Drug Testing, Hours-of-Service Reform Key Trucking Issues in 2019

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Drug Testing, Hours-of-Service Reform Key Trucking Issues in 2019

Regulation remains a key concern of the trucking industry, with issues such as drug testing job applicants, modifying the rules on how long truckers can drive in a day, and digital monitoring of more drivers topping the concerns of drivers and employers.

HOURS-OF-SERVICE REFORMS

Mark Montague of DAT (Photo: DAT)

Drivers who complain about ELDs really are upset with hours-of-service regulations, Montague said.

The FMCSA last year hosted industry meetings that led to an announcement of proposed changes in hours-of-service rules. The agency received more than 5,200 public comments.

The recent partial shutdown of the federal government stalled progress in developing new rules, including the possible elimination of a 30-minute rest break after eight hours of driving. The FMCSA also sought ideas on how to divide the required 10-hour sleep break for long-haul drivers.

“I think there will be changes but not the dramatic changes many hope for,” said Joe Rajkovacz, director of government affairs at the Western States Trucking Association.

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