Regulations

Trump DOT nixes sleep apnea rulemaking, bumps speed limiter mandate

The U.S. Department of Transportation, as expected under the Trump administration, has signaled it will not continue to pursue a rulemaking to mandate the use of speed limiters in the trucking industry, at least any time soon. However, the DOT still considers instituting sleep apnea screening protocol for truck operators and carrier employers as a near-term priority.

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Weak links can hamper app-based ELDs

Many ELD systems based on smartphone or tablet apps fall in the category of “bring your own device.” Because most rely on cellular and Bluetooth connections, BYOD systems can be more prone to connectivity problems.

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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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Bill to delay ELD mandate two years filed in House

If enacted, owner-operators would have two additional years, to December 2019, to switch from paper logs to an electronic logging device. The bill has hurdles to clear before becoming law, however.

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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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Efforts to change ELD mandate for smaller carriers gain steam in Congress

A panel of lawmakers in the U.S. House on Monday issued a report advising FMCSA to study whether a “full or targeted delay” of the federal ELD mandate is warranted.

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FMCSA adds tool for ELD makers to test units’ roadside data transfer capabilities

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has added an online tool that allows manufacturers of electronic logging devices to test whether their records of duty status (RODS) files will transfer properly to enforcement officers during roadside inspections.

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Voices on ELDs, hours, pay as grassroots efforts begin to bear fruit

As news out of Congress shows some of the results of anti-ELD mandate forces speaking out, this voices round-up brings commentary under Max Heine's July "Pulse" column on what one reader dubbed "the real problem" at the root of ELD issues, hours. Not everyone agreed, some seeing rates/money as the more bedrock issue in all the back-and-forth over ELDs and hours. 

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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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Human trafficking convicts would be barred for life from trucking under Senate bill

A bill introduced by the Senate’s Commerce Committee this week would permanently disqualify truck drivers from holding a CDL if they've been convicted of a human trafficking offense. The legislation part of a two-bill package aimed at combating human trafficking that occurs on U.S. roadways.

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