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How to avoid need for bail money: Richard Miller’s comment of the week (about, well, what else?)

Who says truckers don't have a sense of humor on the subject of the ELD mandate? ... And: Crowd-sourcing state enforcement plans -- we've heard from some states who won't be writing ELD noncompliance tickets until April 1, just marking violations. If you've heard, what's your state's plan?

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The ‘ELD money grab’ we won’t print

And: Texas House rep uses the #ELDorME hastag in House-floor plea for a 90-day ELD extension.

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‘It just keeps happening in the Notch’: Truckers, beware Vermont route 108

The notorious Smuggler's Notch route continues to snare tractor-trailers blindly following GPS despite recent 20x fine increases -- says a reader familiar withthe area: "Any large vehicle" attempting the route, "especially any tractor trailer, is doomed."

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FMCSA increases fines for regs violations

The U.S. DOT has increased fines across the board for violations of federal trucking regulations, it announced Wednesday.

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FMCSA raises fines for some violations, lowers fines for others

The fines for violations of federal safety regulations underwent a makeover this year during the adjustment for inflation process. Some fines are higher than previous years, and some are lower, as FMCSA made the adjustments based on a new law passed by Congress in 2015.

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Mailbag: ELD choice — ‘wait and see’ mode a hope for common sense?

Among other voices responding to recent ELD market, privacy reports: "Most experienced, knowledgeable professionals still hold out hope that some common sense will prevail in the government to recognize any positive impact on safety will not be due to the implementation of ELDs."...

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Light violations aren’t the only ones being stacked

Readers offer further examples of multiple violations written that stem from one root cause, known as "stacking" and discouraged at the federal level.

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Obamacare: Decision upcoming for uninsured operators

An ATBS informational document aims to help uninsured owner-operators make the decision on whether to purchase insurance to satisfy the individual mandate or continue uninsured.

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Hurry up and wait or pay $500

A receiver's message comes in over the Qualcomm while Wendy and George have been waiting an hour in a line of trucks to get unloaded: "Late drivers will be fined $500." Oh the humanity!

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Make accident victims pay for traffic tie-ups?

  A letter writer to the Chattanoogan newspaper last week proposed to fine drivers of large trucks involved in accidents per hour of required cleanup or per mile of backed up traffic. Specifically:   $5,000 per hour of cleanup or per mile of backed up traffic, whichever is greater, to be paid by the trucking companies, and $1,000 per hour of cleanup or per mile of backup, whichever is greater, to be levied against the truck driver. You can ...

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