Regulations

7 U.S. reps back carriers’ request to hasten drug testing change

The April 25 letter from seven members of Congress asks FMCSA to allow 13 large carriers to skip urine tests in favor of hair sample tests “as soon as HHS issues its guidelines and before FMCSA subsequently completes its rule-making process” regarding hair sample testing.

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Florida legislature eyeing December 2018 ELD deadline for intrastate carriers, California uncertain

Florida's move for its sizable intrastate market follows that of Texas, which adopted a December 2019 date for the ELD requirements for intrastate carriers. California Highway Patrol reps, meanwhile, note they're yet uncertain on an intrastate ELD mandate there.

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ELDs and safety: Wes Memphis weighs in

"One thing you come to learn around here is when there is the same highlighted handwritten memo on every table of the drivers' room, in the company newsletter, on the shop bulletin board, even on the inner door of the bathroom stall, somebody done messed up good. ..."

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Congress again slows deployment of wireless roadside inspections, House clears Obamacare overhaul

The measure builds upon Congressional intent in recent years to slow progress on a national wireless roadside inspection until the U.S. DOT answers certain questions for lawmakers. Also, an update on where Obamacare repeal efforts stand after House action this week.

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POLL: Interstate/intrastate — Which hours of service rule do you operate within?

What's the nature of your operation when it comes to hours of service -- are you running under the primary U.S. hours rules (irrespective of niche-specific variants like oilfield), a combination of U.S./Canadian rules, one of the various intrastate parameters or short-haul exceptions?

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Readers offer 14-hour fixes with pay for time, hours revisions, more

Following my post Friday last week about part of the two days I spent running with Ohio-based owner-operator Scott Reed, readers responded in numbers with 14-hour fix suggestions. Among them was Gary Carlisle, increasingly outspoken advocate for change ...

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Livin’ on potato time

"You could put 40 clocks and 25 cameras inside of every single commercial vehicle on the road, and those items would not prevent accidents." More on the push for so-called "safety" devices from on high ...

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EZ-ELD from Stoneridge launched

The Stoneridge BYOD-style EZ-ELD costs just $149 for the plug-in hardware, with a $15-a-month software subscription, although savings are available for annual subscriptions at only $150.

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Letter to Trump: Parking, 14-hour rule, congestion ever more urgent issues with ELDs

Reader Clifford "Chappy" Petersen's open letter to Donald Trump ranges through his views on a variety of issues -- from parking and congestion to driver pay and more -- that he says are set to be further exacerbated by the ELD mandate.

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POLL: Will rates move in a positive or negative direction as a result of the ELD mandate?

What's your view of the likelihood of a rates impact as a result of the ELD mandate -- commentators have been on either side of the issue in recent time, some believing rates will rise, others doubting the projection.

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