Regulations

Truckers using phone-based ELDs can change duty status away from truck, FMCSA says

FMCSA will, at least for five years, allow drivers using mobile device-based ELDs (those run on a phone or tablet) to change duty status outside of and away from their vehicle. Such changes in duty status will need to be annotated, the agency says.

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Round-up: The parking issue’s grassroots problems; And the California convoy that capped the ELD protest week

Too often, the roots grow against new-parking development -- Love's Travel Stops pulls out of Otsego, Minn., truck stop plans after local opposition. And: Video and more from the sizable anti-ELD demonstrations two weeks back out west.

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New ELD with no monthly fee

The Switchboard company has released its free mobile application, which with a onetime $250 investment in an ECM connecting device allows truck drivers to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic logging device mandate. 

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‘It’s time somebody starts looking out for the little guy’ — more voices from the ELD protests

On Overdrive Radio: As ripples continue to emanate from a renewed sense of camaraderie among many of the ELD-mandate-protest participants in D.C. and around the country, a run through a variety of conversations during protest days 1 and 2 a week and more back, and more from the mailbag.

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Board that sets carrier registration fees set to meet later this month

The Board is currently under scrutiny after a recently filed lawsuit claims the UCR Board met to decide fee changes without a public notice, as required by federal law.

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Fleets’ private eyes, platform No. 4: SmartDrive’s SmartIQ data analytics platform

From Overdrive's exploration of driver fatigue monitoring systems: Lytx' multi-camera system detects fatigue only insofar as signs of it are observed by event reviewers or can be extrapolated from on-highway interactions.

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Fleets’ private eyes, platform No. 3: Lytx’s ActiveVision add-on to the DriveCam service

From Overdrive's exploration of driver fatigue monitoring systems: Lytx is perhaps the biggest dual-camera-system purveyor, with its DriveCam system equipped in 400,000 trucks. Its new ActiveVision system adds machine-vision technology to the road-facing camera to detect lane departure, following distance and more.

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After ATA-organized event, Trump is getting an #ELDorMe tweetstorm

The ELD or Me Facebook group is tweetstorming at the President following another appearance at an event organized in part by the ATA, with nary a mention of ELDs, hours of service and other top operator concerns. Also: A reminder from an operator to take special care with cigarette butts.

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Fleets’ private eyes, platform No. 2: Netradyne’s Driver-i system

From Overdrive's special exploration of fatigue monitoring systems: A look at Netradyne's Driver-i system, which, in addition to a dual-view dashcam, is working on the ability to recognize signs of fatigue and distraction inside the cab.

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California DMV eyes altering regs to allow testing of completely driverless vehicles

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Wednesday released a revised version of proposed regulations that establishes a path for testing and public use of driverless– that is, completely unmanned — vehicles.

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