Regulations

ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 2: Flight from the industry

Will owner-operators and other drivers leave the industry in large enough numbers to produce a significant capacity shortage in the spot market, driving up rates? Some believe so -- long as stated intentions become reality -- while skepticism is prominent as well.

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POLL: What’s your level of concern over hacking/security risks and ELDs?

This poll probes the extent of worry over the outside potential for a truck's computer-system infiltration through an ECM plug-in device, like an ELD. Reports and device makers suggest risk is minimal without physical infiltration, though malicious programmers abound ...

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ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 1: Fewer miles

Examining the assumptions behind the varying predictions of the post-ELD mandate demand situation. If some predictions come to pass, there’s reason to believe rates may rise enough to be a notable reward from an unwelcome imposition.

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DOT withdraws rule to set sleep apnea screening criteria for truckers

A sleep apnea rule would give clarity to medical examiners, carrier employers and drivers themselves about what criteria or combination of criteria would prompt a driver to be referred for an in-lab apnea test. The agency's withdrawal of the rule preserves the status quo.

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New FMCSA guidance allows states to accept commercial learner’s permit applications from any out-of-state drivers

The guidance issued this week is in line with FMCSA’s final rule issued Oct. 13, 2016, that amended CDL regulations to ease the transition of military personnel into the trucking industry. Previously, states could only accept out-of-state applications from military personnel, but the new guidance applies to all drivers.

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ELDs on the market today

With many more ELDs having self-certified, here's the most recent update to Overdrive's electronic-log comparison chart, offering quick looks at more than 50 electronic logging devices on the market ahead of FMCSA's ELD mandate compliance date.

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The cost of pre-2000 ELD regulatory indecision: One winner, and potential losers, among owner-ops

In the Trump era, when governing by Tweet is something of a norm, "regulating by FAQ" might stand to gain in prominence -- with scarcely five months remaining prior to the December ELD deadline, recent significant change to the pre-2000 exemption well-illustrates the issues for this owner-operator.

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A shot in the arm for fixing CSA

The added weight of an objective party is welcome, especially knowing it gives Congress a clear vision of CSA problems. FMCSA has made relatively superficial changes – slowly – to CSA. It’s a shame it’s taken so many voices to repeat the call that change needs to be faster and more substantive.

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FMCSA extends hours suspension in Dakotas, N.C. suspends hours regs over power outage

FMCSA extended an emergency declaration in the Dakotas due to severe drought conditions, thus extending an hours-of-service regulations suspension in the state. North Carolina also suspended hours regulations due to a power outage on the Outer Banks.

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Senate DOT bill, unlike House, skips changes to ELD mandate, driver breaks

The Senate’s 2018 fiscal year DOT appropriations does not include any changes to the coming electronic logging device mandate, nor does it include the so-called Denham Amendment, which intends to block states from enacting rest break laws for truck drivers. The House version of the bill does include such reforms.

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