Regulations

ELD mandate: Is drivers’ time saved by e-logs worth near $2 billion annually?

Just as it's pretty hard to estimate time saved in a reliable way, it's pretty hard for paper and pencil to malfunction in the same way a computer can -- delving into FMCSA's ELD mandate cost-benefit analysis.

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The 34-hour restart’s complicated limbo

Here's the latest. Nothing about the 34-hour restart will change until FMCSA issues its certified report on its mandated comparative restart study. If the report says what many truckers have hoped, however, the restart could disappear entirely.

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Driver training rule expected this month, speed limiter rule delayed again

The latest on rules to mandate speed limiters, institute minimum driver training requirements, survey the industry on sleep apnea and set up a database of drivers who have refused or failed a drug test.

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ELD makers to hear from FMCSA next week on determining compliant devices

The meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 25., from 1-3 p.m. Eastern and will help ELD providers determine if their products meet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's requirements.

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Oops: Appropriations bill may have done away with 34-hour restart entirely

Turns out the 34-hour restart-related item in the late-2015 Congressional appropriations bill may have done a little more than was intended, eliminating the restart entirely. Before you start (or continue, as it were) recapping hours, however ...

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FAA bill with trucking hours and pay implications advances

A bill that would prevent states from requiring truckers and their employers to comply with state laws regulating hours of service, such as meal or rest break requirements, has been approved by the House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill would also, if enacted, throw cold water on state-level initiated driver pay reform.

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Marten ordered to pay former driver $51k after firing him for refusing overweight load

The specific incident that led to Sinkfield’s firing occurred in May 2014, when he refused a load at a shipper’s facility because it was 40 pounds over the 80,000-lb. federal limit and several pounds over allowable axle limits. A judge found his firing, despite being related to several incidents, was wrongful, as the load refusal was protected by federal law.

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ELD mandate: What about trucks plated below 26,000 lbs.?

Q&A: Will under 26K-lb. trucks be required to utilize ELDs under FMCSA's final rule? Short answer: Yes, but complications with the short-haul exceptions in the hours rules may apply to some operations.

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Drivewyze to run four-state ‘e-inspection’ field demonstration

Drivewyze's e-inspection test will be expediting Level 3 driver inspections on lanes in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania in cooperation with enforcement departments and truckers running those areas.

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Aviation bill would reemphasize federal authority over states’ regulation of truckers’ hours, pay

A bill unveiled in the U.S. House’s Transportation Committee this week seeks to restrict state’s ability to regulate truckers’ on-duty time, such as required rest breaks, and could have an impact on driver pay reform efforts being conducted at state levels.

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