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27 12, 2011

When Does HOS Go Into Effect?

As the new hours of service regulations have now been revealed the immediate question is “When will they go into effect?” For most of the regulations, that is a fairly easy question to answer — usually 60 Days after the Final Rule is published in the Federal Register. But this is Hours of Service — you didn’t think it would be that easy did you? […]

27 12, 2011

New Hours of Service Rules Revealed

Almost a year to the date that they first published the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning the newest version of the Hours of Service regulations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has revealed the Final Rule. This has come after a year of commenting, wrangling and lawsuits all of which have contributed to a heavily altered version of the 2010 proposal appearing in the 2011 Final Rule. Given the turmoil that surrounded the proposal this is probably not surprising. Also not surprising given that FMCSA was being pulled by two separate groups (Carriers vs. Safety Advocates), the rules are unlikely to please everybody. […]

7 06, 2011

FMCSA Seeks to Tweak Intermodal Inspection Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing to delete the requirement for no-defect driver-vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) for intermodal equipment. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) came as no surprise to regular readers of the Federal Register. Just last month, FMCSA announced that it was delaying until June 30, 2012 the implementation date of the rule requiring drivers to file and intermodal equipment providers to maintain driver-vehicle inspection reports when no defects are uncovered. The implementation delay was to make room for the revision. […]

11 05, 2011

PHMSA Extends Comment Period on Cargo Tank Loading, Unloading Proposal

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has extended the comment period on its Cargo Tank Loading and Unloading Operations proposal by 30 days. All comments are now due by June 9, 2011. PHMSA’s proposal seeks to reduce safety risks associated with transferring hazardous materials between a holding facility and the truck transporting it. According to PHMSA data, tank loading and unloading is the most dangerous part of transporting hazardous materials by cargo tank motor vehicles, with most incidents resulting from human error and/or equipment failure. […]

9 05, 2011

FMCSA Reopens Hours-of-Service Commenting Period

Breaking News: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced late on Friday that they would re-open the hours-of-service commenting period.  FMCSA issued a notice in the Federal Register announcing that comments are due by June 8, 2011. FMCSA reopened commenting in order for it to garner opinions on four studies related to driver fatigue. The four studies can be found below. This is a late-breaking news story, we will provide more information when it becomes available. […]

2 05, 2011

PHMSA Proposes Hand-Held Cell-Phone Ban

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is once again following in the rulemaking footsteps of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). On April 29, PHMSA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register that seeks to ban certain PHMSA-regulated drivers from using a hand-held mobile phone. The proposal applies to drivers transporting quantities of hazardous materials requiring placarding under 49 CFR Part 172 or any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73 in intrastate commerce. PHMSA is asking that interested parties submit their comments by June 28, 2011. Be sure to include docket number PHMSA-2010-0227 on your official comments. […]

16 03, 2011

PHMSA Seeks to Amend Cargo Tank Loading, Unloading Rule

The latest proposal from the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) seeks to reduce safety risks associated with transferring hazardous materials between a holding facility and the truck transporting it. According to PHMSA data, tank loading and unloading is the most dangerous part of transporting hazardous materials by cargo tank motor vehicles, with most incidents resulting from human error and/or equipment failure. To improve safety, PHMSA seeks to require each carrier and facility that engages in cargo tank loading and unloading operations to perform a risk assessment and develop safe operating procedures based on the results of the assess­ment. The agency is also proposing mandatory training and evaluation for each employee involved in the cargo tank loading and unloading process.  Specific requirements outlined in the proposal include: […]

16 02, 2011

How to Participate in Thursday’s Hours of Service Listening Session

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has just released detailed information on how to participate in Thursday’s public listening session on the proposed Hours of Service changes. The event, which is being held at the Crowne Plaza in Arlington, Va., will be broadcast live from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. FMCSA is offering four different ways for interested parties to join the public listening session. Options include: […]

31 01, 2011

EOBRs for All?

Today the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require interstate commercial truck and bus companies to install electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) to monitor their drivers’ hours-of-service (HOS) compliance. This wide-sweeping proposal is expected to impact approximately 500,000 carriers, according to DOT estimates. The agency will give carriers three years after the effective date to comply with the forthcoming rule. In the NPRM, FMCSA is proposing that all interstate carriers who currently use Records of Duty (RODS) logbooks to document drivers’ HOS be required to use EOBRs.  Carriers found to be in violation of the EOBR requirement would face civil penalties of up to $11,000 for each offense. Noncompliance would also negatively impact a carrier’s safety fitness rating and could put their DOT operating authority at risk. The requirement would not apply to short-haul interstate carriers who use timecards to document HOS compliance. […]

28 01, 2011

FMCSA Announces February 17th Hours-of-Service Listening Session

Carriers and drivers with something to say about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Hours-of-Service (HOS) proposal will have another way to get their message across to agency officials. FMCSA has just announced that it will hold an HOS public listening session on February 17, 2011 in Arlington, Va. The following details of the upcoming session were released by FMCSA this morning: […]