Regulations

OOIDA requests ELD mandate exemption for small businesses with no at-fault crash history

If granted, the exemption would include only such situated carriers who "do not have a Carrier Safety Rating of 'Unsatisfactory,' and can document a proven history of safety performance with no attributable at-fault crashes,'"

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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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Cross-border trucking reforms part of NAFTA negotiations

A rework of the U.S. DOT’s cross-border trucking program with Mexico is under consideration in a planned update of the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to Teamster staffer Mike Dolan. NAFTA currently allows any Mexican-based carrier to apply for authority to operate in the U.S.

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A potential role for cameras and wearables in regulating drowsy driving

Until very recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has largely ignored fatigue monitoring technology, and therefore any potential it has for a significant revision of the hours of service. Instead, regulators for decades have tinkered with the hours of service as if it were a magic template to solve the fatigue problem for every individual in every trucking application. Anyone familiar with trucking’s diverse operations and their  infinite disrupters knows this to be a pipe ...

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A guide to ELDs: Many choices, some low cost, for meeting mandate

On Monday, the U.S. DOT begins enforcement of its ELD mandate, which requires drivers to use electronic logging devices to track hours of service. See Overdrive's comprehensive guide to ELD compliance here...

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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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Hours of service: Fatal flaws, a slow response to potential fixes

The fixed 14–hour on–duty clock virtually forces truckers to continue to operate when they feel tired and otherwise would opt for a long break. With fatigue monitoring tech on the rise, is there hope for change?

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Why driver fatigue-monitoring tech could spread quickly among fleets

While fatigue–monitoring technology holds the potential for a new approach to addressing hours of service, few observers anticipate federal action in that direction in the near future. The integration of such systems, though, appears to be well on its way, with no need for a government decree.

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Are driver monitoring systems destined to upend hours of service regulations?

Fatigue-monitoring technology promises to drastically narrow the often vast gap between the government’s formula for alertness and the reality of frequent fatigue. Such systems applied to individual drivers could theoretically replace the clock-based system that attempts to cover all drivers.

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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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