discussion again
Friday Short Haul - Florida's SafeDRIVE, hair test update, human smuggler caught with 41 aboard
Senators propose legislation to promote women in the trucking industry
Canada is firm on June 12 ELD mandate; but no devices are certified
Friday Short Haul - Top truck bottlenecks, North Dakota road trains, TuSimple IPO
Despite benefits, fleets are not embracing lightweighting
ELD mandate drives telematic and technology consolidations
Friday Short Haul - Truck stop closures, apprenticeship program, emissions tampering
Still time to comment on FMCSA's proposed vision rule change
Red-light and speed camera enforcement on states' legislative agendas
Friday Short Haul - C.R. England files RICO lawsuit, riskiest states, Walmart bonus
Controversy continues on under-21 driver pilot program proposal
WIT honors January and February Women of the Month
Friday Short Haul - International Roadcheck 2021, Nikola hydrogen deal, OOIDA wants truck stop vaccines
OOIDA's Lewie Pugh on tap as House transportation committee witness
Car drivers are schooled about truckers' blind spots
Friday Short Haul - Human smuggling, DOL rescinds opinion, yard moves comments
January Highway Angels get their 'wings'
DOL opinion green lights carriers to implement safety requirements on contractor drivers
Friday Short Haul - Protests, dark days ahead, TuSimple
Proposal to hit up SoCal warehouses for truck emissions at their facilities
Court says interstate drivers are not held to California's meal and rest break rules
Friday Short Haul - ND's 80mph speed limit, FMCSA advisory committees, precedent-setting lawsuit
Most states fail to measure up to safety advocate's recommendations
Road train pilot program approved by North Dakota lawmakers
Friday Short Haul - Best fleets to drive for in 2021, Feds' final worker status rule, yard jockeys need better training
TruckPark and FuelMe partnership takes the worry out of parking and fueling
Clearinghouse deadline, and new FMCSA guidance about yard moves
2020 closes with probably one of the most bizarre truck crash lawsuits ever
FMCSA adds underride guards to list of inspection items
Ex-football player helping truckers get into shape
Friday Short Haul - OOIDA's letter to Congress, J.B. Hunt's diversity project, major winter storm
France imposes lockdown on truckers from Britain attempting to cross the channel
DOT told to assess skills of employees able to meet automation challenge
Friday Short Haul - New FMCSA final rule, U.S. Xpress MIT study, Triton-EV semi
COVID blamed for backlog in holiday deliveries
Rule requiring driver notification of traffic violations is on FMCSA chopping block
Friday Short Haul - WIT Female Driver nominations, FMCSA HOS Q&A webinar, truckers handle
House passes federal marijuana bill; won't affect truckers
Predictive hiring assessments becoming popular recruiting tool. But will it cure turnover?
Friday Short Haul -- ATA letters about vaccine, FMCSA emergency declaration, UPS steps up dry ice production
WIT seeks to survey women about driving while pregnant
Four more drivers join ranks of TCA's Highway Angels
Friday Short Haul -- TCA's Fleet Safety awards, truck drivers' vaccine, Volvo electric semis
AI technology is now playing a bigger role in driver-facing camera surveillance
CDC releases lates COVID-19 guidelines for truckers
Friday Short Haul - Daimler self-driving Freightliner, driver's ed students, StopTheTires cancelled
FMCSA shoots down Washington State's more-stringent break rules for truckers
Two awardees announced for WIT's 2020 Woman of Influence
Friday Short Haul -- Trucking quilter, Tri-State bets $5,000, and CRST conquers dwell time
Veterans Day StopTheTires2020 shutdown protest planned
California voters approve Prop 22 to gain exemptions to AB-5
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA Pocket Guide, Heartland pay raise, teen trucker comments
U.S. Senator blasts FMCSA for lack of accountability and increased crashes
Four-state coalition forms to alleviate I-10 corridor truck parking problem
Friday Short Haul - Tyson's mirrorless trucks, Brake Safety Week results, 14-hour pilot program comments
Driver shortage ranks highest in ATRI's latest truck industry survey
FMCSA criticized for high number of CDL fraud incidences
Friday Short Haul - Volvo electrics, EPA emission penalties, PA move over law
Nuclear verdicts get carriers rethinking safety training programs
SBTC denied request for HOS and ELD exemptions when pets are on board
Friday Short Haul - Smuggled migrants, Prime settlement, USF Holland lawsuit, truck road damage
Tank trailers get approved for an additional pulsating brake light
TuSimple and Waymo go head to head on issues of AV trucking
Friday Short Haul - Drivers can self-dispatch, driver pay on the increase, Hurrican Delta emergency
Women in Trucking names Influential Women and top companies for women to work for
When a social media presence could hurt a driver or carrier
Friday Short Haul - Walmart buys Tesla semis, FMCSA drivers panel, Pronto.ai is denied request, and Jim Mullen moves to TuSimple
Machine learning shared truck loads add efficient component to LTL shipping
New HOS rules in effect Sept. 29; clearing confusion about the new rule changes
Friday Short Haul -- Schneider's remote orientation, 14-hour rule change comments, license renawal extension, ATA's DOL response
Feds come out with their own definition of independent contractor status
Amazon casts around for freight haulers; FMCSA news for drivers
Friday Short Haul - WIT photo contest, Teamsters challenge HOS, $1 billion for infrastructure
Speeding was most-cited violation during Safe Driver Week
Carriers, others, honor drivers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA wildfire declaration, hair drug testing, shift plus load pay
FMCSA looking to put under-21 drivers on interstate hauls
New AB 5 bill specifically targets truckers for enforcement
Friday Short Haul - AV test tracking tool, split-duty proposal comments, and mandatory hair testing
FMCSA helps bankroll Trucking Fatigue Meter to fight driver drowsiness
FMCSA looking at split-duty rule change; extending 14-hour day
Friday Short Haul - Travel centers announce special offers for drivers in September
Trucking landscape could look different after Nov. 3
More indictments in New Orleans area accident insurance scams
Friday Short Haul - North Dakota road trains, Brake Safety Week, drivers not returning to duty, opposition to Mexican truckers
Platooning passes real-world tests; new company emerges as leader
Helping victims of crashes earn drivers Highway Angel awards
Friday Short Haul - Trucker's last ride, FMCSA extension, autonomous trucks
Test vehicles did not fare well during AAA's driving assistance evaluations
Spotted lanternfly sightings on the increase
Friday Short Haul - JKC Trucking announcement, truck stop break-in, WIT top women businesses
FMCSA reminds drivers of 'adverse conditions' exemptions to HOS rules
SmartSense mitigates collision and 'sitting duck' situations
Friday Short Haul - FBI ELD hacks warning, students hack trucks, OOIDA asks for HVUT suspension
Women In Trucking announces 2020 photo contest
California publishes major new freight plan
Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident
COVID-19 gives the average trucker a chance to attend FMCSA safety summit
Overdrive honors Small Fleet Champs
Friday Short Haul - States push for electric semis, fewer student new-hires, troopers in a truck
Nearly 300,000 drivers would lose jobs if hair testing was mandated
Trucking Truth owner/founder gets 3-hour spot at Road Dog Trucking Radio
Friday Short Haul - Operation Safe Driver Week, Canadian border, fuel cell semis hit the road
Werner, DOE earn FMCSA ELD and HOS exemptions
TuSimple announces its Autonomous Freight Network to expand driverless freight hauling throughout the nation
Friday Short Haul - House passes Moving Forward Act, YRC gets a bailout, and trucking jobs on the increase
Group pens letter objecting to proposed EV charging stations at highway rest areas
Carriers' virus response gets kudos at TCA virtual meeting
Friday Short Haul - Convoy brokerage, CLP waiver extended, $2 million amendment passed, two sentenced for CDL fraud
Nuclear verdicts strangling trucking companies; not so, say lawsuit attorneys
Eight carriers in lawsuit for not poaching other companies' drivers
Friday Short Haul - Post-virus speeds return to normal, $2 million insurance minimum proposed, WIT looking to honor an influential woman
FMCSA extends 3 COVID-related waiver declarations
Truckers say they will refuse to enter cop-defunded cities
Friday Short Haul - Truckers love guns, freight broker leader resigns, avoiding riots
Cargo theft on the uptick during COVID-19 era
California voters will get a chance to scrap AB 5
Friday Short Haul - Prime crash verdict, Teamsters applaud INVEST Act, OOIDA opposes broker bond changes
Dwell and detention times begin to decrease post-virus
CRST fighting another battle over driver poaching
Friday Short Haul - Driver shortage is over, Amazon's brokerage goes national, and lawyers are after carriers for nuclear verdicts
Freight industry considering post-COVID-19 strategies
FMCSA to consider increasing HOS for autonomous drivers
Friday Short Haul - Trimble MAPS, rate of fatalities increase, Comcar bankruptcy, driver pay on the rise
FMCSA: Long-awaited final HOS revisions announced
2016 trucking documentary released to YouTube for public viewing
Friday Short Haul - Reusing morgue reefers, ATRI research priorities, FMCSA HOS declaration
WIT honors two women in the trucking industry
Freight brokers push back against "price gouging" accusation
Friday Short Haul - Tank truck revenues decline, former Arrow CEO gets early prison release, not-preventable crashes
ATRI and OOIDF team up for comprehensive COVID-19/trucking survey
U.S. military has unique needs for truck platooning
Friday Short Haul - Truckers protest low rates, 1 million masks given to drivers, SecurSpace app finds parking
WorkHound analyses what drivers think about the COVID-19 crisis
Group pushes back on temporary increased weight limits
Friday Short Haul - 'Thank God for truckers!' CA state senator proposes bill to suspend AB5, TA furloughs 3,000 workers
Truckers say distracted driving is on the rise
Trucking leaders think some recent changes might become permanent in the industry
Friday Short Haul - "Your papers please," skills testing waiver, masks required in Canada
Truckers report in on their treatment during these COVID-19 times
FMCSA acts quickly to keep the new-driver pipeline flowing
Friday Short Haul - Weight limits increase, food trucks not wanted in rest areas, FMCSA extends HOS exemptions
Trucking industry concerned about state licensing agency closings
California AB-5 advocates react to carriers' COVID-19 good deeds
Friday Short Haul - Schneider's error, Change.org petition, Teamsters Canada demands
Authors: 'Legacy' carriers ignore autonomous technology at their peril
COVID-19 scare: State gun laws come under scrutiny
Friday Short Haul - Inspection blitz postponed, COVID-19 webinar, FHA urges states to keep rest areas open, fewer cars means faster truck deliveries
DOT and FMCSA issue COVID-19 responses
Starsky Robotics calls it quits
Friday Short Haul - Weigh station parking, rest areas reopen, HOS waiver expanded, freight prices increase
Truck drivers mostly exempt from coronavirus lock downs
HOS rules relaxed for COVID-19 relief effort
Friday Short Haul - Western Express recovers from Tennessee tornado, driver involved in two accidents six minutes apart, another carrier quits
Daimler's electric vehicles and autonomous trucks continue real-world testing
Predictive technology increases driver safety, benefits carriers
Friday Short Haul -- Coffee drinking drivers, Amazon coronavirus email, FMCSA safety summit
AIRman introduces no-crank technology to landing gears
Roadmaster shows how to reduce driver turnover
Friday Short Haul - CBD users beware, 8,000 violations revealed in Clearinghouse, laptop theft lands Alabama trucker in prison
Canada company offers easy access to spare trailers
Roadcheck could result in temporarily higher freight rates
Friday Short Haul - Self-driving yard trucks, Knight-Swift partners with Truckstop.com, Security guard shoots driver
Training providers offer a diversity of options
Idaho eases hemp transport prohibition; too late to help arrested drivers
Friday Short Haul - Tennessee carrier quits, signs a carrier is going down, retaining drivers
New phone app hopes to alleviate shipper waits
Senate Transportation Committee gets an earful from trucking execs
Friday Short Haul - Best fleets to drive for, FMCSA delays ELDT rule, Cold Carriers closes doors
Baylor Trucking deals with consequences of ELD outage
WIT announces first-ever Driver Ambassador, names February Member of the Month
Friday Short Haul - ATA at White House USMCA signing, AB-5 fight continues, toughest jobs
May dates announced for this year's roadside inspection blitz
States work to toughen up left-lane-hogging laws
Friday Short Haul - Pilot Flying J name change, CRST-Swift lawsuit, Schneider named innovator
Seven drivers named as TCA's Highway Angels
Travel advisories and restrictions announced for Midwest weekend storm
Friday Short Haul - Senators demand GPS app updates, Jason's Law survey, ATA applauds USMCA, FMCSA's truck crash survey
Research group recommends a national autonomous truck policy
A glimpse into driving long-haul in China
Friday Short Haul - Court blocks AB-5, SBTC vs. FMCSA, Can Opener Bridge
Loses appeal: Walmart ordered to pony up $54 million to drivers
WIT and Walmart seek nominations for Female Driver of the Year
Friday Short Haul - Sweatshop on Wheels, judge exempts truckers from AB-5, Fleetwood closes doors
Trucking Truth's top stories for 2019
Random drug tests of drivers to double in 2020
Friday Short Haul - New EV semi, tonnage down, turnover up, Grapevine fatality, runaway truck tires demolish car
Trucking industry goes out of its way for Christmas charitable giving
Fuel card provider hit with FTC lawsuit
Friday Short Haul - Driver coercion, zero emissions, driver fatalities
Hard enforcement for ELD compliance now in effect
State CDL agencies get reprieve from drug & alcohol clearinghouse deadline
Friday Short Haul - JB Hunt's Wreaths Across America, Plus.ai butter run, states look for zero emissions
Carriers muster to pick up Celadon drivers, employees
Will Amazon's pay-per-day plan influence the industry?
Freight volume and rates downturn turns into a 'bloodbath'
Friday Short Haul - Independent contractors getting booted out of CA, winter weather resources, ransomware attack
Knowing when to say goodbye to an unprofitable shipper
Schneider donates trucks; Congress considers women-driver-friendly bill
Friday Short Haul - CTA files lawsuit against California, Highway Hero nominations sought, video of "Move Over" crash
Tesla announces new electric Semi model
Not everyone happy with potential FMCSA clearinghouse delay
Friday Short Haul - AI taking driving jobs, CRV scam, Truckers protest AB-5, ELDs quit working
Investigators cracking down on truck accident fraudulent lawsuits
So you want to start your own trucking company?
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA emergency exemptions, snow plows, FedEx employee bribery charges
Human smuggling via big rigs on the increase
Carriers, drivers look at ways to deal with California's AB-5
Friday Short Haul - Millennials and trucking, Truckers Christmas Group, Navistar settlement
Too many drivers still don't know to "Move Over"
Are trucker strikes a thing of the past?
Friday Short Haul - Passenger car drivers, spotted lanternfly, women drivers
OOIDA makes final push for better HOS rules
Car-truck crash fatalities continue to increase
Friday Short Haul - Amazon's fleet of day cabs, legislator's disclosure, WTA petition
ATA chief takes on truck-accident lawyers
Lonely on the road? Get a furry friend
Friday Short Haul - Lab-grown meat, fraudulent freight brokering, FMCSA HOS committee, FMCSA Clearinghouse
UPS takes giant leap in its drone delivery program
Female drivers are safer bet for trucking companies
Friday Short Haul - Embark gets financing, FMCSA announces safety grants, Covenant exits Mexico routes, and trucking statistics
Emissions standards battle heats up between the EPA and California
Smog checks in the future for California truck drivers
Friday Short Haul - Volvo Dynamic Steering, Meals for 18 Wheels, speeding crackdown, OOIDA opposes legislation
Telematics could be insurance-premium-saving boon for fleets
54 percent of survey respondents still not impressed with telematics technology
Friday Short Haul - Walmart video, it's churn, not shortage, California's independent contractor bill, hemp drivers plea
TCA honors three Highway Angels
Now they're talking about "smart" trailers
Friday Short Haul - Detention-time comments, truck orders decline, diesel fuel shortage
Berkeley study says reducing independent truckers can alleviate climate change
Clearing up concerns about the drug and alcohol clearinghouse
Friday Short Haul - Hurricane Dorian, Speed limiter bill, Thank a Driver campaign
Georgia jury awards $280 million for truck-driver-caused multi-fatality
Friday Short Haul - New eCascadias, Top cities for truck driver jobs, Push against driverless trucks
Decision on California drivers' employee/contractor status coming down to the wire
UPS jumps on autonomous bandwagon with TuSimple investment
FMCSA publishes proposed HOS rule changes
Fleets, drivers coming to like automated manual transmissions
CVSA asks for new truck crash study
Friday Short Haul - HOS revisions delayed, AEB mandate proposed, Koch sued for sex discrimination
Kodiak Robotics takes lead in autonomous truck industry race
New York City combats rash of cyclist/truck clashes
Friday Short Haul - CRST wins lawsuit, OOIDA opposes insurance hike, UPSNav
Mechanics shortage equals driver shortage in intensity
DOT announces almost 1$ billion in grants to fix infrastructure
Friday Short Haul - DOL on sleeper pay, UPS drone delivery, Geowiz ELDs
FMCSA takes a look at assault, harassment of female and minority drivers
It's hot out there, what's a trucker to do? Can't idle.
Friday Short Haul - Utah truck rollovers, aging truckers, lifetime CDL bans
Truck-mounted LED billboards coming under fire
Trucker 'drones on' with unique approach to teaching driving skills
Friday Short Haul - Rhode Island tolls, human smuggling, contractor vs employee status
ELD mandate deadline looming, many still not compliant
New "boot" device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters
Friday Short Haul - Prime Inc vs Amazon, mother fights HOS changes, truck drivers appreciation week
Proper way to fly the American flag on your truck this Fourth of July
Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks?
Friday Short Haul - Skills test proposal, driver shortage, hemp sentencing, driverless trucks
Experts warn of active wildland fire season
More states signing on to enlist truckers against human trafficking
Friday Short Haul - Shippers of Choice, insurance rates, wheel spikes, WIT award
Freight numbers not holding up to 2018's highs
Truck safety group urges purges of drug abuse drivers
Friday Short Haul - Self-driving certificate, truck platooning, trade war stacking up cargo
HOS waiver coming soon for fireworks haulers
FMCSA takes a further look at detention time
Friday Short Haul - Autonomous delivery, HOS rules changes, CDL retest
Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week
Hemp arrest prompts USDA memo
Friday Short Haul - Waymo big rigs, Move over sting, Under-21 comments
Severe weather prompts renewed emergency declaration
Memorial Day holiday is prime time for cargo thefts
Friday Short Haul - Hauling hemp, road rage fatality, new rules for autonomous vehicles
Autonomous trucks on USPS test run
Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA under-21 comments, Tesla autonomous car crash, 24,000 drivers sign contract with YRC
Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA
Trucker Buddy program matches drivers with a classroom; everyone wins
Friday Short Haul - Driver awarded $80 million, ODFL driver wins, loading dock black hole
Storm breaks out from Rockies, slams into Midwest, South
Capacity issues have shippers looking at private fleets
Friday Short Haul - HOS rules, dark skies, Falcon drivers
'Bug' permits now required for four eastern states
Simulator use is catching on for schools, carriers
Friday Short Haul - Thinking electric, Penske opens charging station, border crossing crisis, railroads taking trucking business
ELDs might not be the panacea that was hoped for
Truck drivers may soon see "phantoms" driving yard trucks
Friday Short Haul - Nikola big rigs, WIT welcomes Peterbilt, Oregon crashes, Border crossings
Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels
Uber's IPO application reveals interesting data about its freight brokerage business
Friday Short Haul - CDL examiner arrested, tolls proposed for trucks, marijuana use on the rise
Smart Load Board will get carriers the loads they need
Huge lines and long wait times greet carriers at Mexico border
Friday Short Haul - Marijuana, ATA campaign, personal conveyance rules
Over-the-air downloads revolutionize parameter updates
Don't get scammed by skimmers
Friday Short Haul -- New Cascadias honored, motorist survey, U.S, Xpress awarded, rest stop parking
Legislators address underride collisions, propose more underguards for trucks, trailers
Motorists soon may encounter a different kind of truck convoy
Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap
Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising
FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website
Friday Short Haul - Swift settlement, driver shortage myth, TCA Best Fleet award
The hidden danger of looking but not seeing
Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout
Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire
Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases
Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness
Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports
New tax changes hit drivers hard
FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military
Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use
Congress committee looks at state of America's highways
Number of cargo thefts is down; but dollar value about the same
Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks
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February Highway Angels honorees named
Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets
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Long CDL testing wait times cost economy billions of dollars; not helping driver shortage
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California survives challenge to its low-carbon fuel standards
Friday Short Haul - Highway robbery ... autonomous trucks ... new trailers
LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30
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TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award
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We Ask Drivers How They Would Make The Logbook Rules Better
Recently, we had a discussion with experienced drivers on what changes they would make to the hours-of-service rules that all interstate CDL license holders are bound by.
Not surprisingly, the biggest bone of contention for drivers is the universally-despised "14-hour rule", which requires that your entire "on-duty" shift starts when your day starts, and ends 14 hours later.
Drivers are allowed a maximum 11 hours driving, followed by a mandatory period of 10 consecutive hours "off-duty". On-duty maximums are 60 hours in 7 days and 70 hours in 8.
The Hours-Of-Service Problem
In most driver's eyes, the new hours-of-service rules complicated a simple process unnecessarily, taking flexibility away from good drivers and putting everybody into the same "one-size-fits-all" box.
Among the loudest complaints about the unceasing ticking of the 14-hour clock is the inability to take naps when needed, under the time constraints of the load.
Not only does it seemingly ignore the way that the trucking industry as a whole operates, but also how the human mind and body work. Not to mention weather and traffic.
"The only people that can make any sense out of that are so-called "sleep experts", who claim we need 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every single day.
But I almost never get 8 straight hours of sleep. Usually I get 4 or 5, maybe 6 sometimes, and then a nap sometime during the day. And none of us are that consistent.
We all have strong days where we feel great all day long, and slower days where we need more rest or some breaks along the way.
There's nothing in the rules to accommodate any of that."
~ Brett Aquila, Owner, TruckingTruth.com
Source: TruckingTruth.com Forum
Add to this the 8/2 sleeper provision, which allows drivers to pause their 14-hour clock by spending 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth.
After 8 hours in the sleeper berth, it only allows them to drive whatever hours they had left when they entered the sleeper.
It still lacks the flexibility that would benefit many drivers, for the same reasons.
Formerly, HOS rules gave drivers more flexibility to drive when it made sense to drive, and sleep when it made sense to sleep.
It also allowed them to account for delays at customers, or due to unforeseen traffic and weather conditions.
"Years ago the logbook rules were much better, in my opinion, than they are today. Basically:
You could drive up to 10 hours before requiring an 8 hour break.
You could split your sleeper berth and driving time into two segments, as long as each segment in the sleeper berth was a minimum of 2 hours.
The 70 hour rule was the same as it is today. You can be on duty up to 70 hours every 8 days.
The 14 hour rule did not exist, the 30 minute break was not required, and the 34 hour reset did not exist.
You could still drive about the same number of miles back then as you can today, but the split sleeper berth rule and the lack of a 14 hour rule gave you far more flexibility than you have today."
~ Brett Aquila, Owner, TruckingTruth.com
Source: TruckingTruth.com Forum
So What Should Be Changed?
Naturally, most of the replies in the discussion would eliminate or amend the 14-hour rule.
Many would prefer either going back to the old 10 hours on, 8 hours off, or let you stop the clock with more lenient sleeper berth rules.
In practice, the 14-hour rule actually penalizes drivers who stop to take a 2 or 3 hour nap, forcing them to sleep at customers.
It sometimes forces them to stop "anywhere they can", rather than the safety of a rest area or truck stop.
Many drivers, like Brett, would roll them back altogether to the simpler rules from years back.
G-Town, a Swift driver in a dedicated fleet for Walmart, finds himself in a more unique situation than many of our other members:
Eliminate or modify the 14 hour rule.
At the very least, it should stop running when logged "off-duty", especially for the 30 minute break.
Most of the clock challenges I deal with are a result of the "14" not meshing well with the type of work involved with Walmart dedicated.
Live unloads that must be observed by the driver (at a minimum) burn up to 5 hours per day with a 5-6 stop run or even more if a second load is dispatched during the work day.
It's common for me to drive 7-8 hours during the work day and return empty to the DC with minutes remaining on the "14" hour clock.
~ G-Town, Professional Truck Driver.
Source: TruckingTruth.com Forum
Well in my opinion the 14 hour rule doesn't mesh with anything.
I mean, do you like cramming all of your work into a straight 14 hour period without the flexibility to take naps if you need them, or wait it out for a few hours at the docks when customers are slow?
Does the human mind and body function well like that?
Does the shipping industry function like that?
Does traffic or weather function like that?
The only people that can make any sense out of that are so-called "sleep experts", who claim we need 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every single day.
But I almost never get 8 straight hours of sleep.
Usually I get 4 or 5, maybe 6 sometimes, and then a nap sometime during the day. And none of us are that consistent.
We all have strong days where we feel great all day long, and slower days where we need more rest or some breaks along the way. There's nothing in the rules to accommodate any of that.
~ Brett Aquila, Owner, TruckingTruth.com
Source: TruckingTruth.com Forum
Tanker delivery driver, and TruckingTruth legend, Daniel B. takes a different approach:
I would switch it back to exactly as you described but add the 34 hour reset. However, I don't think they would ever do that because it would only make sense - cant have that.
So I would:
Increase the 14 hour clock into a 16 hour clock to accommodate some of the issues described above.
Increase the 11 hour clock to a 12 hour clock to allow for more drive time.
8 hour break remains.
34 hour reset remains.
As a result of the 14 hour clock increasing by 2 hours, I would completely remove the Split Sleeper Berth provision.
Add an additional duty status called Off-Duty Break abbreviated as ODB. ODB will pause the 16 hour clock for up to 4 hours, after the 4th hour the 16 hour clock will resume and behave like the current 14 hour clock.
ODB is a duty status strictly for sleeping periods when the driver is too fatigued to safely continue driving. If used in any other way, it is an HoS violation.
~ Daniel B., Professional Truck Driver
Source: TruckingTruth.com Forum
I like Dan's suggestion.
And if all that is too hard. There has to be an option to pause the 14. And not just the 2 hr exemption for unforeseen weather events.
Best example I have for this is a pick up I had in Buffalo. Nearest real truck stop is in PA about an hour away.
I get to the customer and find out min 7 hour delay. Bam. I'm trapped, weather I go find a place to park or stay there my entire day is shot.
By the time I'm loaded I'll have 2 hours to find somewhere else to park.
~ MC1371, Professional Truck Driver.
Source: TruckingTruth.com Forum
One glaring issue with the current restrictive hours-of-service rules is it's "one-size-fits-all" approach to the realities of the industry, in general.
Different sets of duties, responsibilities, and driving styles define the different types of driver.
Whether they drive over-the-road, dedicated, or regional, they are all put in the same regulatory box:
Prospective driver millionmiler24 wrote:
"Totally OBLITERATE the 14 hour rule. Have 12 hours on duty each day and 12 hours combined off duty/sleeper berth. The only things you log on duty not driving would be pre-trip, fueling, and post trip.
As soon as you arrive at a shipper or receiver, switch to off duty and send in an arrival macro to your dispatcher to let them know you aren't just loafing around.
Anytime you stop for a break and you switch to off duty/sleeper berth, it STOPS your 12 hour clock and doesn't affect it until you have 12 hours off duty or sleeper berth.
Then it will reset back to 12 or whatever you have left on your 60, whatever is less.
When you hit 60 hours each week, do a 48 hour uninterrupted reset.
In other words have the weekends off or something that resembles a weekend off, two days off in a row. Also any hours logged above 40 each week should be paid at time and a half.
In other words whatever your cpm rate is, add half of that to your current cpm rate and any on duty time logged after that should be paid at the higher rate."
~ millionmiler24, Prospective Truck Driver
Source: TruckingTruth.com Forum
That's okay for OTR work, but on many Dedicated assignments (specifically retail store delivery), reduces the amount of work that can be accomplished in a day. I cannot log off-duty when I deliver to Walmart.
The live-unload requires the driver to be attentive to the operation and at times for a perishable reefer load, supervise what comes off and what goes back on.
Many times 12 hours isn't enough time to complete a 6-stop load, the type that earns the highest pay.
I still believe Daniel's suggestion can satisfy the needs of most Interstate drivers; OTR, Regional and/or Dedicated.
~ G-Town, Professional Truck Driver
Source: TruckingTruth.com Forum
Driver Isaac H. takes that further with a perfect baseball analogy:
And that is exactly correct G-Town. There are the OTR drivers that just drive, drive, drive drop and hook, and there are OTR drivers that deliver, deliver, drive a little and deliver. And everything in between.
How are you going to come up with one set of rules for everybody?
Are you going to tell every pitcher in baseball that they are required to pitch 5 innings? The starters would be like "Yeah! Only 5 innings" and the closers are going to be like "5 innings is too much! "
Isaac H., Professional Truck Driver
Source: TruckingTruth.com Forum
New FMCSA Sleeper-Berth Study
More recently, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s associate administrator for research and information technology Kelly Regal, updated attendees at the Managing Fatigue international conference in San Diego, CA, on an FMCSA "Flexible sleeper berth pilot program", which she hopes will start collecting data in late 2017.
The study, actually announced in January, 2016, is still awaiting clearance from the White House Office of Management and Budget on it's methodology and approach.
It will study 200 truck drivers under various sleep schedules, providing a sleeper-berth exemption that will allow them to use 3/7, 4/6, and 5/5-hour splits of their required 10-hour off-duty time.
“We know a lot of drivers do choose daytime sleep,” Honn said, proven to be much less adequate for cognitive function/fatigue levels than split sleep in a prior study conducted by her university. “But if they can get some of their sleep during the nighttime hours it may be beneficial for them – as good as or better than consolidated daytime sleep.”
~ Kimberly Honn, Washington State University principal researcher at the Sleep and Performance Research Center
Overdrive: Fixing the 14-hour rule: FMCSA moving closer to flexible sleeper-split pilot program
"I have been following the e-log discussion for the last 10 years. I never see where anyone with any truck sense interjects the issue of the 14-hour rule, which when combined with the e-log issue might possibly throw this country into another recession. It is possible that no one but a truck driver really understands the 14-hour rule and the insane change it brought to the industry. Let me share with you the view from an old man that has spent a lifetime in the trucking business.
When the 14-hour rule was imposed on the trucking business it totally destroyed the possibility that safety could be achieved through the hours of service. Can you imagine how anyone could come up with such a plan: if you penalize an experienced truck driver for taking a nap, it will make him safer?
Rather, you need to encourage any driver to take a nap if he feels he needs one. No matter what number of hours he has driven, if he feel he needs a nap, by all means take one. That nap, regardless of length, should not subtract or distract from his opportunity to make a living. The mere idea that you can eliminate that need for a nap with dictation of sleep/off-duty patterns is ridiculous.
I challenge you or any esteemed member of our government or its regulators to show me where allowing a driver to take a nap endangers him or others. Be a realist. Explain that the day that the 14-hour rule went into effect, it made a liar out of all those that were trying their damnedest to comply with the previous hours of service. For those that want very little help from others, at least allow a driver to determine his own point of fatigue and need for rest."
~ Gary Carlisle, Owner-Operator, Midland, Texas
It's clear that there need to be some limits to how many hours per day drivers can put in behind the wheel. A growing body of research shows that increasing the hours worked actually decreases productivity. In the case of truck drivers in charge of an 80,000-pound vehicle, driver fatigue is a major concern. And, honestly, give some people an inch, and they'll take a mile. Or 500.
"Long hours typify certain jobs and research has documented untoward consequences of long hours in these occupations. In a study of hospital staff nurses, shifts longer than 12 hours and working weeks longer than 40 hours were associated with significantly heightened probabilities of error that have raised questions about patient safety. In another study, medical interns were significantly more likely to be involved in motor vehicle crashes if they had just worked extended shifts. Forty-two similar reports have been made about airline pilots, police officers, truck drivers, and soldiers. "
~ John Pencavel, Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Source: "The Productivity of Working Hours"
Beyond that, many health issues can be directly attributed to the stress and long hours that drivers face. Despite not normally being a "regular job" in terms of scheduling and hours, the leeway to listen to one's own body is hard to find under the current regulations.
Obviously, successful drivers eventually learn how to manage their clock within the rules, and be highly productive in spite of them. But given the forced 14-hour day, the people trying to do the job are the ones that the FMCSA would be wise to heed. Whether the FMCSA actually listens to drivers when they call for comments on pending rules is probably up for debate.
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