Regulations

What a difference a day makes: Where rates could spike

Where to look for the most likely ELD effect on rates? High-volume lanes between 500 and 750 miles, which analysts call the “dangerous lanes.” It’s those where load/unload hiccups or in-transit delays easily can extend a one-day haul into a second day.

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A busy independent’s plan to transition his business (and dodge ELDs in the process)

A run with John Hodges in his 1998 Freightliner Classic, part of his small fleet. As independent, Hodges juggles roles as driver, owner, cattle farmer and pastor in his local church, taking it all in stride: "To whom much is given ..."

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ELD rumors dispelled: Small fleet exemption? Delay to 2019? Answers here…

Given the apparent misinformation making the rounds among drivers, let’s dispel some of the rumors and provide an update on the efforts -- which is all they are at present -- to delay the mandate.

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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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