Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater has announced that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is extending to Dec 15, 2000, the deadline for comments on the hours of service (HOS)proposal.
The extension was granted because the Department of Transportation wants to develop more data on its HOS proposal that it believes will come from three public roundtables. These will focus on topics identified in the comment process on proposed revisions to HOS regulations. Each roundtable will last two days and will be designed to elicit in-depth discussion and exchange of supporting data. Roundtables will convene from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm September 25-26 in Chevy Chase MD, and Sept 28-29 and October 5-6 in Washington DC. Topics will include:
- Fatigue research, enforcement, and economic impact of revising proposed rules.
- Sleeper berth requirements, communication with drivers during rest or break periods, and end-of-workweek rest periods.
- Categories of carrier operations, on-board recorders, and exemptions to the proposed rule.
Participation in roundtable discussions are by invitation only. About 45 invitations were sent out, though members of the public may attend any roundtable as observers.
Prophesy Offers Multi-Tier Software Training Program Prophesy Transportation Software has introduced its multitier training program for users of its Dispatch & Accounting software. The company offers basic training on both Dispatch and Accounting, and has added advanced classes for more complex parts of the system.
Small-group training is the focus of the Prophesy educational curriculum. New customers are often welcomed into corporate headquarters in Bloomfield CT for the one- to four-day customized training sessions. Options of both onsite and telephone training also are offered.
Ackerman Provides Course For Warehousing Self-Study The KB Ackerman Co is offering a self-study course on warehousing. Described in detail on the company's web site at www.warehousing-forum.com, this course includes three separate products: a self-study notebook, a hardcover warehousing text, and a warehousing glossary. For a hard copy of the web page, contact Ackerman, 1328 Dublin Rd, Columbus OH 43215-1059; phone 614-488-3165; or fax 614-488-9243.