Regulations

Mailbag: Answering a few ELD mandate questions, and more trucking views

In this Channel 19 edition of Overdrive Radio podcast edition a few ELD-mandate-related questions answered, and a round-up of ongoing commentary coming in on the podcast line...

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POLL: What will be your response to mandated ELDs?

7 in 10 readers noted they’d consider either early retirement or another line of work before they’d run with an electronic log in March 2014, when the recently released rule was proposed. What's your outlook today?

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Rollback of 34-hour restart regs further entrenched by Congressional budget deal

FMCSA will have to prove its 2013-implemented rules are better for driver fatigue and highway safety than previous hours rules before they can go back into effect, Congress directs.

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Potential trucker sleep apnea rulemaking takes step forward

A data collection effort by the U.S. DOT intended to gauge how many truck operators have obstructive sleep apnea and what impact a sleep apnea rule could have on the industry has taken a step forward in the federal rulemaking process and could be published by year’s end.

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ELD mandate represents a ‘piece of freedom’ under threat, say readers

Audio: Three views of the ELD mandate show the strong opposition felt among many -- meantime, more debate on the pre-2000 model year exception and just who benefits most, by the numbers.

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Trailer underride guard mandate proposed by NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing to require rear impact guards on the back of trailers.

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OOIDA petitions federal court to block ELD mandate, says it intends to fight rule ‘with everything we have’

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a petition with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals asking it to review the agency’s coming electronic logging device mandate, unveiled last week and set to take effect in late 2017.

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White House clears rule to set up new FMCSA system to score, target carriers

Few details are known about what the rule entails. According to the agency’s regulatory summary, it would give FMCSA a new system to “determine when a motor carrier is not fit to operate.” It’s unclear whether recent Congressional action to remove CSA rankings from public view will impact the SFD rule, however.

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Don’t freak out, man

If ELDs are to be mandated, more work needs to be done: "Maybe we shouldn't freak out, but we should definitely make our concerns loud and public during this two year transition period."

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Date to ditch paper logs: Dec. 16, 2017

Set your timer, and start the process of wishing your paper logs a fond farewell.

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