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DOT Gives Up on Hours of Service Rules for Short-Haul Drivers

Last Monday, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final regulation codifying a federal appellate court decision invalidating the agency’s attempt to impose hours of service...more

Infrastructure Alert - October 1, 2013

As Congress has now failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund most federal operations, a government shutdown began this morning, the beginning of the federal government’s 2014 fiscal year. While exceptions are made for...more

New Trucking Hours-of-Service Estimated to Save Lives and Reduce Driver Fatigue

Changes to truck drivers’ hours-of-service regulations went into effect at the beginning of July. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration invoked the changes to reduce driver...more

New Hours-of-Service Regulations Effective Today, July 1, 2013

Legal Alert: The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that new federal regulations designed to reduce truck driver fatigue took full effect today, July 1, 2013. ...more

Ban on Hand-Held Cell Phone Use for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers—What Employers Should Know

As the number of smartphones sold in the United States and worldwide overtakes sales of so-called ordinary cells phones, more Americans are using these devices while driving....more

FMSCA Will Begin to Use a New Method to Calculate the Threshold Crash Rate and Driver, Vehicle, and Hazardous Materials (HM) and...

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMSCA) reports that a notice of amendment was published in the Federal Register explaining the details of a new methodology that they will use in order to calculate the threshold...more

Congress Passes New Transportation Funding Bill

MAP-21 has been signed into law. The U.S Congress passed the immense new transportation bill that mandates many new provisions affecting motor carrier safety. One of the most important provisions being that all interstate bus...more

Court Schedules Arguments on FMCSA's New Hours of Service Rule on March 15, 2013 [Video]

In December of 2011, FMCSA rolled out its new Hour of Service Rule to take effect in July of 2013. It will maintain current daily and weekly drive time limits, but there will be a modification to the 34 hour restart...more

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