ELD mandate

ELD ‘panic buying’ as time runs out

Who's ready? As last-minute preps for the ELD mandate continue for many, some companies try to accommodate panic buys while still other operators plan to wait beyond the Monday, Dec. 18, enforcement date, anticipating soft treatment at roadside.

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Head-first into the ‘exodus’ he goes …

"Bill Weaver has decided, on pretty much the eve of the ELD mandate going into effect, to make the transition from company driver to owner-operator for the first time in his more than 20-year trucking career."

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Short-term rental trucks land a short-term ELD exemption

TRALA requested in March a more permanent exemption from ELD use for short-term rental trucks. In October, FMCSA granted an ongoing exemption for rental trucks used for eight days or fewer, rather than 30 days. Rentals fewer than 30 days now get until mid-March to comply with the mandate.

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Audio mailbag: Truckers’ voices raised against the ELD mandate with less than a week left

When it comes to rules and regulations, the ELD mandate may well go down in history as the most protested in FMCSA’s history. As the enforcement deadline bears down, truckers around the nation sound off. Also: What does the ELD mandate have to do with the moon and Mars? ...

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POLL: Have you begun running with an ELD/AOBRD for e-logs?

With the ELD mandate's Dec. 18 enforcement deadline less than a week out, some surveys have estimated as only half of truckers are ready for the deadline. What's the status of your operation relative to e-logs, whether exempt from the mandate or not?

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More duct tape on a broken ax handle

"Anyone with a lick of sense knows it's unsafe to duct-tape a broken ax handle. Those who don't have that kind of sense work for the FMCSA."

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A reader on the ELD mandate: Enough is enough

"Having an ELD in our trucks is not going to make anyone safer. This mandate is only going to cause more problems than this industry and the general public need." --Phylisia P. Compton, G and L Expedited Transport Services

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Dealing with hours violations beyond your control in ELDs

Recording hours with ELDs: State and federal law enforcement officials urge drivers to practice blunt honesty in special cases, using annotations on duty statuses and status changes to explain the situation in detail. In many cases, officer leniency could prevail.

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Will enforcement use ELD data for purposes beyond hours of service?

Some in the industry have worried ELD data would be used at roadside or by compliance-review auditors to uncover violations other than hours infractions. If it is, it will be a violation of Congressional directive.

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‘They better start listening to us’: Brian Babin reiterates need for executive order to delay ELDs

A talk with Congressman Brian Babin, who reiterates need for an ELD delay executive order from Trump if truckers are to get relief at this point from the mandate. More on yesterday's media-outreach efforts from truckers -- results.

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