electronic logging devices

FMCSA on ELDs: Longtime ‘government supervision’ of trucking justifies privacy intrusion

Relative to ELDs potential to infringe on truckers’ privacy, FMCSA argues that’s simply part of being a truck driver. Trucking has a “‘long tradition of close government supervision,’” the agency says, citing a 1987 court decision. Truckers should have a lower expectation of privacy while on the job because of it, FMCSA’s lawyers argue in their court brief.

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Supreme Court rejects trucker’s request to intervene in ELD lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a trucker’s formal request to intervene in the lawsuit brought against the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate, siding with a lower court that also barred the trucker from intervening in the case.

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FMCSA gets two extra weeks to issue response to ELD court challenge

FMCSA must now issue its response by June 15. The plaintiffs in the case, which includes the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and truckers Mark Elrod and Richard Pingel, under the new schedule now have until June 29 to file a court response to the agency’s brief.

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ELDs and privacy: Will requirement to track truckers derail DOT mandate?

The legal challenge against the DOT's electronic logging device mandate centers on the rule's requirement to track truckers within a one-mile radius while on duty, which opponents say violates truckers' Constitutional rights. Will the court agree?

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Flexible split sleeper berth exemption extended 4 more years

Private carrier McKee Foods has been granted an extension to its 2015-granted waiver, which allows its drivers to divide their 10 required sleeper berth hours into 5/5, 6/4 or 3/7 splits. FMCSA's own commissioned research has shown split sleep has little to no bearing on truck driver fatigue or safety. Truckers, however, still must abide by the rigid 14-hour rule.

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ELD makers to hear from FMCSA next week on determining compliant devices

The meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 25., from 1-3 p.m. Eastern and will help ELD providers determine if their products meet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's requirements.

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ELDs and trucker harassment, Part 1: What FMCSA’s new mandate does to protect truckers against harassment

In this three-part series, Overdrive examines anti-harassment measures in the DOT's December-published electronic logging device rule. Topics include the rule’s anti-harassment provisions, privacy of truckers’ records and the harassment complaint process.

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More on required ELD connectivity options: What inspectors need at roadside

If operators opt for a device that uses solely local connections like USB and Bluetooth, the device must be equipped with both Bluetooth connectivity and a USB 2.0 port, not one or the other.

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E-log noncompliance penalties yet to be determined, FMCSA says

What will the punishment be for truckers who fail to comply with the looming electronic logging device mandate? FMCSA is still hammering out those details, it says.

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OOIDA petitions federal court to block ELD mandate, says it intends to fight rule ‘with everything we have’

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a petition with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals asking it to review the agency’s coming electronic logging device mandate, unveiled last week and set to take effect in late 2017.

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