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‘Don’t work more for less’ is reader Tom Hall’s message on hours, ELDs

"A specialty equipment hauler once asked me just why some steel haulers will 'haul 20,000 pounds overloaded for $1 a hundred when I make as much or more money hauling 40,000-pound legal loads at $2 a hundred?'" --Tom Hall on the scrum over income, pay, ELDs, hours and more. Hall views forcing pay for all time worked as a solution to many issues.

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‘Here’s to causing a crisis’: Is there a shutdown going on?

Those were among the words of independent owner-operator Brita Nowak, who's closed her one-truck business in part in protest of the 14-hour rule's inflexibility, combined with the new record-keeping reality of the ELD mandate.

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POLL: Are you running with an ELD/AOBRD for logs or holding off?

With reports varying considerably from operators following the initial enforcement date of the ELD mandate in December, what's your status for e-log implementation, whether already set up with one, protesting the mandate by shutting down/leaving the business, remaining on paper logs with an exemption, or another scenario?

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DOT surveying truckers on personal vehicle commute times

FMCSA has announced intentions to survey drivers about the time they spend commuting in their personal vehicles, seeking to determine how often truckers’ commutes to their driving jobs exceed 2 and a half hours. The agency also says it intends to study the ramifications of “excessive commuting on safety and driver fatigue” after the survey’s completion.

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The Year of the ELD: Top trucking trends from 2017 as ELD mandate descended

Coverage of the mandate and its myriad of twists and turns throughout dominated the news cycle in 2017. It also dominated Overdrive’s usual in-depth coverage of the industry. However, a few other key trends emerged too, including regulatory repeals by the Trump Administration, booming rates and the rise of the electric truck. More here...

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A silver lining: Clean inspections on the rise

In Overdrive’s annual CSA’s Data Trail update, after a few years of decline in the totals overall, inspections increased by more than 4 percent. Fortunately for operators, those additional thousands of inspections can be attributed in part to an influx of inspections that contained no violation.

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‘E-logs will cure everything, right?’

What they won't cure, from hours violations incurred while passing full truck stop after full truck stop to overheated communication with inspectors to the sense of pride most longtime truckers take in their professional record. Also: ELD-specific enforcement update, OOIDA portal for any tickets received.

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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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FMCSA proposes altering personal conveyance guidelines as ELD mandate arrives

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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