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Thursday round-up: Supply chain mandating ELDs?, Wal-Mart moving toward cab cameras, nolo contendere for operator

Reporting out of Arkansas: Wal-Mart's private fleet begins to test in-cab camera systems. Howard Salmon pleas out from under a following-too-close citation. And: one regular reader calls foul on the notion that brokers/shippers will require ELDs in contracts for exempt truckers post-mandate.

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ATBS expands biz services offerings

The company’s new package, called RumbleStrip Essentials, offers tax consulting, state and federal tax returns, quarterly tax estimates, tax reconciliation, profit and loss statements, monthly bookkeeping and access to a secure online document portal.

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Gliders losing altitude: Emissions regs crack down on pre-2010 engines, crimping a hot market

Federal regulations taking effect Dec. 27 restrict the glider market by allowing much smaller sales after 2017. The expansive emissions standards finalized effectively close the loophole that allowed glider kit sales to flourish. That leaves glider kit makers scrambling to alter their operations or shuttering their glider business altogether.

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Baseline compliance ELD from ISE Fleet Services

ISE's eFleetSuite ruggedized Android tablet paired with a connection to the engine's electronic control module is an e-log for those without much need to "go above and beyond" in functionality.

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ATRI ‘parking diaries’ reveal ELDs make finding parking more difficult

Parking diaries kept by nearly 600 truck drivers for two weeks this year revealed truckers spend an average of 56 minutes per day searching for parking, costing them nearly $5,000 a year in wages. The report also showed truckers using ELDs spend more time searching for parking than those using paper logs.

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FMCSA calls for 25 percent of truckers to be drug tested in 2017

The agency announced Tuesday that carriers will be required to randomly test at least 25 percent of their drivers in the calendar year. This requirement includes owner-operators leased to carriers.

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PrePass adds new bypass sites in three states

Truckers using PrePass are now eligible to bypass a trio of weigh stations recently added to the company’s network. Help Inc., provider of PrePass, also announced it has installed weigh-in-motion scales at two PrePass locations near Cheyenne, Wyo., on I-25 northbound and I-80 westbound.

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Is the ELD mandate’s pre-2000 exemption simply delaying the inevitable?

At least one analyst says yes, within 24 months of the ELD mandate going into effect, “nearly everyone will need an ELD, whether they like it or not, purely from a market standpoint.” That's not a universally held viewpoint, however.

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34-hour restart’s future clearer than before, but uncertainty lingers

Lawmakers warded off a scenario in which the 34-hour restart would be removed as a tool for truckers to use to manage their weekly on-duty time. But the future of the regulations surrounding the 34-hour restart is still unsettled.

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Congress clears legislation to spell out future of 34-hour restart regs for truck operators

For the time being, truckers can continue to operate as they have since December 2014, meaning 34-hour restarts do not need to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the 34-hour restart option can be used as often as truck operators like.

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