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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. Formerly a part of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries. Activities of the Administration contribute to ensuring safety in motor carrier operations through strong enforcement of safety regulations; targeting high-risk carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers; improving safety information systems and commercial motor vehicle technologies; strengthening commercial motor vehicle equipment and operating standards; and increasing safety awareness.

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Hours of Service (HOS) How Familiar Are You?
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Hours of Service (HOS) How Familiar Are You? Pre-recorded webinar

How familiar are you with Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) HOS Rules and Regulations? The FMCSA has updated the HOS section of their website to include a pre-recorded webinar titled “Hours of Service: How Familiar Are You?” The Hours of Service regulations address the number of hours that a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver may be on the road and the number of hours a CMV driver may be on duty before a required period of rest. The regulation also addresses the minimum amount of time that must be reserved for rest and the total number of hours a driver may be on duty in a “work-week.”

In this pre-recorded webinar, FMCSA’s subject matter expert Tom Yager, Chief of the Driver and Carrier Operations Division and Peter Chandler, Lead Transportation Specialist in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Passenger Carrier Division, provide an overview of the hours of service regulation and hours of service exemptions.

The pre-recorded webinar addresses the following topics:

  1. Purpose of the Hours of Service Rules and Regulations
  2. Applicability
  3. Drivers’ Responsibilities
  4. Carriers’ Responsibilities
  5. Property Carrier Hours of Service Driving Time Limits
  6. Passenger Carrier Hours of Service Driving Time Limits
  7. Acceptable Recording Methods
  8. Important Dates and Deadlines for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)
  9. Limited Exceptions to the Hours of Service Rules and Regulations

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To view the webinar recording please click here.

To visit the FMCSA Hours of service site please click here.

FMCSA - Motor Carrier Safety Research Analysis Committee Letter
This letter conveys the results of the first meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety Research Analysis Committee, held on December 15-16, 2016, at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington D.C.

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FMCSA Issues Safety Advisory for Electronic Smoking Devices in or Around Vehicles
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is issuing a Safety Advisory to provide notice and information to owners and operators of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) concerning incidents that have occurred relating to the possession and use of battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices [e.g., e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems] and the transportation safety risks associated with the use of these devices.

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