regulations

Freedom from deception

House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows, "friend to the blue collar worker, opponent of over-regulation and champion for the small businessman," until it comes crunch time... "And the caucus might want to look up the word 'accountability' before throwing it around anymore." ...

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The decline of human civilization began with ‘safety concerns’

"Hey y'all, guess what? You can pump your own gasoline in Oregon now. Legally, even." ... How 'safety' was used to justify retention of the self-service ban over the years ...

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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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2017 year in review: A month-by-month look at trucking’s top stories

In addition to ELDs, President Donald Trump’s regulatory freeze in January, the permanent removal of the 34-hour restart regulations, the withdrawal of a potential sleep apnea rulemaking and more were some of the most-read stories of the year on Overdrive.

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How to graze in greener pastures

There’s a lot more to running an owner-operator business than chasing the next sweet bonus or an extra penny per mile. With downtime and other matters, the total cost to change carriers can run into thousands of dollars. Don’t let a rash decision force you to repeat the process too soon.

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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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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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FMCSA delays ELD compliance for ag haulers for 90 days

Truckers hauling agriculture loads and livestock will receive an additional 90 days to comply with the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Monday. The waiver gives such haulers until mid-March to adopt an ELD.

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And just what a-‘bot’ that amateur-hour advocacy group

As reports surface of "bots" commenting on regs, Wendy expresses doubt, with humility: "I'm just part of that 'amateur-hour' advocacy group who didn't nonetheless make a 'rookie mistake' by encouraging 'bots' to do a job people need to be doing themselves with genuine, applicable, relevant information to have any credibility."

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