4 Jun 15

Trucking HOS rules are up in the air again. Drivers were finally cut some slack back in December when the most unpopular part of the 2013 hours-of-service bill was rolled back, namely the part that required a driver’s 34-hour restart include two periods between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM. 

A DOT funding bill that would make the rollback permanent cleared the U.S. House of Representatives by 6 votes earlier this month, but it’s still got a couple of big hurdles.

For one, it's still got to pass in the Senate. And even if it does that, there's worry that the President Obama might veto the bill

All this is happening after a recent report by the American Transportation Research Institute that said that the stricter HOS rules made roads less safe. The restart rule was meant to force truckers to drive less at night with the idea that drivers would be less tired, but more trucks on the road during peak traffic hours led to more crashes.
Motor carrier accidents increased in 2013 and 2014, when the new HOS rules were in place. Crash numbers from FMCSA.

More Good News for Truckers?

If the current bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by the President, it would also block the FMCSA from increasing the minimum amount of liability insurance carriers are required to have. The FMCSA had plans to raise the current minimum of $750,000 for general freight to anywhere from $1.6 million to $3.2 million.

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Eddie collier
Eddie collier

Thats what you get when you have idiots making laws on trucking co. that have never been in anything bigger than a limo and have a Government body guard drive them around everywhere they go. These people have nothing to do but set up there and make like they earn their pay. All of these divisions need to be closed down .I agree with safety unit and insp. But dont tell a driver when he can sleep and drive.nobodys the same.!!!!!

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The Country needs our trucking industry to heal our economy. With rules becoming stricter and costs going up. Drivers won't help the economy grow. We have to eat too. The driver shortage will cost more each year. Stopping crashes requires fines for motorists who drive dangerously around trucks. No more tail gating, cutting heavy trucks off. Stop all tailgaters and your chart will go down.

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Mike Johnston
Mike Johnston

They keep blaming trucks for the accidents. Let's put forward facing camras the upload to a iTunes site so everyone can see the idiots ot here with us

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If the Driver Cousel recruited some independent drivers for Feed back and answers they won't look like asses when it back fires ,legislation is bias to the small business man ,I've be struggling since 1989 still adjusting to their individual opportunity gane monies and fame from the Trucking Giants!! ¡

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