Safety, science support sleep apnea testing

In the wake of Hours of Service rule exemptions, ready mixed producers are following Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) work-in-progress guidance on testing of drivers for risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The condition attends obesity and sees tissues around the upper respiratory tract relax and physically block the airway. The FMCSA Medical Review Board links the condition to daytime sleepiness, making truck drivers more accident prone.

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DOT considers rulemaking to address sleep apnea-prone truck drivers

Per National Transportation Safety Board recommendation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking through June 8 public input on the impacts of screening, evaluating and treating commercial motor vehicle drivers for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The agency poses 20 questions it deems will provide the necessary information before determining whether or not to pursue a proposed rule.

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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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From the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Government Affairs staff… Following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s ruling vacating the Hours of Service (HOS) 30-minute break for short-haulers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued guidance on exactly to whom the 30-minute break rule did not apply.

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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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Transportation chief streamlines vehicle inspection paperwork

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx cites a potential $1.7 billion savings for trucking interests from the proposed elimination of a daily paperwork burden tied to Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR).

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