June 2014

ATA pushing for exemption to 14-hour rule for extraction site haulers

The American Trucking Associations is seeking an exemption of certain federal hours of service rules for drivers who service oil and natural gas extraction sites, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is accepting public comment on the association's request.

The exemption allows "specially trained" drivers to exclude waiting time from the drivers' 14-hour on-duty period.

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The hours a truck driver may spend behind the wheel per day or work per week are a basic building block of any supply chain. Changes to the U.S. hours-of-service rules for truck drivers that took effect July 1 reduce weekly driving time for long-haul tractor-trailer operators. 

As drivers feel the the clock eating into miles, carriers will be pressured to increase pay to compensate and to keep drivers. Drivers may become even harder to hire and keep on staff. Shippers may have to adjust their supply chains and possibly pay higher rates.

There's no question that hours-of-service rules could affect everything from a driver's weekly paycheck to when a shipment can deliver. Cargo owners and carriers need to work closely together to keep supply chains running on time. 
Senate committee clears bill amendment to temporarily undo parts of HOS rule

A bill making its way through the Senate now includes an amendment to suspend some provisions of the hours-of-service rule changes implemented in July 2013 and require a study by the Department of Transportation.

If the bill becomes law, drivers will no longer be limited to taking one 34-hour restart in a 168-hour period and the restart will no longer have to include the two consecutive 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would also be required to conduct a field study in conjunction with the DOT's Inspector General to determine if the provisions are justified and report its findings to Congress.

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