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September 2019

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14 | Overdrive | September 2019 Owner-operators and others took the mic before top regulators during a public listening session Aug. 23 in Dallas on proposed hours of service changes. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Ray Martinez and other agency officials conducted the two-hour session on the notice of proposed rulemaking at the Great American Trucking Show, a day after the 45-day comment period began. Though the subject of split sleeper berth provisions was a common talking point among those who com- mented, it was another split that drew more attention — the ability to divide the required 30-minute break. "At my age, driving down the road, I'm not going to be able to drive [long] without stopping to use the restroom," said owner-operator Rich McCormick of the 30-minute break. "If I had two [15-minute breaks], I could still stop and be able to stretch and walk around." It's not efficient to take short breaks, he said, then "when I get close to the eight hours, I have to take another 30-minute break to satisfy" the regulations. Lewie Pugh, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said members would like no required 30-minute break. "If it's not going away, why can't [drivers] break that up into two 15-minute breaks or a 10 and a 20? With ELDs, you can clock every single, solitary second." Pugh also noted that the potential three-hour pause in the 14-hour duty period and the proposed adverse driving conditions on-duty extension could put a driver's day close to 20 hours. Longtime Landstar owner- operator Gary Buchs posed concerns about potential abuse of the adverse driving conditions proposal by some. The second listening session will be in September in Washington, D.C., at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters. The date hadn't been announced at press time. The com- ment period ends Oct. 7. — James Jaillet Truckers kick off hours comment period N E W S Candace Marley was among driv- ers at a listening session calling for the ability to split the required break into two or three segments. "I need to move my legs every couple hours and not have to worry about that 30-minute break, too," she told FMCSA officials. Taylor Barker, an owner-operator from Kingsport, Tennessee, won the 2019 Overdrive-Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search contest after a live finale Aug. 23 at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Barker receives $1,000 and a recording session in Nashville, Tennessee. The other finalists were Ken Freeman of Centreville, Mississippi, a company driver for Transport Service Co., and Jason Henley of Jemison, Alabama, who drives for Indigo Fluids. — Overdrive Staff Nominations are now open in contests choosing the best drivers in North America. The Truckload Carriers Association and Overdrive are seeking the Owner-Operator of the Year, while Truckers News and TCA want to find the Company Driver of the Year. Both contests are sponsored by Love's Travel Stops and Cummins Inc. The winners of each contest will be announced at TCA's annual convention, March 1-3 in Kissimmee, Florida. The top owner-operator and company driver each win $25,000. The runners-up get $2,500 each. Criteria for the awards are safety, enhancement of trucking's image and community contributions. Nominations may be made online at Truckload.org/ doy through Nov. 15. The website lists eligibility criteria. — Overdrive Staff Entries sought for top owner- operator, company driver Taylor Barker, who's leased to Heniff Transport, will be featured in the November Overdrive. TENNESSEE TRUCKER WINS TALENT SEARCH James Jaillet James Jaillet

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