Regulations

Update: Safety review continues trend toward the negative, non-ratable

Tom Sanderson of Transplace and the ASECTT group is right in some ways about FMCSA having "doubled down" on its post-CSA policy, particularly with respect to how it conducts safety audits in this day and age. Latest ratings-issued numbers here.

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ASECTT group presses ahead on CSA, safety rating reform and other issues

In addition to its chief concern over reliance on CSA SMS scores in safety assessment, ASECTT now turns attention to reform of the safety-audit system and federal preemption of state wage/hour laws and independent contractor classification, among other issues.

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Daimler petitions FMCSA to allow lower windshield placement of warning system camera

Supplemental information submitted by DTNA clarified that the camera system would actually be mounted 8.5 inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers – more than twice as far below the area currently allowed by regulations.

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Supreme Court refuses another trucking case, this one about carriers’ access to drivers’ history

The six driver plaintiffs claimed FMCSA's PSP reports disparaged their reputations and made it harder for them to find work. The courts have also consistently disagreed with OOIDA-backed plaintiffs’ assertions.

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Back to the future: ‘Trucks of America’ in 1973; The drones are coming! (take four)

Did you know Overdrive once published truck jigsaw puzzles? We didn't either ... And: The drones are coming! Congressional moves reportedly would prevent erection of state barriers to autonomous vehicles and centralize rules at federal level...

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OOIDA offering training course to meet new FDA sanitary food hauling regs

OOIDA’s course includes a one-hour training module and a test, which awards a certificate of completion, a card to keep in the truck cab and templates of written procedures and checklists for van trailers, reefers, flatbeds, liquid bulk tankers and hoppers.

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J.J. Keller Encompass ELD self-certified

The J.J. Keller compliance services company announced the placement of both dedicated and BYOD ("bring your own device") versions of its Encompass electronic logging device system for Android devices and its own Compliance Tablet on the FMCSA's ELD registry. 

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ELD data: Take control of yours to avoid IFTA, IRP audit fines

If you’re in the situation of many owner-operators and small fleets and looking to squeeze a little return-on-investment out of an ELD you may be forced to adopt, tread carefully with players new to the industry getting into the partial automation of IFTA/IRP data collection.

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‘Game-set-match’ for ELD mandate, time for truckers to consider compliance options

Given this week’s news from the Supreme Court and the likely reluctance of Congress -- or the White House, whose DOT has shown no interest in bucking Congress’ orders -- to touch the issue, owner-operators would be wise to transition from hoping for a reversal to considering compliance options.

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Two ELD webinars scheduled for July

FMCSA will host ELD webinars on July 6 and July 13. Participants can email questions ahead of time, or submit them during the question and answer sessions.

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