August 21, 2017

ELDs Must be Registered, The FMCSA Reminds Safety Officers

On August 9, Danielle Smith, a transportation specialist from the FMCSA’s passenger carrier division reminded law enforcement officers that ELDs (Electronic Logging Device) should be registered at the FMCSA. Danielle said, “It’s not an ELD unless it’s listed on our website. That’s going to be part of what you do

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August 17, 2017

The DOT Withdraws Proposed Sleep Apnea Rule

The DOT Withdraws Proposed Sleep Apnea Rule

As per recent reports, the DOT has withdrawn a sleep apnea rule meant to establish criteria for instituting sleep apnea screening requirements for truck drivers. According to a study by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and the University of Pennsylvania, approximately 28% of commercial drivers in the United States

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August 16, 2017

The Bill to Delay the ELD Mandate Unlikely to Garner Enough Support

The Bill to Delay ELD Mandate Unlikely to Garner Enough Support

A bill that was recently introduced by U.S. Representative Brian Babin to the Congress to delay the ELD mandate is unlikely to gain enough support to become law. The bill, entitled “H.R. 3282, the ELD Extension Act of 2017,” was introduced to the House of Representatives on July 18, 2017,

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August 11, 2017

The PLCA Aims to Seek ELD Mandate Exemption

The PLCA Aims to Seek ELD Mandate Exemption

Although there are less than 4 months left for the ELD mandate deadline, there are some groups who are still seeking exemptions from it. As per recent news, The Pipe Line Contractors Associations (PLCA) has requested the FMCSA to grant them ELD exemption. Additionally, MBI Energy Services, a water service

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August 9, 2017

The Pre-2000 Model Year Exemption Applies to Engines, Not the VIN

The Pre-2000 ELD Mandate Exemption Applies to Engines, not the VIN

A recent FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) publication indicates that the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate exemption is now based on the engine model year rather than the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). CMVs (Commercial Motor Vehicles) that are equipped with engines with the model year 1999 (or older) are no

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August 9, 2017

The Senate DOT Bill Skips ELD Mandate Changes

The Senate DOT Bill Skips ELD Mandate Changes

The DOT bill released by the Senate Appropriations Committee made no mention of changes to trucking-related policy reforms — such as the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate and driver breaks. The Senate’s bill differs from the version of the bill released by the House Appropriations Committee. The bill that was passed

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August 7, 2017

ELD Shortage is a Real Threat that Carriers Can’t Ignore

ELD shortage is a real threat that carriers can't ignore

As the compliance date of the ELD mandate approaches closer, carriers without ELDs might all flock to ELD vendors at the eleventh hour. This simultaneous purchase of ELDs would result in an increased demand for the product — translating into higher prices as well as unavailability of the electronic logging

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July 27, 2017

The FMCSA to Revise Compliance Date for Lease and Interchange Rules

FMCSA to Revise Compliance Date for Lease and Interchange Rules

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) released two rule-making documents on the lease and interchange of passenger vehicles last month. These publications tackled the final rule posted, last May 27, 2015, in the Federal Register entitled “Lease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of Passengers.” The first notice extends

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July 26, 2017

The FMCSA Releases Online ELD File Validator

FMCSA Releases Online ELD File Validator

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) recently posted an ELD file validator tool on their official website. The agency mentions that the tool can be used by individuals to check if their ELD’s output file “conforms to the technical specifications in the ELD Rule.” With the ELD mandate implementation

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July 24, 2017

The FMCSA Announces ELD Implementation National Tour

FMCSA Announces ELD Implementation National Tour

The Federal Motor Carrier Service Administration (FMCSA) has introduced yet another program — a National Educational Tour — to bring commercial vehicle drivers on board with the ELD implementation mission. With the aid of the Department of Transportation (DoT), this 5-month-6-stop national tour is taking place across the country. The

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