Trucking Rules Relaxed

March 17, 2020

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Trucking Rules Relaxed

For the last 70 years, “if you bought it a truck probably brought it.”

And during all that time there has been a close association between bikers and truckers.

The two, not entirely separate, worlds would meet in truck stops across the country over coffee. And sometimes, a little business might be done. It is a cliché absed in truth. There is a natural alliance between truckers and bikers,.Driving a big rig across the country is long and lonely work. The reality of moving a load of, say, toilet paper cross country typically involves sitting behind a steering wheel for 18 or 20 hours, struggling to stay awake and alert to the common enemy, the police. When bikers and truckers met, for years, a trucker might ask a biker if had “a little somethin,” by which he meant whites, beans or crank and a little weed to take the edge off.

That doesn’t happen nearly as much as it used to for a plethora of reasons. One of them is that about five years ago the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began enforcing Hours of Service Regulations that were intended to make sharing the road with a long haul driver a safer experience. In a nutshell, ldrivers were “allowed a period of 14 consecutive hours in which to drive up to 11 hours after being off duty for 10 or more consecutive hours.”

Now thanks to the Coronavirus panic, those rules have gone out the window.

On March 13, the Department of Transportaion issued a mostly ignored press release titled “National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles Delivering Relief in Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak.”

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It announced:

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This declaration is the first time FMCSA has issued nation-wide relief and follows President Trump issuing of a national emergency declaration in response to the virus.”

“‘Because of the decisive leadership of President Trump and Secretary Chao, this declaration will help America’s commercial drivers get these critical goods to impacted areas faster and more efficiently. FMCSA is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak and stands ready to use its authority to protect the health and safety of the American people,’ said FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen. “
FMCSA’s declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:
“Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.

“Supplies and equipment, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants, necessary for healthcare worker, patient and community safety, sanitation, and prevention of COVID-19 spread in communities.

“Food for emergency restocking of stores.

“Equipment, supplies and persons necessary for establishment and management of temporary housing and quarantine facilities related to COVID-19.
“Persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for transport for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes.

“Personnel to provide medical or other emergency services.

“To ensure continue safety on the nation’s roadways, the emergency declaration stipulates that once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the driver must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers.”

Toilet paper didm’t make the list of vcital supplies. Watch your six.

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5 Responses to “Trucking Rules Relaxed”

  1. jrino Says:

    This may not be a “60 minutes” crowd but they already have autonomous trucks on the road, they don’t need to sleep so they remain on the road for longer hours, and at designated truck stops they are filled buy attendants so they make better time, and the DOT is behind on determining actual regulation. So these “test” vehicles may be in service by 2021

  2. Bones Says:

    So how many other rules and regulations have the government eased the we haven’t seen reported by MSM? How many more things will they change in the name of a pandemic? It’s a slippery slope. If they’re ok with making our roads and an industry less safe, they’re ok with taking away more rights from us too. And the sheeple will see no problems with it because “drastic times call for drastic measures”, if they even know what it is they’re losing

  3. Slickback_Civilian Says:

    I’m laying here all f’d up from ALS, listening to Little Feet and reading ‘The Stand’. According to the Veterans Today website we(the Deep State)started it and it’s to cover up the fact the US is bankrupt as of 2/15…go figure. The farther from a technocentric existence you are, the better you’ll be. This may NOT be ‘it’, but it could be the start, so many war games start this way

  4. ed Says:

    On ramp visitation….

  5. Sieg Says:

    Damn…now if they’d just relax the rules on whites for $20 a hundred…

    FTF / FTP
    TOSIAR

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