We've Got Stars in Our Eyes!

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Yes, we've got stars in our eyes: four and five stars. That's the kind of reviews that we're getting for our latest release, BUMPER TO BUMPER ® Easy CDL, an app for the iPhone.

Easy CDL recaps all the topics that applicants must study to pass the Commercial Driver's License Test, including the Endorsements, and offers 430 practice multiple-choice test questions. The answers to the test questions are included in the app as are explanations as to why those answers are correct. According to reviewers, the audio "lecture" that accompanies each of the 13 units makes prepping for the CDL tests more enjoyable. It's a great supplement to a formal training program. Students at even the best truck driving schools might appreciate a little extra review and opportunities to practice with the sample test questions  so we've attached a poster about it. Download the poster and hang it in the classroom to let your students know about this resource. And it's a great tool for CDL holders who want to add Endorsements to their license.

BUMPER TO BUMPER ® Easy CDL is for the iPhone, the iPod and the iPad. Look for BUMPER TO BUMPER ® Easy CDL in the iTunes store or go to Study By App on the Internet. We'd love to hear your reactions and, like others who have downloaded the app, you can also leave your comments right on the iTunes Easy CDL page.

We also wrote another short "how to" story about testing trailer brakes for We'll be doing more stories like this in the future.

If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the above, don't hesitate to call us at 361-749-4007 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." ' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy71758 + '\'>'+addy_text71758+'<\/a>'; //--> . Check our Web site, or our blog at Just go to the Free Stuff page and click on the orange-and-white RSS Feed logo to subscribe. You can leave comments or suggestions there, too. And, follow us on Twitter at for updates.

HOS Proposal Finally Hits the Federal Register

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Carriers, drivers and other interested parties have until February 28 to submit their comments on FMCSA’s proposed revisions to the Hours-of-Service rules.

Safety advocates and big industry associations started weighing in on FMCSA’s new Hours of Service (HOS) proposal shortly after the preview copy appeared on the agency’s website on December 23. Now it’s your turn to get involved in the conversation.

FMCSA’s HOS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) hit the Federal Register on Wednesday and for 60 days (until February 28, 2011) the agency is accepting comments that could help shape the final rule. In this issue we will be discussing the highlights of FMCSA’s proposal. Please send an email request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like us to send you a PDF copy of the proposed rule.

Driving Time Question Remains Unanswered

The long wait for the Hours-of-Service NPRM may be over, but the driving time question remains. In its proposal, FMCSA is recommending limiting drivers to either 10 or 11 hours of driving time after at least 10 consecutive hours off duty. Currently, the agency said, it is leaning toward reducing drive time to 10 hours. The only good news here is that the 9-hour driving limit, which was discussed as a possibility, appears to be off the table.

To help determine the driving time mandated in the forthcoming HOS rule, FMCSA is seeking data on fatigue-related crashes, the economic impact of a 10-hour vs. 11-hour driving limit, and how much driving is actually done between the 10th and 11th hours.

Proposal Adjusts Driving Window

The agency is proposing a standard driving window of 14 hours. Therefore, if the proposal becomes a final rule drivers will have 14 hours after coming on duty to complete their 10 or 11 hours of driving (depending on which driving limit FMCSA settles on).

If you think that seems too simple for a Federal regulation, you may have a future at FMCSA. The agency has also proposed to limit the actual on-duty time during that 14-hour driving window to 13 hours of onduty time. As such, drivers will be required to take at least one hour of break time during the standard driving window.

In another interesting twist, FMCSA is proposing an option that would allow drivers to extend their daily shift twice a week. Any time worked over 14 hours would count as an extension. As proposed, the extension does not extend a driver’s 13 hours of duty time. Any driver who would want to take advantage of the 16th hour would need to take 3 hours of off-duty time during the standard driving window. The definition of on-duty is being tweaked to allow drivers to count some of the time spent parked in their trucks as offduty hours.

Mandatory Breaks for Drivers

The proposal also introduces a 30-minute break requirement for drivers. Upon reaching the 7th hour after coming on duty, the driver may remain on-duty, but cannot resume driving without taking a 30-minute break. For example, a driver who opts to take a half-hour break 4 hours after coming on duty will need take another break no later than 11.5 hours after coming on duty to continue driving.

New Limits to the 34-Hour Restart

FMCSA is also proposing two new limits to the 34-hour restart. The goal of these changes is to reduce safety and health impacts that result from long weekly hours, according to the agency.

First, any 34-hour or longer period used as a restart must include two consecutive off-duty periods from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. This requirement is less of an issue for daytime drivers since their schedules allow them to get two nights of sleep in a 34-hour period. However, a driver with a night-time driving schedule would be required to spend an extra day off duty to meet the restart requirement and maintain their night-time driving schedule. The issue, according to FMCSA, is that night shift workers have a tendency to switch to a regular night-time sleeping schedule during their days off. As a result, many night drivers are only getting one night of restorative rest before beginning a new “work week.”

The second limit would allow drivers to begin only one restart during a 7-day period. So, regardless of when they meet their maximum driving time for a given week, they will not be able to begin their 34-hour restart until 168 hours after the previous restart. Imagine a driver ends a work week and begins the 34-hour restart at 6 p.m. on Friday. The earliest he could return to duty would be Sunday at 6 a.m., and the earliest he could begin the next restart would be 6 p.m. the following Friday. If the driver runs out of weekly hours at 3 p.m. on Friday, he cannot include the time between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. as part of his 34-hour restart. The three hours would simply be counted as off-duty time.

How to Comment

FMCSA is currently accepting comments online at as well as via fax, mail and hand delivery. Be sure to include the docket number (FMCSA–2004–19608) on all comments. Also, indicate the specific section of the NPRM that the comment addresses as well as the reasoning behind each comment or suggestion. All comments will be posted at

Editor: Roxanne Swidrak, Vice President, Operations • 1-800-253-5506 • • Vol. 110, No. 667 • © Foley Carrier Services, LLC. 2010


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California delays diesel emission rules till 2014

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The state's construction and trucking industries will get more time to comply with stringent new diesel emissions regulations.

Citing the sluggish economy, the California Air Resources Board on Friday voted unanimously to push back the implementation of the new rules by four years to 2014.

"What the board was trying to do today is to balance the needs of our citizens for cleaner air … and to come up with something that provided meaningful relief to an industry that has been hard hit," said Mary Nichols, the board's chairwoman.

The rules require businesses to retrofit existing trucks, bulldozers, front loaders and other heavy equipment to lower diesel emissions.

The delay was opposed by environmental groups and clean-tech advocates, but the trucking and building industries applauded the board's decision.

Michael Kennedy, general counsel for the Associated General Contractors of America, said... Read more

Rule to Ban Hand-Held Cell Phone Use

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WASHINGTON - As part of its campaign to put an end to the practice of distracted driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation today proposed a new safety regulation that would specifically prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

"Every time a commercial truck or bus driver takes his or her eyes off the road to use a cell phone, even for a few seconds, the driver places everyone around them at risk," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  "This proposed rule will go a long way toward keeping a driver's full attention focused on the road."  

FMCSA Launches New Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program

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12/13/2010 - FMCSA Launches New Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program for Commercial Trucks and Buses

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today took a major step toward improving commercial truck and bus safety with the launch of the Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program.

The centerpiece of CSA is the Safety Measurement System (SMS), which will analyze all safety-based violations from inspections and crash data to determine a commercial motor carrier’s on-road performance. The new safety program will allow FMCSA to reach more carriers earlier and deploy a range of corrective interventions to address a carrier’s specific safety problems.

ATA recently launched

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From:  Dave Osiecki,  Sr VP of Policy & Regulatory Affairs, American Truckig Assoications

HOS Coalition Members:

I’m pleased to inform you that ATA recently launched – a new website designed to serve two purposes.

First, the new site is intended to educate the press and the public on the remarkable highway safety performance of the trucking industry over the last seven years—the same period trucking has operated under the revised HOS rules. The site includes safety facts and statistics, much of it in easy to read charts and graphs, showing the industry’s dramatic safety improvement since 2004 when the revised HOS rules first became effective.

The second purpose of the site is to provide easy-to-use tools and resources for the trucking and transportation industries (i.e., drivers, carriers, shippers, etc.) to help the industry actively engage in the upcoming HOS rulemaking process. In the face of trucking’s remarkable safety progress since 2004, the Obama Administration will be proposing politically-motivated changes to the HOS rules that will in some way reduce driver and industry productivity. Details of the Obama Administration’s proposed changes will be uploaded on shortly after they become available – which should be in the next few weeks. The Obama Administration proposal might be made public just in time for the holiday – this Administration’s attempt to put some coal in the industry’s stockings.

I encourage you to check out, and bookmark it for future use. ATA will be leading the industry’s campaign to retain the current and safe HOS rules, and this new website will be one of ATA’s primary tools to support the campaign.  Stay tuned!

Dave O.

Dave Osiecki
ATA Sr VP of Policy & Regulatory Affairs