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Potential impact of the ELD mandate on the trucking industry

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Potential impact of the ELD mandate on the trucking industry Analysts are looking closely at what the implementation and enforcement of what the ELD mandate will look like throughout the industry.

Even as the electronic logging devices (ELD) mandate is set to come into effect three months from now, out of the 3.5 million trucks in the industry, the majority are yet to install ELDs. Most of these are small carriers and owner operators, who are against the ELD mandate and are waiting until the eleventh hour in hopes of the mandate being stalled.

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FMCSA: Public meetings on ELDs, CSA didn’t require notice

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FMCSA: Public meetings on ELDs, CSA didn’t require notice

Public meetings held last week and this week by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration did not require a formal public announcement in the U.S. Federal Register or a 30-day advanced notice, agency spokespersons said this week.
Discussion topics of the meetings, as publicized by FMCSA last week, include prominent trucking regulations like the electronic logging device mandate, the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and other safety regulations.

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FMCSA holding impromptu meetings on trucking regs, including ELDs

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, with no public notice to the trucking industry or trucking media, is in the midst of a three-stop tour intended to gather input from trucking stakeholders on some of the agency’s most prominent regulations.
Two meetings will be held next week: In Collegeville, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, Aug. 15, and the other on Thursday, Aug. 17, in Denver, Colorado. The first meeting was held Tuesday, Aug. 8, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Though the agency did not publicize the meetings in any way, they were listed this week obscurely on FMCSA’s website under the Events section.

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FMCSA Pulls Back on Sleep Apnea, Removing Exemption Requirement for Diabetic Drivers

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made significant announcements regarding two pending rulemakings, first the obstructive sleep apnea ANPRM and the notice concerning elimination of the exemption requirement for Diabetic drivers.
Sleep Apnea Rulemaking Withdrawn
Despite noting lingering concerns about the potential dangers of obstructive sleep apnea, FMCSA also announced in the Federal Register on Aug. 7 plans to formally withdraw a 2016 advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking information on the potential for adopting standards to assess risks associated with transportation workers in safety sensitive positions diagnosed with apnea.

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Bill cleared by Senate excludes policy reforms made by the House

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Earlier this month, the House Appropriations Committee had passed a bill that delays livestock haulers from complying with the upcoming electronic logging device (ELD) mandate by a year. The bill also includes provisions for the Denham Amendment and also blocks a Safety Fitness Determination rule from being enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) until the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program of the agency is modified accordingly. The FMCSA was also asked to determine if the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate should be delayed.

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ATA much like the emperor with his new clothes on ELD mandate

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So, the American Trucking Associations came out throwing wild punches this past week on the electronic logging mandate.
The prose of the letter can easily be described as frenzied and blustering. It was the letter version of someone so mad that they stammer, yell and spit. In the end, all you get out of it is they are mad that a delay of the ELD mandate is picking up steam.

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Making the ELD Mandate Work for You

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Making the ELD Mandate Work for You

Even if the current legislative effort on Capitol Hill succeeds in its goal of delaying the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for two years, it is still only a delay: ELDs still seem poised to eventually become a routine part of everyday trucking life of owner-operators and company drivers alike.

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FMCSA withdraws rulemaking on obstructive sleep apnea

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FMCSA withdraws rulemaking on obstructive sleep apnea Sleep apnea recommendations have been made to railroad operators by the FRA, but FMCSA is standing by its previous position, despite a joint rulemaking between the agencies earlier this year.

The withdrawal of the proposed rulemaking on obstructive sleep apnea by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is creating confusion and uncertainty among truck drivers.

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Trucking industry divided over proposed delay of ELD mandate

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Trucking industry divided over proposed delay of ELD mandate

The bill introduced by U.S. Representative Brian Babin to delay the implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate by two years has become a subject of controversy. On one hand, the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is fully appreciative of the bill after its efforts to stall the mandate were rejected by the Supreme Court.

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Congress attempts to pass legislation that restricts rest breaks for California truckers

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Congress attempts to pass legislation that restricts rest breaks for California truckers
Image Source: (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

A Congressional attempt has been made to restrict the rest periods that California truckers are allowed under state laws. Truckers are allowed a 30-minute meal break every five hours and a 10-minute every four hours when they are working. This is extremely important for safety.

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Havis releases ELD mandate guide

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Havis has released a new whitepaper to help fleet managers strategically plan their implementation of the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate.
Havis’ “The Impact of ELD Mandate on a Total Mobility Solution” details steps for planning and implementing the new standards, including choosing eligible devices and software, and securing the devices inside the vehicle.

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Large fleet gets exemption for pre-CDL drivers

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Large fleet gets exemption for pre-CDL drivers

New Prime, part of national fleet Prime Inc. (No. 15 on the CCJ Top 250), has been granted an exemption by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to allow its pre-CDL drivers who have passed the CDL skills test to drive in team operations without a CDL holder in the front seat, as regulations require.

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Abbott signs law to enlist truck drivers in fight against human trafficking

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Abbott signs law to enlist truck drivers in fight against human trafficking

AUSTIN — A Houston state senator Friday hailed the new state law mandating training for truckers to help combat human trafficking and said she will urge other states to follow Texas’ lead.
“We will be putting thousands of sets of eyes and ears out there to help in our efforts against this this horrible epidemic,” said Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, who authored the legislation.

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Details on out-of-service conditions related to ELDs, come December 18

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Details on out-of-service conditions related to ELDs, come December 18

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s announcement of the availability of this year’s updated edition of its out-of-service criteria handbook noted the addition of criteria related to electronic logging devices. Unlike for other updates, however, the alliance didn’t spell out what those additions were.
None are new out-of-service conditions, perhaps the reason they weren’t directly shared. Rather, they’re footnotes related to current out-of-service conditions having to do with the hours of service themselves, namely having no logbook, having no previous seven days of logs, and presenting a false log, all of which call for an out-of-service declaration for the driver in force for eight consecutive hours.

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Mixed reaction to health care bill; trucking impact uncertain

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Mixed reaction to health care bill; trucking impact uncertain

Mirroring the view throughout the nation, the trucking industry is mixed on its initial thoughts regarding the U.S. House of Representatives passing an Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) replacement bill on Thursday.
While the American Health Care Act (AHCA) targets the individual market, it could cause a ripple effect on employer-based plans and it almost certainly will affect individual truck drivers.

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ELDs and safety: Wes Memphis weighs in

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ELDs and safety: Wes Memphis weighs in

Safety: It’s been a big part of the stated rationale behind all manner of regulations coming down the pike over the last decade, whether hours of service changes that were later determined to have little significant safety benefit and scrapped (though only after Congress stepped in and shut the door) and, now, of course, to ELDs. In its official, as-yet failed challenge to the ELD rule, OOIDA made a big deal out of what its attorneys deemed little more than the agency’s mathematical “sleight of hand” in justifying crash-reduction benefits expected from the ELD mandate.

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Matousek to lead OOIDA's government affairs team

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Matousek to lead OOIDA's government affairs team

OOIDA announced this week that Mike Matousek will be the Association’s new director of government affairs. For the past three years, Matousek has served OOIDA as head of the state legislative affairs team – a position he will keep. Matousek will remain in the Grain Valley headquarters and will work closely with the executive staff and the D.C. office on strategy and direction for OOIDA’s overall advocacy efforts. Since April 2014, he’s been tracking, analyzing and actively developing OOIDA’s involvement in state legislative issues. Matousek will continue to advance those initiatives along with directing the Association’s efforts on Capitol Hill.

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Trump “considers” truckers’ call for fuel tax increase

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Trump considers truckers’ call for fuel tax increase

With potentially conflicting campaign promises to lower taxes and to come up with a trillion dollars to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure, President Trump on Monday acknowledged the trucking industry’s concern over the deteriorating condition of highway system—and he opened the door to raising the federal tax on gasoline and diesel for the first time in almost 25 years.

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Request for hair testing in drug screening draws mixed reactions

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Request for hair testing in drug screening draws mixed reactions

A number of trucking industry groups and motor carriers expressed support for using hair samples instead of urine when testing for drugs during pre-employment screenings of truck drivers. But in comments filed with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made public this week, other groups and individuals questioned the reliability and fairness of testing hair.

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Trucking groups take ELD fight directly to DOT boss

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Trucking groups take ELD fight directly to DOT boss

With time waning on the issue, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association still hopes to convince the courts or regulators to kill the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate before the Dec. 18 deadline for compliance. One of its most recent tactics has sparked a competition for the attention of the head of the DOT herself, Secretary Elaine Chao.

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OOIDA: Video shows why speed limiters on trucks would be bad for all vehicles

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OOIDA: Video shows why speed limiters on trucks would be bad for all vehicles

Truckers won’t be the only ones to suffer if the government implements a proposed speed limiter mandate for heavy trucks and other large commercial vehicles. To illustrate the point, The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association produced a video demonstrating the dangers of speed-limited trucks, particularly to motorists in passenger vehicles.

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OOIDA asks Supreme Court to review ELD mandate case

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OOIDA asks Supreme Court to review ELD mandate case

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review its case on the electronic logging mandate. In its petition to the Supreme Court, the international trade association asked the court to determine whether the electronic logging device (ELD) rule violated the Fourth Amendment by failing to create a regulatory structure at the state and federal levels that serves as a substitute for a warrant.

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ATA pleased with proposed worker ID reforms

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ATA pleased with proposed worker ID reforms

ARLINGTON, VA – The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is thanking leaders of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for the introduction of legislation to increase the efficiency and security of the trucking industry by transitioning the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program closer to a “one-stop-shop” for clearances.

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Letters: Entry-Level Driver Training, Cost Containment

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Letters: Entry-Level Driver Training, Cost Containment

I watched the video of your LiveOnWeb: Recruiting Young Drivers webinar (3-15) regarding how to reach the younger generation to become drivers. One thing that caught my ear was listening to Kevin Burch, chairman of American Trucking Associations, discuss the regulatory concerns about drivers under 21 being able to drive intrastate but not interstate. This has been a concern of mine for well more than 15 years. As Kevin has stated, there has been a lot of talk, even a congressional push two years ago, to change the regulation. I agree that if we are to survive as an industry, this regulation needs to be changed.

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FMCSA compliance chief on ELDs: Fleets, make sure you're doing this

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FMCSA compliance chief on ELDs: Fleets, make sure you're doing this Aaron Marsh/ Fleet Owner

With the Dec. 2017 "due date" for using electronic logging devices, or ELDs — or their predecessor automatic on-board recording devices — in commercial motor vehicles now about nine months out, Joe DeLorenzo, director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Office of Compliance and Enforcement, has advice and a few requests for fleets during this, for many, confusing run-up period to the deadline.

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CA Bill Adds Driving Time to Driver Training Rule

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CA Bill Adds Driving Time to Driver Training Rule

A California state lawmaker is aiming to pass a bill that will add to the minimum entry-level driver requirements. Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, is the sponsor of SB158 that would require 30 hours of driving for a Class A CDL and 15 hours for a Class B license. This would be in addition to the federal minimum standards set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which doesn’t require behind-the-wheel time. Many safety advocates and OOIDA have asked that the FMCSA add minimum driving time.

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Penske case over wages for meal, rest breaks one of many similar disputes

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Penske case over wages for meal, rest breaks one of many similar disputes

SAN DIEGO — Penske Logistics recently settled a case over wages for meal and rest breaks for $750,000. The settlement comes after nine years of legal proceedings. The class-action lawsuit was filed by three of the company's drivers alleging that it failed to pay them for all hours worked under California labor laws and failed to pay them for meals and rest breaks.

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Snow-free vehicle mandates pursued in Illinois, New York

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Snow-free vehicle mandates pursued in Illinois, New York Image source: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

As parts of the Northeast prepare to dig out from this week’s winter storm, legislators in New York and Illinois are addressing concerns about snow and ice removal from atop cars and trucks. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and countless truck drivers are opposed to rules that permit police to pull over drivers whose vehicles were not cleared of snow or ice.

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Trump orders federal agencies to revoke two existing regulations for each new one enacted

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Trump orders federal agencies to revoke two existing regulations for each new one enacted U.S. President Donald Trump signs the second of three Executive Orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington,DC on Monday, Jan 23,2017. These concerned the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP), a US Government hiring freeze for all departments but the military, and 'Mexico City' which bans federal funding of abortions overseas(Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

President Trump in his second full week in office continues his crusade against new and existing federal regulations. Trump signed an executive order Monday directing federal agencies to eliminate two “prior regulations” for “every new regulation issued.”

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Manitoba Increases Weight Allowances for Trucks

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Manitoba Increases Weight Allowances for Trucks

Manitoba’s trucking industry will be allowed to haul heavier weights to help improve competitiveness through changes to the Vehicle Weights and Dimensions on Classes of Highways Regulation, Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen announced. The announcement was made during Red Tape Awareness Week, which was proclaimed by the Manitoba government to highlight a focus on reducing unnecessary regulations and administrative burdens.

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Trump orders agencies to freeze new regulations, ELD mandate likely shielded

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Trump orders agencies to freeze new regulations, ELD mandate likely shielded President Trump’s order to freeze new regulations likely won’t affect existing — though fresh — trucking regulations, such as the electronic logging device mandate.

President Trump issued Friday an order to executive agencies directing them to freeze all new regulations pending further review by Trump and his team. It’s unclear, however, whether this rule will affect any coming trucking regulations, especially since the administration’s memo, circulated by Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, allows for regulations related to “health, safety, financial or national security matters” to continue.

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Outgoing FMCSA boss: Trucking safety, commerce go together

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Outgoing FMCSA boss: Trucking safety, commerce go together FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling at a truck stop with Jim Johnston (middle), president of the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association, and truck driver Leo Wilkins (right).OOIDA photo

Trucking needs to do a better job of promoting itself, outgoing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Scott Darling said Thursday in a last-day conference call with trade media.

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SC Bill Advances to Allow Trucks to "Platoon"

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SC Bill Advances to Allow Trucks to Platoon

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – A South Carolina House subcommittee unanimously passed a bill Tuesday afternoon to allow trucks to follow each other much closer than they’re allowed to now, a process known as "platooning." The bill would apply only to trucks with new technology that links them to the trucks they’re following.

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OOIDA: Speed limiter proposal would make America's highways more dangerous

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OOIDA: Speed limiter proposal would make America's highways more dangerous Image Courtsey: Overdrive

Calling it just one more in a long line of initiatives aimed at getting the government to perform the duties that should be the responsibility of large fleets to screen, train and monitor their drivers, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association asked federal regulators to reconsider a proposal that would mandate speed limiters on heavy vehicles.

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