FMCSA program delineates truck crash CSA, SMS reportability; codifies HOS

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s new Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) enables commercial motor vehicle drivers or owners to submit a Request for Data Review covering eligible events from August 2019 forward. By formally clarifying crash conditions or circumstances, it stands to bring greater accuracy and fairness to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) and Safety Measurement System (SMS) mechanisms for critiquing driver or carrier safety performance.

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Final FMCSA driver hours rule remains friendly to construction materials hauling

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

A final U.S. DOT rule updating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours of service (HOS) terms increases flexibility for the 30-minute break provision by requiring a work pause after eight hours of consecutive driving and allowing it to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off-duty status. Effective in August, the rule also changes the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening their maximum on duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which they can operate from 100 to 150 air miles.

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FMCSA proposal harmonizes mixer, dump, tanker driver hours terms

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Years of conferring with agency officials on how Hours of Service (HOS) rules profoundly affect ready mixed concrete supply chains, production and delivery have netted NRMCA staff and Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee members a welcome Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposal updating thresholds for drivers.

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Feds extend mixer truck driver hours exemption to concrete pump peers

Sources: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA); CP staff

American Concrete Pumping Association members have secured a five-year exemption from the FMCSA requirement that short-haul drivers utilizing the records of duty status exception return to their normal work reporting location within 12 hours of clocking in. It enables all concrete pump operators, pumping companies, and truck drivers who operate concrete pumps to use the short-haul exception but return to their work-reporting location within 14 hours.

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NRMCA publishes 2017 Hours of Service guide

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

NRMCA’s updated Compliance Guide for the Federal Drivers’ Hours of Service (HOS) addresses key aspects of new Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration rules, especially in light of ready mixed producer exemptions from 30-minute break and driver logging requirement extension to 14 hours.

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Feds make good on Hours of Service logging device mandate for truck drivers

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released on December 10 a long-awaited rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) to complete paper records of duty status for drivers’ Hours of Service (HOS) rule compliance. In a preliminary analysis of the 516-page document, NRMCA Government Affairs staff cites how provisions will encompass ready mixed concrete delivery:

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FMCSA grants mixer drivers two-year exemption from hours of service break rule

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

After 18-plus months of discussion between NRMCA representatives, federal lawmakers and agency staff, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is exempting concrete mixer truck drivers from the 30-minute break requirement in the current hours of service (HOS) guidelines. NRMCA Chairman Allen Hamblen (CalPortland) credits association members and staff for efforts leading to “much needed regulatory relief for the industry.”

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FMCSA to codifyshort-haul exemption for 30-minute break in HOS rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will not apply the provision under its revised hours of service (HOS) rule requiring drivers to take a 30-minute break for every eight hours of consecutive driving on short-haul routes, and will initiate a rulemaking to include text that effect in the rule.

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