violations

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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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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Freight niche transition — HHG to expedited with owner-operator Greg Huggins

Podcast: A talk with Greg Huggins, currently leased with a 2015 Cascadia straight truck to Landstar Express America, about his transition three years ago from two decades and more of household-moves hauling. And: A prediction on scale house inspectors after the ELD mandate.

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Out-of-service conditions related to ELDs

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s updated out-of-service criteria include those related to electronic logging devices. None are new OOS conditions. Rather, they’re footnotes related to current OOS conditions having to do with the hours of service, namely having no log book, having no previous seven days of logs and presenting a false log. All require putting the driver OOS for 10 consecutive hours.

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Presenting logs with ELDs at roadside

Running with an e-logs device is one thing. Communicating e-log data to an inspector is quite another. With five months to go, states’ data transfer plans vary widely, and an ambitious federal program remains untested.

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FMCSA increases fines for regs violations

The U.S. DOT has increased fines across the board for violations of federal trucking regulations, it announced Wednesday.

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CVSA 2017 out-of-service criteria changes go into effect April 1

Few significant changes from years past have been made, but new out-of-service conditions related to the electronic logging device mandate's December enforcement are included.

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Fighting tickets: Resources for finding legal representation

In addition to driver-centric legal resources, state and local bar associations' online or phone referral services also may yield good results.

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Fighting tickets: Don’t forget DataQs to clear your PSP/CSA record

While prospective employers/lessors aren’t strictly required to use FMCSA's PSP reports to view prospective drivers’ roadside inspection violations and recordable crashes, plenty do. Any violation marked on an inspection report will be included there going back three years, and any crash, five years.

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