regulations

The tightening knot of ELDs, hours, parking: Channel 19 year in review, the finale

As in 2014 with the restart rollback, several issues came to a head in the last month of 2015, bring us back to where we started in this year in review: The problem with the hours of service, readers say, is a central safety issue.

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ELD mandate pre-2000 exemption: Manufacture date or model year?

The short answer is that FMCSA intends to draw the line according to model year, not date of manufacture. The long answer is that mixing language on model year and date of manufacture only complicates things for operators, eventual enforcement...

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Merry Christmas to the rat king

"Dear FMCSA, Happy holidays, from a small business trucking family!" ...

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POLL: What will be your response to mandated ELDs?

7 in 10 readers noted they’d consider either early retirement or another line of work before they’d run with an electronic log in March 2014, when the recently released rule was proposed. What's your outlook today?

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POLL: What’s your view of the ‘driver shortage’?

"Driver shortage" -- myth or reality, all about trucker pay or a reflection of a younger generation's generally unfavorable view of long-distance trucking, a by-product of a constraining regs enivronment? What's your view?

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ELD mandate’s pre-2000 model year exception: One owner-operator’s morning celebration, more voices raised

Independent Howard Salmon -- owner of a 1999 Kenworth W900 -- and his reaction to news of the pre-2000 model year exception in the ELD mandate -- more voices on the rule, too.

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Regulatory update: E-log rule still expected this year, driver coercion nears publication

Still slated for this year: Rules to mandate e-logs and speed limiters, a driver training rule and an extension to the CSA program.

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Return safety to drivers’ control: Fix the 14-hour rule

Texas-based Gary Carlisle weighs in on what Overdrive readers have named among the most-needed hours revisions. Also: it's bankruptcies that will drive up rates, not wide ELD use itself.

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‘We’ll get through this e-log implementation’ — projecting carrier-shipper relationships after the ELD mandate

The paydirt on the back side of the electronic log mandate, according to compliance consultant Jeff Davis -- better rates, efficiency, productivity for small fleets.

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Confusion on the sidelines

"So the sky is falling and we're in imminent danger of not having enough truck drivers. We're all going to starve and perish, unless they can get speed limiters on the trucks and everyone on electronic logs. ... "

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