Hot Sheet
A Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
September 29, 2020

HOS Changes Effective TODAY

This May 2020 Final Rule introduces new flexibilities to current driver hours of service. These flexibilities include provisions that: 

  • Extend short-haul drivers’ maximum on-duty period from 12 to 14 hours, and lengthen the air-mile radius for short-haul drivers from 100 to 150 air miles; 
  • Modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending the maximum on-duty driving window by 2 hours under certain conditions; 
  • Permit drivers to take a 30-minute break after 8 hours of driving time and in an on-duty not-driving status; and
  • Allow drivers using sleeper berths to take their required 10-hours off duty in a 7 and 3 split, in addition to 8 and 2. 
The Final Rule does not change anything else in Part 395 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Drivers and motor carriers must continue to comply with the FMCSRs.

The Final Rule can be read in its entirety at FMCSA’s website here, and ATA's white summary is available here. The Agency is also working on FAQs to address common questions. ATA suggests motor carriers check with their ELD or AOBRD provider to address questions relating to eRODS documentation.


Please join us for a special "virtual" meeting with Senator Cory Gardner...

Monday, October 5th at 9:45am

Registration details available later this week.

CMCA Fall Gathering Highlights


Golf Tournament:

1st Place Team - Boxwheel Trailer Leasing

Justin Stephens, Mike Sindelar, Andrew Douchane & Donald Ryan


2nd Place Team
Grier Bailey-CWPMA, John Smith, Jeff Cummings-Duffy Crane & Mark Savage-HUWA Enterprises 


3rd PlaceTeam - RMT 

Walt Sanders, Betty Sanders, Ryan Holm & David Schleiger

Dinner & Awards:

Special thanks to Troy Hill, Hill Petroleum (pictured left)  as outgoing chair for his leadership and dedication this past year. 

Best Wishes to Suzanne Kutsch, CAST Transportation (pictued right) as the incoming chair.



A special congratulations to
Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp  (pictured left) as the CMCA "Friend of Trucking Award" recipient.

Hosting an event of this magnitude is only made possible by our many sponsors - a BIG thank you to each and every one of you!
Thanks to our event sponsors:
Flood and Peterson   

MHC Kenworth
Pinnacol Assurance
Great West Casualty
McCandless Truck Center
Navajo Express
View all sponsors!

Gardner Introduces Bill to Designate Ports-to-Plains as Future Interstate

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, introduced S. 4701, the Ports-to-Plains Highway Act, legislation to designate the Ports-to-Plains Corridor, which travels through Colorado, as a future Interstate. The bill is cosponsored by U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

“With Colorado’s population growing at one of the fastest rates in the country, it is critical that we are making necessary investments in our state’s infrastructure,” said Senator Gardner.  Read More...

*NOTE: CMCA is supportive of the interstate designation.

2021 UCR Registration Period will Begin on October 1, 2020 – INTERSTATE CARRIERS!


Registration for the 2021 UCR registration year will open October 1, 2020, and 8:00 a.m. EDT. Fees will remain the same as they are for 2020 and are currently listed on the UCR Website. Registration for the 2019 registration year (except for state audit purposes) will end September 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.EDT.  A reminder to file via the official website to avoid surcharges and filing fees.  The website for direct registration without fees is


If you have questions, feel free to contact CMCA or go directly to UCR at


Beware the Wolf!

When traveling through Colorado’s mountains, semi-truck drivers can encounter challenging and dangerous conditions, especially during winter snow storms. US 160 Wolf Creek is known to be especially challenging, and CDOT wants to warn drivers to use extreme caution when traveling over the pass.

CDOT and the Colorado State Patrol are teaming up to conduct safety checks of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) at the summit of #WolfCreekPass.
For more safety tips and information, click here.

Trucking Industry Asked to Rank Top Concerns
 - LAST CHANCE to have your voice heard...

The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, today launched the 2020 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with potential strategies for addressing each issue. 

Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the survey available through ATRI’s website by clicking here. The survey will remain open through October 16, 2020.   Full Release HERE.

FMCSA has granted new camera mirror system exemptions to two suppliers.

The agency announced the limited, five-year exemption for Robert Bosch, LLC and Mekra Lang North America, LLC, allowing motor carriers to operate commercial motor vehicles with the companies' CV Digital Mirror System installed as an alternative to the two rear-vision mirrors required by regulation. FMCSA determined that granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety provided by the regulation.

Together, Bosch and Mekra Lang is the third supplier of CMS to have five-year exemptions for the available technology to replace conventional cab side rear-view mirrors with cameras. CMS technology is also equipped with monitors inside the cab for the driver to have improved visibility of surrounding traffic and infrastructure. FMCSA’s Tech-Celerate Now program is supportive of CMS as an advanced driver assistance system.
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