inspections

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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ELDs: What to expect from enforcement as the mandate descends

As of Dec. 18, states and their federal truck enforcement partners will begin issuing violations and citations, in some cases with fines, to those subject to the electronic logging device mandate who aren’t using e-logs. Practices will vary considerably for log checks with those devices.

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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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Brake Safety Day inspection blitz resulted in nearly 1,700 trucks placed out-of-service

In total, inspectors in the U.S. and Canada inspected 7,698 commercial vehicles during the one-day event, and 22 percent were placed out-of-service for violations. Fourteen percent (or 1,064) of the 7,698 inspected vehicles had brake-related violations.

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Trends in violations, inspections move in truckers’ favor

Since year 2012, when the violation-free inspection percentage was below 40 percent, while the total number of inspections has remained relatively level and even fallen a little, violation-free inspection numbers have grown considerably, by more than 18 percent.

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POLL: Are clean (violation-free) inspections more common today than they used to be?

What's been your experience over the last five years? Do you feel inspectors are more likely today to actually finish and record a clean, violation-free inspection than before?

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Operation Safe Driver Week enforcement blitz begins Sunday

The annual enforcement blitz is scheduled for the week of Oct. 15-21. Officers will be looking for speeding, distracted driving, texting and driving, seatbelt usage, following too closely, improper lane changes, failure to obey traffic safety devices and more. 

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Appearances matter

"We're fighting some very public battles as an industry these days. It never hurts to spiff up your image a little while engaging with the press, or the public, or the shippers and receivers, for that matter."

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Nationwide brake inspection spree takes place next week

Inspectors will be looking for out-of-adjustment brakes, along with brake system and antilock braking system violations on Brake Safety Day. See the date here...

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OOIDA petitions FMCSA to withhold federal funding from 20 states for enforcement, including ELDs

The petition singles out 26 states that haven't as yet adopted the ELD mandate, while 20 of those are out of compliance with fed regs adoption rules in general, OOIDA says. The MCSAP program granted more than $65 million in funding to those 20 states last year.

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