Confused about the new hours of service rules starting Jan.
4, 2004? Not sure how they will change the way you drive? Looking for some
answers without wading through the entire federal regs?
With the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol, the Ol'
Blue USA Web site now provides an easy-to-use, straightforward presentation of
the new HOS rules, complete with sample logbook pages at http://www.cdlSafety.org.
The 35-page Flash presentation on the HOS changes was
compiled by the Nebraska State Patrol from its own files and from federal
sources, and made available to Ol' Blue USA. With the assistance of Sgt. Jim
Brokaw and with the permission of Col. Tom Nesbitt from the Nebraska State
Patrol and FMCSA, the Ol' Blue USA Web site now provides the information.
The slideshow loads fast and is easy to navigate. It's also
easy to update – and this could become a concern as the Jan. 4, 2004, kickoff
date nears and the rules are still being interpreted.
In addition to the slideshow, the Web page includes links to
detailed federal regs in PDF and HTML formats, including:
- HOS Technical
Amendments, Driver's HOS Regulations;
- HOS Drivers –
Driver Rest and Sleep for Safe Operations Final Rule;
- HOS Finding
of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Attached Environmental Assessment;
- HOS News
Release, Driver's HOS Brochure;
- Driver's HOS
Pocket Guide; HOS Presentation; and
Also on the page are links
to the Ol' Blue USA guide to
pre-trip inspections, a collection of "A Safety Minute" With Ol'
Blue, USA, radio/Web spots, and a Tire Blowout Safety Video produced by
Michelin Tire Co. called "The Critical Factor."
"We have been flooded with calls and e-mails from
drivers wanting to know how the new hours-of-service rules will affect
them," said R.J. Taylor, founder of Ol' Blue USA. "When the
opportunity to present this slideshow was offered to us, we were really
Ol' Blue USA is dedicated to safety through education, and
this was a terrific opportunity to help educate not only drivers and fleets,
but also media and law enforcement that have questions about the changes, he
"We also felt that by putting links to our other safety
education material on the same page, we'd make it easier for people to find
what they want quickly and in one place," Taylor said.