Regulations

POLL: What’s been your biggest issue with ELD equipment?

If you're among the numerous owner-operators who've been forced into transitioning to e-logs in recent times, what's been the biggest issue you've experienced with your provider/device, if any?

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OOIDA asks House committee to hold hearing on ELD mandate

Continuing in its so-far-unfruitful appeal to lawmakers, courts and regulators to reevaluate the federal electronic logging device mandate, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has asked the leaders of the House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold a hearing on its concerns surrounding ELD implementation.

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OOIDA wants court to rehear case over sleep apnea guidelines for truckers

Following a court’s dismissal of the case in January, OOIDA has filed a motion for the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear its argument that FMCSA illegally altered sleep apnea screening guidelines for truck drivers. FMCSA refutes OOIDA's assertions, and the court sided with FMCSA in January.

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Martinez takes the helm at FMCSA

Raymond P. Martinez, the new administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has officially assumed the role as boss of the U.S. DOT's trucking and bus regulatory agency, FMCSA announced late Wednesday. Martinez was selected last fall by President Trump to head FMCSA. He was confirmed by the Senate in February.

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Do truckers pay enough for highways? White House suggests not

In an annual economic report issued by the White House, the Trump Administration again pushes for ramping up Interstate tolling to drive revenue for highway projects. It also questions whether trucking pays enough in taxes to offset "negative externalities generate."

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Search returns to certified medical examiner site; FMCSA mum on hack details

Photo of a Map on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Website

Truckers can now search the DOT's online registry for certified examiners by zip code, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, but the full registry remains offline three months after a hack prompted its outage.

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Study used in glider emissions reversal under review, school tells EPA

Tennessee Technological University, paid by Fitzgerald Glider Kits to perform a study measuring the exhaust emissions of glider kit trucks, has told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to disregard the study until the university can “assure its validity.”

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FMCSA grants waiver to help hurricane-displaced Puerto Ricans obtain CDLs

FMCSA has issued a 90-day waiver from proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residence and domicile requirements for Puerto Rican citizens relocating to the U.S. in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. The agency is also seeking comments on a longer exemption with the same terms.

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Use DataQs to contest 395.8(a) violations written for not having an ELD prior to April 1

If you incurred a 395.8(a) prior to April 1 simply for not having an ELD record and you were keeping paper logs, challenge it through the FMCSA DataQs process to remove it from carrier records.

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Several states consider measures to block ELD mandate enforcement

The bills mostly cite concerns of small business truckers as the reasons to repeal the mandate or suspend its enforcement, as well as the potential for the mandate to drive up prices of goods for consumers. Legislators in South Dakota, Missouri, Tennessee and Idaho have introduced resolutions taking aim at the mandate.

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