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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    The new HOS rules have been published.

    FMCSA Publishes Final HOS Rule, Granting Flexibility to Drivers

    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcs...bility-drivers
    I have now read several trucking industry groups have said the new HOS rules will affect safety in a negative way.
    The Teamsters have aid the same thing.

    Teamsters Denounce New Trucker Hours Of Service Rules For Threatening Safety
    The Teamsters are taking aim at new truck driving hours-of-service rules released today by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), saying they would lead to reduced roadway safety for drivers and the traveling public at large.

    Effective 120 days from now, the FMCSA will increase the short haul exemption to 14 hours on duty within a distance of 150 air miles. Additionally, the new rules will alter the driver break rule to require a 30 minute rest break after eight hours of driving instead of eight hours on duty. It will also allow drivers to record 30 minutes as "on-duty non-driving" status to take a break, among other things.

    "In an effort to increase so-called 'flexibility' for trucking companies, the FMCSA is abandoning safety and allowing drivers to push themselves to the limit even further," Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. "Trucking is already one of the nation's most dangerous jobs. We shouldn't be sacrificing the health and safety of drivers just to pad the profits of their big business bosses."
    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...301059730.html

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    Another article about the Teamsters views on this HOS change. ABF already has the guys doing such long trips now, way too long. They eliminated so many of what used to be the stops between two points last year that drivers are already pushed to the max.

    Teamsters union pushes back on FMCSA plan to make hours of services rules more flexible
    According to FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen, the new policies were derived from listening to the concerns of truckers, and will improve safety on America’s roadways while strengthening the nation’s motor carrier industry.

    However, truck drivers’ union International Brotherhood of Teamsters rebutted that claim, saying the new rules could lead to reduced roadway safety for drivers and the traveling public at large. "In an effort to increase so-called 'flexibility' for trucking companies, the FMCSA is abandoning safety and allowing drivers to push themselves to the limit even further," Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said in a release. "Trucking is already one of the nation's most dangerous jobs. We shouldn't be sacrificing the health and safety of drivers just to pad the profits of their big business bosses."

    Among other changes, the rules will now FMCSA will increase the short haul exemption to 14 hours on duty within a distance of 150 air miles, up from 100. Additionally, the new rules will alter the driver break rule to require a 30 minute rest break after eight hours of driving instead of eight hours on duty. It will also allow drivers to record 30 minutes as "on-duty non-driving" status to take a break, among other things, the Teamsters said.
    https://www.dcvelocity.com/articles/...-more-flexible

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    The new hours of service rules are scheduled to be implemented Monday, September 28.
    Click the link to read the major changes to the rules.

    FMCSA’s new Hours of Service rules to go into effect in September
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s recently debuted Hours of Service (HOS) rules are on course to go into effect in late September.
    The FMCSA’s Hours of Service Final Rule is slated for publication in the Federal Register on June 1, 2020, and is set to take effect 120 days after that publication date.
    This would set the effective date for the new HOS rules for Monday, September 28.
    The three month implementation delay will give ELD providers time to update their technology to accommodate the rule changes.
    The FMCSA debuted the HOS Final Rule on May 14 after two years of active development.
    https://cdllife.com/2020/fmcsas-new-...-in-september/

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    Even though the final HOS rule has been scheduled to start September 29, 2020, there could be a delay.

    New HOS rules face months or years of delay if Democrats have their way
    A $500 billion transportation and infrastructure bill introduced by House Democrats on Wednesday could result in a major delay in the implementation date of new Hours of Service regulation changes.
    Currently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s recently debuted Hours of Service (HOS) rules are set to go into effect on September 29, 2020, after the Hours of Service Final Rule was debuted on May 14, 2020, following two years of active development.
    However, the late September start date could be in jeopardy due to a nearly $500 billion, 5 year infrastructure bill introduced in the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on June 3.
    The “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act” spearheaded by Peter DeFazio (D-OR) would provide much needed funding for roads, bridges, public transit, and rail systems repair and upgrades.
    https://cdllife.com/2020/new-hos-rul...ave-their-way/

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    Another regulation extended due to the virus.

    FMCSA Extends Pre-Employment Drug Testing Waiver
    Federal trucking regulators have extended through Sept. 30 a waiver from certain pre-employment drug testing requirements for truck drivers during the COVID-19 emergency.

    “In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, many employers have imposed layoffs, furloughs or otherwise temporarily removed employees from performing safety-sensitive functions, resulting in their removal from the random pool for controlled substances and alcohol testing for a period greater than 30 days,” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in the waiver announcement, dated June 5.

    “As employers begin calling these drivers back to work, they will incur the cost of conducting pre-employment controlled substances testing before using these drivers to perform safety-sensitive functions,” the agency said. “The administrative and cost burdens of pre-employment testing for furloughed drivers outside the random testing pool for more than 30 days falls on motor carrier employers at the very time they are attempting to return to expanded levels of operation.”
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcs...testing-waiver

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    Teamsters and other safety groups have petitioned FMCSA to reconsider the final HOS rule.

    Safety Groups, Teamsters Petition FMCSA to Reconsider HOS Final Rule
    A group of safety organizations and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have filed a petition for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to reconsider the final rule on changes to hours-of-service regulations soon to take effect.

    The petition, dated June 30, was filed by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Truck Safety Coalition, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways and Parents Against Tired Truckers.

    FMCSA’s final rule, announced by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen on May 14, includes four revisions that pertain to issues truckers have voiced concerns about, such as the 30-minute rest break and splitting up time in the sleeper berth. The final rule takes effect Sept. 29.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/safe...hos-final-rule

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    For all the active drivers that would like to see their "report card", or the PSP ( Pre-Employment Screening Program ) the FMCSA has on you, then follow directions to get your card.

    Have You Ever Seen a Copy of Your PSP? Here’s What It Looks Like
    A PSP report is the FMCSA’s grade card on you as a driver. The contents of that report can dictate whether or not you get hired. Have you ever seen a copy of your PSP? If not, here’s what it looks like.
    At the federal level, there are two ways to find out exactly what’s on your record.

    1. A driver can obtain a copy of their PSP record through the PSP service online. There is a $10.00 fee.
    2. Drivers who don’t want to pay can get free report by submitting a Privacy Act request.
    A PSP report shows a driver’s most recent 5 years of crash data and most recent 3 years of roadsides.
    The report shows all information regarding a crash — such as time, date, state, injuries, fatalities, stowaways, etc.
    The report also shows a carrier whether the FMCSA declared the crash preventable or non preventable.
    https://cdllife.com/2020/have-you-ev...it-looks-like/

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    Not sure of the the real reason ? ( I'm suspect ) Why the need to loosen drug testing ? On one hand the government says the virus is no big deal. Life is moving on. Open up everything.

    FMCSA temporarily relaxing random drug-testing requirements
    The DOT’s random drug and alcohol testing requirements will be given temporary leniency according to a notice published by the FMCSA on Monday.

    The announcement was made Monday, July 6th and states that the FMCSA will “provide reasonable enforcement flexibility during this unprecedented pandemic,” giving some leeway to trucking companies unable to fully comply with the random testing requirements due to COVID-19 regulations.

    Trucking companies are still technically required to randomly select and test drivers at the typical required rate – 50% of their average number of drivers for drug testing and 10% for alcohol testing – but are now legally allowed to provide written documentation citing specific reasons for non-compliance if testing is not completed due to circumstances brought about by COVID-19. in addition, the companies are required to document efforts made to find “alternative testing sites or other testing resources.”
    https://cdllife.com/2020/fmcsa-tempo...-requirements/

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    If the drug hair testing is mandated, there will be plenty of job openings.
    This isn't a definite, but if they're talking, it could happen.

    Explosive study reports 300,000 truckers would be out of a job if FMCSA mandates hair testing
    A new study released by University of Central Arkansas (UCA) in Conway reports that if the FMCSA mandates hair follicle testing, nearly 300,000 truck drivers would be out of a job.
    The study, conducted by UCA Professors Doug Voss and Joe Cangelosi, was paid for by the Trucking Alliance.
    This research examines trucking industry data and finds about 300,000 truck drivers would be removed from their positions if forced to pass a hair drug test. Hair testing opponents argue that the test is biased against ethnic minority groups. Comparing urine and hair pass/fail rates for various ethnic groups, our results indicate ethnic groups are significantly different irrespective of testing procedure. Factors other than testing method seem to underlie ethnic group pass/fail rate differences,” the study states.
    https://cdllife.com/2020/explosive-s...-hair-testing/

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    The push is on for hair testing. The ATA is making the case to advance this type of testing.

    ATA Meets With OMB to Discuss Hair Sample Testing Rule
    A new federal drug-testing law for truck drivers that has been held up at the White House for more than a year — and which traces its origins back years longer — may finally be poised for advancement, according to an executive from American Trucking Associations who recently met with officials from the Office of Management and Budget.
    It was more than four years ago that Congress passed a law mandating a drug-testing rule for truck drivers and certain federal employees using hair samples, and the rule has been on hold at OMB for 13 months amid rumored internal disagreements among various federal agencies and some unions potentially affected by the complex hair testing guidance. OMB generally attempts to review a rule for up to 90 days before sending it back to an agency with questions, suggestions or approval.
    Some points made by ATA:

    - Urinalysis typically detects drug use within three to seven days; hair testing, 90 days.
    - Hair sample collection is simpler and cheating is next to impossible.
    - On average, trucking companies that adopt hair testing for prohibited drugs often see declines in their DOT random drug testing positivity rate by 45%.
    - The estimated cost of duplicative urinalysis and hair testing with the current DOT rule is more than $3.6 million per year for the industry.
    - The December 2015 legislation mandating hair testing had bipartisan, bicameral support.
    - An increase in state-level decriminalization of recreational or medical cannabis use, which remains prohibited under federal law and DOT rules.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/omb-...ting-rule-hair

 

 
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