Regulations

DOT bill would nix state-mandated breaks for truckers, exempt livestock haulers from ELD mandate

The House's 2018 DOT funding bill would bar states from requiring carriers to give drivers paid meal and rest breaks, spur FMCSA to adopt CSA reforms and exempt livestock and insect haulers from ELD compliance.

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FMCSA embarks on national ELD education tour

FMCSA announced Monday it will embark on a six-stop tour across the country meant to help carriers and drivers comply with the federal electronic logging device mandate. Drivers must be using ELDs by Dec. 18.

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Short-haul carriers petition FMCSA for exemption from ELD mandate

Electronic Logging Device - ELD Example

An association representing drivers who contract to haul equipment for pipeline construction projects and a water service hauling fleet are seeking exemptions from the ELD mandate for some of their drivers who exceed the hours limits on the short-term logging exemption.

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Making the e-log switch: The evolution of small fleet Old Time Express

"I know a lot of people, and especially a lot of drivers, would like to cut my head off when I say this ..." -- that's Old Time's Mark White in preamble to some perhaps underappreciated e-log lessons he delivers toward the end of this week's Overdrive Radio podcast. File under: things people might not want to hear. 

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Court sides with DOT in cross-border trucking case, allowing Mexican carriers to continue U.S. operation

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Teamsters Union challenging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s cross-border trucking program. FMCSA in January 2015 opened the U.S. operating authority application process to all Mexican carriers, prompting the Teamsters’ court challenge.

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Next steps for CSA — scores behind the curtain or not?

Will the FMCSA press forward with CSA SMS changes to bring scores back to public view or allow the SMS to remain a "half-baked solution sitting in the dark"? For the ASECTT group, there could be a third way forward for the agency...

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Short-haul intermodal fleet petitions FMCSA for logbook exemption

RDS is seeking the exemption for the times the drivers work longer than 12 hours.

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Trucker pay reform efforts at state level could be stymied by revival of Denham Amendment

Congress is again considering legislation that would block state-level efforts to dictate driver pay reforms and hours of service restrictions. The so-called Denham Amendment, first brought to the table by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) in 2015, seeks to reassert federal authority over hours of service regulations and the industry’s standard per-mile driver pay model.

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Between cynicism and hope: Readers, associations weigh in on ramifications of CSA study

While many readers were cynical about the entire project, associations from OOIDA to ATA were hopeful that the National Academies' CSA revision recommendations would be taken seriously by the FMCSA.

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‘The real problem’ isn’t ELDs

Now that it appears the ELD mandate is about to amplify the shortcomings of the hours of service rule, it’s time to address the real problem, not its surrogate.

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