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In the News
BREAKING NEWS: FMCSA publishes final HOS rule & again; Dumps split sleeper
Passenger Service: State troopers ride-along with truckers in crash study
Know a truck hero? Pass it on to Goodyear

Cabotage Rules
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) describes what Canadian drivers can and cannot do while operating in the United States.

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Cargo Securement Driver's Handbook

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has produced a driver's handbook to assist in understanding and compliance with the North American Cargo Securement Standard.

Download your copy here.

Northern Exposure
One veteran driver's rookie adventure hauling on ice roads.
Life and Family

Dry me a River
Air dryers are smaller and more efficient than ever, and they're very application-specific.
Doing Your Job

Decision Time
Smart spec'ing is the difference between what you want and what you need.

The Other Log:


1 0-11 - Expedite Pride Truck Show. Expedite trucks only. Woodhaven, Mi. See www.expediteexpo.com or www.nastshowtrucks.org .

13 - Quebec Provincial Driving Championships. CFTR, Saint-Jerome, Que. Call Quebec Trucking Association at 800-361-5813 or see www.carrefour-acq.org .

18-21 - Road America Truck Show. Truck-Lite Trophy Series at Elkhart Lake, Wis. Call 8563-6051608 See www.nastshowtrucks.org .

25-27 - Great American Trucking Show. Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Tex. Call 888-349-4287 or see www.gatsonline.com .

26-28 - Trucker's Funfest 2004. Teeswater Fairgrounds, Teeswater, Ont. Call 519-392-6353.

28-Sept. 1 - Brake Safety Awareness Week 2005. Sponsored by CVSA and your local ministry of transport. Specific dates and locations TBA. See www.cvsa.org .

Full Events Listing

highwaySTAR Careers: Careers for Drivers

[Aug. 19/05]
The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has changed the minimum off-duty requirements of the split-sleeper provision from two hours to eight hours, effectively dumping the popular split-sleeper provision. FMCSA was required to come up with a new rule after the 2003 'final rule' was thrown out by a Washington, D.C. circuit court in July 2004.

Administrator, Annette M. Sandberg said at a press conference August 19 that the rules for over-theŭroad drivers would remain unchanged (11 hours of driving, maximum 14 hours on-duty, 10 hours off) except that driver will be required to take a minimum of eight (8) hours off-duty in one single interval. Ten total off-duty hours are still required, but drivers may take the additional two hours off at their discretion ŭ much the same as the proposed Canadian rules will allow.

The change effectively eliminates a driver's ability to drive and sleep in rotating short intervals. Instead, drivers will be allowed to take breaks of up to two hours within their 14-hour workday without compromising available working hours. We'll have a complete analysis of the 2005 final rule in our October issue. The rule takes effect Oct. 1, with a transition period extending to Dec. 31, 2005.
Jim Park

CAT Scale