ELD mandate

An ELD rate boost? Maybe, but look out for the safety banana peel

"The real tragedy is the runaway economic and safety burden will fall on an unsuspecting public at a time when economic stress has been at an all-time high since the Great Depression." --reader and truck owner Gary Carlisle

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Logging in the ELD environment: Annotations/notes section is driver’s friend when ‘weird situations’ arise, FMCSA says

ELD exemption questions, personal conveyance circumstances, yard moves, more: In "any weird situation," said FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo, "annotate it in the driver’s record would be clear if somebody asked you for it."

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FMCSA defends informal notice, partial exclusion of media at public meetings

Discussion topics of the meetings, as publicized by FMCSA last week, include prominent trucking regulations like the electronic logging device mandate, the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and other safety regulations.

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An extra $75? BigRoad’s ELD referral program

BigRoad users (and others) can earn a $75 reward for each friend they refer to BigRoad who purchases a DashLink ELD. The friend will also earn a $25 welcome reward for becoming a new BigRoad customer.

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American Road and Transportation Builders support ELD exemption, stress 14-hour-rule issues as well

ARTBA's support for the Pipe Line Contractors' request for an ELD exemption re-stressed the largely short-haul construction operators' long support for an exemption from the hours rules entirely for transportation construction companies.

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PeopleNet registers ELD with FMCSA

Company Product Vice President Eric Witty, speaking at the company's user conference emphasized PeopleNet's status as a "pioneer" in e-logs. He also didn't completely rule out the potential success of the ELD Extension Act of 2017 -- though he believes that potential is very small.

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The mechanical prowess — and ELD trials and tribulations — of Randy Carlson

Owner-operator Carlson's approach to the business follows an early career as a mechanic, learning from his father, who also trucked, then in trade school and on the job at an International dealer -- a solid basis on which to build an owner-operator business. Is it less common than it used to be?

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What a difference a day makes: Where rates could spike

Where to look for the most likely ELD effect on rates? High-volume lanes between 500 and 750 miles, which analysts call the “dangerous lanes.” It’s those where load/unload hiccups or in-transit delays easily can extend a one-day haul into a second day.

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ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 2: Flight from the industry

Will owner-operators and other drivers leave the industry in large enough numbers to produce a significant capacity shortage in the spot market, driving up rates? Some believe so -- long as stated intentions become reality -- while skepticism is prominent as well.

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POLL: What’s your level of concern over hacking/security risks and ELDs?

This poll probes the extent of worry over the outside potential for a truck's computer-system infiltration through an ECM plug-in device, like an ELD. Reports and device makers suggest risk is minimal without physical infiltration, though malicious programmers abound ...

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