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Operation Safe Driver Week enforcement blitz begins Sunday

The annual enforcement blitz is scheduled for the week of Oct. 15-21. Officers will be looking for speeding, distracted driving, texting and driving, seatbelt usage, following too closely, improper lane changes, failure to obey traffic safety devices and more. 

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Appearances matter

"We're fighting some very public battles as an industry these days. It never hurts to spiff up your image a little while engaging with the press, or the public, or the shippers and receivers, for that matter."

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Nationwide brake inspection spree takes place next week

Inspectors will be looking for out-of-adjustment brakes, along with brake system and antilock braking system violations on Brake Safety Day. See the date here...

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OOIDA petitions FMCSA to withhold federal funding from 20 states for enforcement, including ELDs

The petition singles out 26 states that haven't as yet adopted the ELD mandate, while 20 of those are out of compliance with fed regs adoption rules in general, OOIDA says. The MCSAP program granted more than $65 million in funding to those 20 states last year.

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‘Benefit of the doubt’ to the driver on the ELD mandate: Texas sergeant urges officers ‘punt’ in questionable situations

In this Overdrive Radio podcast, listen in on a conversation with Texas Sergeant Dana Moore at GATS about roadside hours reality and ELDs post-mandate. Plus: Todd Amen on the burgeoning freight economy, tunes from trucker-songwriter Michael Lochmiller...

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Hours, brake violations top Roadcheck out-of-service orders

The top three driver-related violations were for hours of service (32.3 percent of driver out-of-service violations), wrong class license (14.9 percent) and false log book (11.3 percent).

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Nearly 2,000 trucks sidelined during Roadcheck inspection blitz in Texas

In total, the Texas Department of Public Safety inspected 8,182 commercial vehicles during the blitz, placing 1,938 of those (or 23.6 percent) out-of-service.

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Freight niche transition — HHG to expedited with owner-operator Greg Huggins

Podcast: A talk with Greg Huggins, currently leased with a 2015 Cascadia straight truck to Landstar Express America, about his transition three years ago from two decades and more of household-moves hauling. And: A prediction on scale house inspectors after the ELD mandate.

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Out-of-service conditions related to ELDs

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s updated out-of-service criteria include those related to electronic logging devices. None are new OOS conditions. Rather, they’re footnotes related to current OOS conditions having to do with the hours of service, namely having no log book, having no previous seven days of logs and presenting a false log. All require putting the driver OOS for 10 consecutive hours.

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Presenting logs with ELDs at roadside

Running with an e-logs device is one thing. Communicating e-log data to an inspector is quite another. With five months to go, states’ data transfer plans vary widely, and an ambitious federal program remains untested.

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