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“Highway Hypnosis” blamed for deadly New York Commuter Train Derailment

          The New York Times reported yesterday that the engineer operating the Metro-North Railroad train that derailed this past weekend claimed to have been dazed and zoned out in the moments before the derailment, suffering from “Highway Hypnosis”. “Highway Hypnosis” is a form of fatigued driving where  drivers minds are lulled by the monotonous routines …

FMCSA will not enforce 30 minute rest provision against short haul drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced this week that consistent with the August 2, 2013 U.S. Court of Appeals decision, it will immediately cease enforcement of the 30 minute rest break provision against short haul drivers. While the court decision does not take effect until 52 days or more after the decision, the …

Fatigue Management Program Module 3 (part 3 & 4) – Truck Driver Health, Sleep and Alertness

This is a summary of the third and fourth lessons of Module 3 of the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP). This lesson analyzes the components of sleep and alertness. Lessons 3 and 4: Health and wellness is important for truck drivers and includes proper nutrition, exercise, sleep, positive relationships and other positive behaviors. To …

Hours of Service Regulations Upheld; A Decade of Court Battles Finally Over?

The Hours of Service battle in the courts has been going on for a decade. Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. upheld the bulk of the new HOS regulations. The court wrote that “the third time’s a charm,” referencing the fact that this court had overturned the regulations twice in the past. The …

Trucking Industry Urges Delay in Implementation of New Hours of Service Rules

This week, trucking executives urged The U.S. House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit to delay the new hours of service rules scheduled to go into effect July 1 of this year. Trucking safety advocates view the new rules, including taking a half an hour break after 8 hours driving, as necessary to combat driver fatigue. …

FMCSA Publishes New Hours of Service Visor Card

This visor card summarizes the hours of service rules and compares the current rule with the changes that will go into effect July 1, 2013. One of the biggest changes is that drivers must take a 30 minute off duty or sleeper berth break after 8 hours. Also, drivers can only use one 34 hour …

More News on the Trucking Industry’s Adoption of ELDs

I often hear trucking companies and truck drivers complain that electronic logging devices don’t leave room to accommodate real-life driving situations. When I hear comments like that, I interpret it to mean, “ELDs keep me from being able to fudge my log books.” Like it or not, ELDs are taking a foothold. Trucking industry studies …

Who will be Secretary LaHood’s replacement?

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced his resignation from President Obama’s Cabinet earlier this week. LaHood will be remembered largely for advances in airline safety and consumer rights, such as introducing new pilot fatigue guidelines and imposing fines for passengers stuck on airplanes during tarmac delays. At the same time, LaHood refused to roll-back the hours …

High-Tech Gadgets Help Truckers Comply with HOS Regulations

Similar to how companies like Apple long ago put our music collections on our cell phones, other tech-based businesses have made huge strides in simplifying life for truck drivers and the carriers that monitor their driving patterns. GPS technology has become a standard tool of the road for drivers everywhere, guiding people to points all …

Truck Driver Break Laws at Issue in Federal Appeals Court

Anybody with a connection to the commercial trucking industry should pay careful attention to a pending federal appeals court ruling concerning California’s law on truck driver breaks. Whichever ruling the court hands down has the potential to send ripples across the trucking industry nationwide. At issue is California’s meal- and rest-break law, which mandates that …

EOBR Saga Hits Another Snag in the US House

The debate over a governmental mandate calling for all commercial trucks to be equipped with Electronic On-Board Recorders ran into another obstacle recently when the House of Representatives approved a bill that would block funding for any such measure. The bill, spearheaded by Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.), adds more distance between EOBRs and the increased …

Senate Bill MAP-21 Pushes Trucking Safety Provisions

In a scaled-down transportation bill that targets $109 billion over two years, the U.S. Senate passed MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) by a vote of 74-22. With it comes a number of trucking safety provisions that will reduce truck accidents on our highways by influencing the ways in which drivers and …

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