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Video: Inside the ELD mandate

Overdrive editors Todd Dills and James Jaillet discuss the Dec. 10 announced rule requiring truck drivers to use electronic logging devices to maintain records of duty status, breaking down the rule's general hardware spec's, pre-2000 exemption, smartphone compliance and more.

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CSA reform package in highway bill includes added incentive/bonus program for motor carriers

The "Beyond Compliance" incentive/credit program's inclusion in the highway bill ensures its regulatory pursuit. Inclusion follows exploration of the idea by FMCSA and numerous commenters earlier this year.

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E-log mandate set to take effect Dec. 2017, rule set for DOT publication

The rule requires drivers currently required to keep paper logs to use ELDs, with a few exceptions. It also spells out hardware requirements for the devices, protections against driver harassment and more.

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EPA fuel economy standards: Major trucking groups, truck manufacturers question rule’s stipulations, support its goals

Some say the proposed rules are too aggressive and will be difficult to meet with the given timeline. Others say the market will drive the industry to meeting these proposed regulations during a similar timeline if it saves truck drivers and trucking companies money as the EPA says it will.

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Reefer spot-market-volume surge follows Thanksgiving holiday week

Reefer demand improved substantially with the load availability boost last week, DAT says. The national load-to-truck ratio rose 33 percent, to 5.7 loads per truck.

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Trucking rap sheet: New York CDL testing scheme update, drug tester debarred

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General recently announced court activity in four trucking-related crime investigations. Here’s a summary of what happened with each:

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Van, reefer, flatbed rates dove again in November (charts)

This is the fourth straight month that rates dipped in all three segments, continuing a now year-long downward trend spurred by both a major drop in diesel prices and market conditions.

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‘Coercion’ definition, stiffer penalties key changes in FMCSA’s coercion rule work

The exact definition FMCSA is using to define driver coercion and what led it to the definition and to the higher fines associated with such violations.

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U.S. diesel price falls below $2.40, lowest point in six years

Diesel prices continued to drop this week, falling below the $2.40 mark for the first time since June 1, 2009.

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CSA scores behind the curtain — what’s next?

Following FMCSA's pull of the CSA SMS from public view, some signs that the CSA bell will continue to ring in carrier selection processes from brokers and shippers in the "private CSA world." Some reader views, too, on FMCSA's move.

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