Regulations

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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FMCSA makes strides in targeting highest-risk carriers, report concludes, but challenges remain

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken steps to hone in on high-risk carriers -- and intervene more quickly for investigations -- the agency must continue to improve its intervention tactics, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

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FMCSA: Pre-2000 ELD exemption applies to engine model year, not chassis

Owner-operators with trucks equipped with model year 1999 engines and older will not be not subject to the electronic logging device mandate, regardless of the model year of the truck, according to fresh guidance from FMCSA.

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ELD delay faces big hurdles, even with added co-sponsors

Despite a bill being introduced this month to delay the ELD mandate, Congress appears reluctant to tackle the issue. ATA is also adamant there's little support for the measure among lawmakers.

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Universal providing TransFlo ELDs to its owner-operators at no cost

Universal Logistics, one of the country's largest carriers and operator of Universal Truckload, Universal Dedicated and Universal Intermodal, will provide electronic logging devices to its 3,500 owner-operators free of charge, the company announced Tuesday. 

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Trump DOT nixes sleep apnea rulemaking, bumps speed limiter mandate

The U.S. Department of Transportation, as expected under the Trump administration, has signaled it will not continue to pursue a rulemaking to mandate the use of speed limiters in the trucking industry, at least any time soon. However, the DOT still considers instituting sleep apnea screening protocol for truck operators and carrier employers as a near-term priority.

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Weak links can hamper app-based ELDs

Many ELD systems based on smartphone or tablet apps fall in the category of “bring your own device.” Because most rely on cellular and Bluetooth connections, BYOD systems can be more prone to connectivity problems.

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