regulations

14-hour, ELD reform should be top priority for new FMCSA administrator, readers say

Readers delivered on our call for viewpoint on just where the next FMCSA administrator's priorities should sit -- the electronic logging device mandate stood out, with views toward hours of service reform with an emphasis on greater split-sleeper flexibility a primary theme.

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Congressional low-hanging fruit for the Babin ELD delay bill, and a real shortage in Puerto Rico

Recall the House Freedom Caucus, which called for review/repeal of a myriad of regs (ELD mandate included) as Trump came into office? These caucus members voted against the recent delay amendment. And: An actual shortage of haulers in Puerto Rico in Hurricane Maria's aftermath.

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Voices on the call for a shutdown starting October 3

This week’s edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast takes a run through the mailbag following last week’s conversations with organizers of two ELD mandate protest actions set to take place in Washington, D.C., beginning Oct. 3.

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Hours regs suspended in seven states ahead of Hurricane Irma landfall

A Regional Emergency Declaration issued by USDOT suspends hours regulations for drivers and carriers providing "direct assistance" to areas affected by Hurricane Irma, which is expected to make landfall in south Florida early Sunday morning.

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Storms update: Florida suspends trucking regs ahead of Irma, Houston ports and major fuel pipeline reopen

Though the effects of Hurricane Harvey’s recent onslaught of Southeast Texas remain well in focus, another major hurricane is barreling down on the U.S., prompting Florida to extend trucking regulations ahead of Irma's likely weekend landfall.

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Log-editing ‘flexibililty’ in current-generation AOBRD e-logs v. ELDs

At least one company is promoting functionality in its electronic log that allows use in "AOBRD mode" to make edits from the back office account and not leave a trail showing the original log. Problem is, regs require retention of the original log ...

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Trump EPA eyes changes to tractor-trailer emissions regulations

EPA said in a brief announcement Thursday that it will “revisit” the so-called Phase 2 emissions standards related to trailers and glider kits, citing “significant issues raised by stakeholders in the trailer and glider industry.”

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American Road and Transportation Builders support ELD exemption, stress 14-hour-rule issues as well

ARTBA's support for the Pipe Line Contractors' request for an ELD exemption re-stressed the largely short-haul construction operators' long support for an exemption from the hours rules entirely for transportation construction companies.

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ELDs’ weak links, redux

How the DC Transport fleet solved the issued of dropped Bluetooth connections between the ECM plug-in device and operators' busy smartphones -- dedicated tablets for logs.

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FMCSA rejects fleet’s 30-minute break exemption request

In its denial, FMCSA says when the 30-minute break provision was proposed, it was based on research that stated periods free from work were followed by improved work performance. The agency says the break benefits drivers and improves safety.

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