hours of service

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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FMCSA proposes altering personal conveyance guidelines as ELD mandate nears

The key change to the personal conveyance guidance is the removal of the requirement that trucks be unladen to be used for personal conveyance. FMCSA says the change is mostly meant to allow straight truck drivers the opportunity to use their truck, even if it is laden with work- or load-related materials or tools, for personal use.

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ELD compliance extension for ag/livestock haulers formally issued by FMCSA

FMCSA has officially issued a waiver giving drivers who haul livestock and ag loads until March 18 to switch from paper logs to ELDs. It's also soon accepting comments on changes to hours of service exemptions offered to ag haulers.

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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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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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California wildfire prompts hours suspension, road closures

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the fire has burned at least 65,000 acres as of noon Pacific time Wednesday. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the cities of Santa Paula and Ventura.

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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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ELD compliance guide: The spec’s your unit needs and a full chart of suppliers

From Overdrive's in-depth report to ELD compliance: The basic spec's required of devices -- and a list of the suppliers and their units' key features.

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Bill Frerichs’ ELD implementation notes, hopes, worries as mandate bears down

In which a nine-truck fleet owner begins implementing ELDs. And: A few key differences between AOBRDs, grandfathered in with the ELD rule through 2019, and the much more detailed ELD specification/required capability.

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Roundup: A source of supposed DOT ‘bot attack’; The ‘fatbergs’ clogging the regs swamp

Source of supposed "bot" attack on regulatory reform comments identified. And transport attorney Henry Seaton's talk at NASTC's annual meeting identifies safety-rating, hours and other issues as principal fatbergs to clear in regs-reform efforts.

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