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  1. #251
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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    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


    https://cdllife.com/2020/fmcsas-new-...-in-september/
    An update:

    DOT says it’s full speed ahead on hours changes implementation

    August 05, 2020
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it’s proceeding with implementation of a new hours of service rule designed to give drivers more flexibility in their daily work schedule.

    “Right now, there’s no effort to abate or hold off on Sept. 29,” said the agency’s Acting Administrator, Jim Mullen, in FMCSA’s online Truck Safety Summit held Aug. 5.

    Sept. 29, of course, is the date on which drivers can start utilizing the new provisions related to split-sleeper-berth logging, the adverse conditions exception, short-haul air mile radius and time limitations and the 30-minute break.

    “We’re still doing outreach and education” with a variety of stakeholders, he added, and creating training materials. “Right now, we’re on track.”
    https://www.overdriveonline.com/dot-...mplementation/

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    FMCSA has awarded some grants totaling 80 million to enhance commercial vehicle safety. The grants went to various states and educational institutions.

    FMCSA grants nearly $80M for CMV safety
    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it has awarded nearly $80 million in grants to states and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety.
    “These awards of nearly $80 million represent the highest funding level for these critical safety grants to enhance commercial motor vehicle and road safety,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao in a statement.
    In total, the agency stated that nearly 60% of FMCSA’s funding is provided to states and local communities through grant funding.
    https://www.trucker.com/safety/artic...for-cmv-safety

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    Should deaf drivers be allowed to operate a commercial vehicle ? Some people think it's time to lift some restrictions on the hearing impaired.

    Should FMCSA lift restrictions on deaf drivers?
    A lack of support from major trucking organizations, state licensing agencies and an influential medical group could impede efforts by disability rights advocates to lift commercial driver’s license (CDL) restrictions for truck drivers who cannot hear.

    The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December to propose a rule repealing requirements that commercial truck drivers be able to hear. NAD’s petition also requests that FMCSA amend the requirement that interstate drivers be able to speak, as well as a rule barring interpreters from the CDL skills-test process.

    The petition — which is still being considered by FMCSA, a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) source confirmed — generated roughly 140 public comments, including many from anonymous commenters both supporting and opposing NAD. Among those who initially weighed in are commercial driving trainers that warn lifting the CDL restrictions would make training less safe.
    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/sh...n-deaf-drivers

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    More about that "flexibility" word we hear so often. IMO, 14 hours is long enough to be on-duty without messing with break times and such.

    FMCSA considers allowing truckers to hit ‘pause’ on 14 hour driving window
    On Friday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced plans to launch a pilot program that they say could lead to more flexibility for truckers in terms of Hours of Service requirements.
    On August 28, FMCSA announced plans to seek public comment on a pilot program that will allow participating drivers to take one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than three hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift.
    The pilot program is scheduled to operate for no more than three years. At the end of the pilot program, FMCSA says that they’ll use the data gathered to determine whether to add the 14 hour driving window pause to current Hours of Service regulations.
    The pilot program announcement comes just one month before a number of long-awaited changes to Hours of Service regulations are set to go into effect on September 29, 2020, and just days before Mullen is set to step down from his role with the FMCSA at the end of August.
    https://cdllife.com/2020/fmcsa-consi...riving-window/

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    This concerns the new HOS rules.

    Safety groups, Teamsters challenge HOS rule in federal court
    Three safety groups and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are suing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in federal court in an effort to revoke changes to driver hours-of-service rules scheduled to go into effect on Sept. 29.
    Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT), Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH), and the Teamsters filed the petition Wednesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The petition notes that the FMCSA in August denied the group’s petition for reconsideration.
    “Under the guise of increased flexibility, the changes will further exacerbate the already well-known threat of fatigue among commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers by significantly weakening current HOS rules,” according to a statement issued by the groups, which are being represented by Public Citizen.
    “Specifically, provisions that ensured drivers receive a brief 30-minute break after being on duty for eight hours and that govern the operations of drivers who start and return to the same location and remain within a defined geographic area known as ‘short haul’ operations were significantly altered.”
    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/br...-federal-court

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    FMCSA is setting up a drivers panel to advise on a range of issues.

    Drivers getting new voice at FMCSA
    A group of 20-25 truck drivers will be providing direct feedback to federal regulators on safety issues ranging from hours of service (HOS) to truck parking.

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Friday that the new commercial driver panel subcommittee has been set up to inform the agency’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) with the goal of gaining a range of viewpoints and experiences among different sectors of the driver community, including drivers of straight trucks, agriculture haulers, and hazardous materials drivers.

    “The Department of Transportation and this administration believe in listening to our drivers and hearing their concerns directly,” commented FMCSA Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck.
    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/fm...o-safety-board

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    FMCSA has approved digital cameras to replace rear view mirrors.

    FMCSA approves swapping rear-vison mirrors for digital cameras
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has approved an exemption request to allow trucking companies to use a digital camera system in place of rear-vision mirrors.
    The FMCSA’s exemption request approval was published in the Federal Register on September 17.
    The waiver will allow Robert Bosch LLC and Mekra Lang North America LLC to equip trucks with a ‘CV Digital Mirror System’ in place of the two required rear-vision mirrors.
    https://cdllife.com/2020/fmcsa-appro...gital-cameras/

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    Comment period for the new "pause" in the 14 hour rule ends November 2.

    Comments roll in for 14-hour HOS pause
    The Federal Register has received more than 170 public comments as of Oct. 7, favorable and unfavorable, since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) originally requested public input on a pilot program that would create hours of service (HOS) regulatory relief. The program would allow participating drivers to pause their on-duty driving period with one off-duty period up to three hours. FMCSA has set the deadline for public comment for Nov. 2, the day before the 2020 presidential election.

    The Split Duty Period Pilot Program, which would allow drivers one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than three hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off duty at the end of the work shift.
    https://www.trucker.com/regulations/...hour-hos-pause

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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    This concerns the new HOS rules.

    Safety groups, Teamsters challenge HOS rule in federal court

    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/br...-federal-court
    Seems the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is opposing the lawsuit filed by the Teamsters over the HOS rule changes.

    Owner-operators opposing Teamsters in HOS lawsuit
    Small-business truckers want to make sure their voices are heard when a federal appeals court takes up a challenge to the recently amended hours-of-service (HOS) regulations.
    The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) on Friday filed a “motion to intervene” with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in support of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is defending its rule changes from the challenge filed in September by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and three safety groups.

    The Teamsters and the safety groups argue that FMCSA’s loosening of four HOS provisions — split sleeper-berth, 30-minute rest break, adverse driving conditions, and short-haul operations, which went into effect on Sept. 29 – will exacerbate driver fatigue and decrease safety.
    The court challenge did not prevent the rule changes from going into effect, but if it is eventually successful the court could order that the rule be set aside, according to a lawyer for the group.
    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/ow...in-hos-lawsuit

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    I placed this advisory here. The Transportation Security Administration has issued a waiver to extend your Haz-Mat endorsement.

    Hazmat endorsement renewal waiver extended
    Truck drivers whose hazardous materials endorsements have expired since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic may now have through the end of the year, at least, to renew the endorsement.

    The Transportation Security Administration published a notice Wednesday, Oct. 28, extending the renewal exemption through Dec. 31. It was previously set to expire Oct. 31 when it was extended at the end of July.

    “Federal partners, state licensing agencies and related associations report ongoing difficulties in timely renewal of expiring HMEs and asked TSA to consider extending the exemption until the end of calendar year 2020,” TSA said of its decision to extend the waiver.

    The waiver gives states the ability to extend the expiration date of hazmat endorsements that expire on or after March 1, 2020. If a state grants the extension, drivers with an expired hazmat endorsement must initiate the process of renewing their security threat assessment for the endorsement no later than 60 days before the end of the state-granted extension, TSA added.
    https://www.truckersnews.com/hazmat-...iver-extended/

 

 
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