An omnibus spending bill is to come up in congress this week and it is expected to have the Collins Amendment attached to it. The Collins amendment might be considered controversial for lawmakers but has many in the trucking industry fighting to include it.
The Collins Amendment
The Collins Amendment would eliminate the requirements that a truck operator’s hours restart include two 1am to 5am period.
It would suspend the once-per week limit of the use of the restart.
Require the FMCSA to provide stronger justifications to mandate restart provisions.
The Trucking Industry Rallies
The Collins amendment is being advocated by many trucking groups like the American Trucking Association (ATA), the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA), and the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) to name a few. OOIDA added data from a membership survey that showed 46% of operators felt more fatigued after the new rule took effect and 65% are making less since the new rule. They are asking its members to send letters to their congressmen.
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The hours of service rule requiring all drivers to take a 30 minute break within their first 8 hours of on-duty is being challenged by the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association. The SC&RA is asking the FMCSA for an exemption for oversized and overweight loads. Explaining that oversized and overweight loads need special permits that limit when they can actually drive. The required 30 minute break usually falls within the limited hours of transportation allowed by these permits. The SC&RA also discussed the safety issues that have materialized with having to take these breaks. With these larger loads it is hard to find a place to park and has resulted in oversized loads parking along highways and exits. The exemption would only apply to carriers with said permits.
The current rule is that drivers who use the sleeper berth must take at least 8 consecutive hours in the berth and two separate consecutive hours either in or out of the berth. This is a very firm rule with no flexibility, therefore the American Trucking Association and other industry groups are asking the FMCSA to consider altering said rule. The FMCSA has been working on this pilot program for a year now but finally looks to be coming along. The FMCSA is testing the hypothesis that “greater flexibility will reduce driver fatigue.” How will the Sleeper Pilot Program work?
Sleeper Pilot Program
- Goals to collect data from 200 drivers
- 50 small carriers w 50 trucks
- 50 medium carriers w up to 500 trucks
- 50 large carriers
- 25 owner operated
- 25 team drivers
These drivers will be trained at the North American Fatigue Management Program and will be tracked with onboard monitoring systems and their sleep patterns will be tracked with actigraph watches. More data on safe driving will also be collected.
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LoadSmart knows the reality of the trucking industry and falsifying logs. Although it is currently the reality it is not right to the driver. It needs to evolve or hours of service will continue to correlate with another huge issue which is driver shortage. We need to fix the trucking industries model. For more information on the drivers accusation of a topic that we know is all over the trucking industry, falsifying logs go to NBC>>
This is the 10th year of the American Transportation Research Institute’s list. Hours of Service is at the top of the list. However, although more trucking industry stakeholders addressed it as an issue overall, more people considered the driver shortage to be the top issue. This survey is given to 4,000 trucking industry stakeholders, 70% being carriers and 30% driver.
The Top 10 trucking industry concerns
- Hours of Service
- Driver Shortage
- Driver Retention
- ELD Mandate
- Truck Parking
- Infrastructure/Congestion/ Funding
- Driver Health/Wellness
- Driver Distraction