Regulations

Is the ELD mandate’s pre-2000 exemption simply delaying the inevitable?

At least one analyst says yes, within 24 months of the ELD mandate going into effect, “nearly everyone will need an ELD, whether they like it or not, purely from a market standpoint.” That's not a universally held viewpoint, however.

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34-hour restart’s future clearer than before, but uncertainty lingers

Lawmakers warded off a scenario in which the 34-hour restart would be removed as a tool for truckers to use to manage their weekly on-duty time. But the future of the regulations surrounding the 34-hour restart is still unsettled.

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Congress clears legislation to spell out future of 34-hour restart regs for truck operators

For the time being, truckers can continue to operate as they have since December 2014, meaning 34-hour restarts do not need to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the 34-hour restart option can be used as often as truck operators like.

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Big carriers and owner-ops continue fight over speed limiter mandate as comment period closes

More on speed limiter rule comments: Big fleets who filed comments on the proposal rallied around a 65 mph nationwide limit for nearly all trucks on the highway. OOIDA and most trucker commenters, however, say the rule damages owner-operators’ ability to compete in the marketplace against larger carriers.

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The difference between Facebook and regulatory comments

"People sure like to gripe on Facebook, ... at the Counter of Knowledge, and anywhere another human being may listen, but when it comes time for them to actually be able to provide some recorded, sanctioned, discussions ..."

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Older trucks holding value better since ELD announcement

Wholesale auction data over the past two years exhibit that 1995-1999 truck prices have declined at a slower rate than 2000-2004 trucks, particularly since announcement of the ELD mandate's pre-2000 model year exemption.

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What ELDs might mean for owner-operator gross revenue in flatbed

With recent speculation that the "mother of all capacity shortages" may not materialize with ELDs, necessarily, one owner-operator's experience making the transition a couple years back.

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Speed limiters will hurt truckers’ bottom line and cause more accidents, operators argue in formal comments

Upwards of 4,500 comments were received by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the last three months on the agency’s proposed rule to mandate speed limiting devices on heavy trucks, and most trucker commenters railed against the rule and its potential effects on small business truckers.

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Eyes on the prize: The market for pre-2000 trucks in light of ELD exemption

Pre-2000 model year trucks take on a new luster as a way out of the ELD mandate. Now might be the best time to beat an expected spike in prices.

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New priorities for a new DOT secretary?: Take two

A bevy of reader voices raised in response to the question: "What would be your message to Trump's incoming DOT leader?" Issues of regulation (the ELD mandate chief among them), parking/infrastructure and driver pay loomed largest.

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