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With the new ELD mandate going into effect in less than a year, trucking companies will be dealing with a very different regulatory landscape. All interstate motor carriers will be required to have their trucks equipped with electronic logging devices by December, and truck drivers will have to switch over to electronic logbooks for their HOS logs. 

While the mandate has the potential to force some small carriers out of business -- possibly leading to higher freight rates, if capacity tightens -- there are several other proposed rules and regulations could also have major impacts on the trucking industry in 2017.

 

Here are 5 new regulations that could affect truckers and carriers the most.

ELD Mandate

Any truck driver who’s required to track Hours of Service must do so with an electronic logging device (ELD) by December 16. Some shippers may require the carriers they work with to make the change earlier than that. (According to the FMCSA site: "Drivers of vehicles manufactured before 2000" are exempt from the mandate, though there's some confusion as to whether the exemption will be based on manufacture date or model year.) 
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Hours of Service

Some portions of the HOS rules that were introduced in July 2013 were lifted again in 2014. The 2013 rules required 34-hour restarts to include two stretches between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM, and the restart could be used only once per seven days. Those provisions were suspended, and a study by the FMCSA and Virginia Tech University on the rules' safety impact will determine whether or not that suspension is permanent. According to Overdrive Online, the report is "under departmental review."
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MC Numbers

The Unified Registration System (URS) was scheduled to be fully implemented by January 14, but the FMCSA announced that it’s been delayed. Again. We should learn the new date sometime soon. Once it's in place, the URS will replace the FMCSA’s old registration system for operating authority, and going forward, all carriers, brokers, and freight forwarders will be identified solely by a DOT number instead of an MC, FF, or MX number.
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Speed Limiters

The public comment period closed last month on a proposed rule that would require speed limiters on vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 lbs. The FMCSA hasn't suggested what the top speed on the limiters would be. A large segment of those who participated in the public comment period argued against speed limiters, although some large carriers supported a 65 mph limit.
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Overtime Pay

New overtime rules were set to take effect last month, but a lawsuit filed in October by 21 states put the rules on hold. Current law says that any salaried employee making more than $23,660 per year is exempt from overtime pay. The new rules, if implemented, would push that limit up to $47,476 per year. It also would allow for 10% of commission or bonus pay to be counted toward the employee’s total compensation, but only if paid at least quarterly. Most drivers are paid by the mile, but dispatchers, salespeople, and other salaried employees could be affected.
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Matthew fallon
Matthew fallon

I hope it goes into affect to prove a point.  Fmcsa has no clue what goes on out here. Can u imagine njtp all trucks 65??  Convoy for miles n miles n miles. Different speed trucks keeps it all moving. It's common sense.
Elds are not safer.  Its a joke.  

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Garry Smith
Garry Smith

It is time for a real strike and rolling road blocks. No one has even mentioned the automatic braking systems and cameras inside the cabs.

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Darell M Gholston
Darell M Gholston

I agree with you wholeheartedly

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GetMoveZ and together we'll fix trucking!

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If you going to play that game make it by the hour. Industrial standered 120/hr.    Then we could care less of its a 55mph limit.65,000 pound limit. Who cares......

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Mohamed Ali
Mohamed Ali

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I agree . That is exactly what I said to my girl. I also heard they are making it so that if the truck moves even one foot it will change the duty status to on Duty but that part is hear say

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EDL log books will put us out of business, as of Sept. 2017 when the Insurance come do we will fold the company up, it is just getting ridiculous at all the rules that are being put in place, as a 38 year driver and one truck we should at this time in are life be told how to drive by a computer. I have seen a lot of changes and not all good, but enough is enough you don't want good divers you just want driver that YOU CAN COTROL  

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That's the plan....the big companies lobbeied to get this long time ago so they can make more money. With us out if the way they will.

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I agree enough is enough.  All should be asking g Trump to roll back the regulation  concerning EDL log books. These law makers have no ideal about the trucking business and how it is. They have never even road in 18 wheeler. Sick sick of all of them.

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michael jones
michael jones

I won't last long time is wasted loading and unloading loose time shower eat visit a LIFE P*** ON IT

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We're a three truck company that has been running ELD's for over a year and all it has done is improve driver performance. It hasn't cost us any more in time or money. No one has to take the time to audit log sheets, no more keeping them on hand for 6 months, no more DVIR's. Much easier system. I understand the fear, but we have had nothing but positive feedback from our drivers, two of which have been here for over ten years each. So,... only time will tell.

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GetMoveZ and together we will fix trucking!

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Question for the college educated dumbasses
How many cars, on an interstate, will be held up by truck A governed, at 65 with a gross weight of 68,001 lbs while trying to overtake (pass) truck B grossing. 72,001lbs.
Your right,  there is no answere, yet!  But I can assure you, you will find out how many 4 wheelers will be kissed off. Be sure to include your phone numbers on that speed limiter Bill so they can call you and tell you that you are a bunch of din idiots!

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Kevin Mossman
Kevin Mossman

Elds, speed limiters, and other new regs are killing the transportation industry. I have been in the trucking business for 7 years . I have been around trucking all my life. I have tried to speed limiters and Elds didn't make anymore money in fact I gained weight due to so much sitting time. I have my own business and truck and I will close down when the regs come into affect

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Enough  you'll need to rethink what your doing. To the industry and to my family. Your just trying to control me and my truck.
Way not go through the shipper and consignee and make them have rules sit in a dock for 5 to 8 hours buning up my clock and then say i not parkon their alot with no hours to do anything. What about that problem.  I was made to mive my truck off there lot. I spent 800.00 to order a tow truck to move me 25 miles to the truck stoo this is BS.

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Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson

I just read your comment about sitting at the shipper or consignee.  As of January 2016 a new reg. was implemented so you don't have to move if you are out of hours and you are at the shipper or receiver. The coercion rule that went into affect January 30, 2016  said fines of up to $16,000.00 for any carrier, broker shipper, receiver or anyone else in the supply chain who attempts to force drivers to operate their vehicle when it would violate federal to do so, such as when a driver is out of hours. So if this is a problem for you and they are trying to force you off their property when you are not legal to do so call the federal Marshall's office for that area and he will set them straight. Of course you probably won't be hauling anymore of their freight unless you get it off a load board.

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Tre Johnson
Tre Johnson

They seem to be concerned with everything except drivers getting paid fairy....We done anything sitting at a dock for 5 hrs.
And every driver should get hub miles...Its against the law to work off the clock but thats what drivers do everyday...were on the clock but no t getting paid for all the miles we drive

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JIM Stewart DENSON
JIM Stewart DENSON

I do not believe you paid 800 to toew your truck Sir.

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It's just another way for the big trucking company to put the little guy out of business.

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Steven couthen
Steven couthen

I think it's bull we are barely making money as owner operators with paper logs and they want to put us on electronic logs!Dumb just Dumb  

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if you  are barely making money now you should just give up right now, most o/o go out of business because they lack the ability to manage money.

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Drivers its time to take back trucking!!  Join now and get a 2% broker fee for life!  No Joke No Games!!  
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Hancock Smithers
Hancock Smithers

Honestly, I think it's gonna come down to patriots vs cowboys for SB 51 with cowboys taking it all.  Oh about the new laws, quit bitching and just continue going to work you sissys.

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Mike Fournier
Mike Fournier

Time for us that voted for Trump to ask Him to return the favor,

DE REGULATE THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY.

Have long time professional truck drivers have a say in what is needed to keep the industry moving in  a safe and orderly manner.

I have been on the road since 1994 and as an owner/operator since 1997  Have a pretty decent record and frankly all of the regulations added in the books over the last years are useless to me and likely the same to a lot of other drivers doing what I do.

So,
      Asking for our new elected President is a good idear  

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It was 'de regulated' when Reagan was president. Why do you think there are all these problems?  Trucking was mostly union back then and was deregulated to promote competition and you guessed it, lower wages. Now everybody and their brother has their own authority but cannot compete against the big boys with lots of money. Crying about elds only proves you're working for too little and can't cut throat any longer without going out of business...and proves how many dangerous people are driving too many hours a week.

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Robb: Trucking was deregulated under Carter, not Reagan.

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Wally brown
Wally brown

We have alot of power.shut them down for a week. See if we can get there attention. It would work I guarantee.

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Im in Driver..

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I agree with u

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Drivers its time to take back trucking!!  Join now and get a 2% broker fee for life!  No Joke No Games!!  
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Good Idea . i've heard that ,if all trucks will stop for 24h, they need a few good year to recover everything.

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Gary belles
Gary belles

Wally Brown that has been tried so many times. I've been driving 35 years nothing ever changes. Almost every accident I see weather it's because of weather or whatever probably 95 percent are big company trucks not owner operators  the government allows them to put new inexperienced drivers in trucks do we have to deal with it. This industry and country is heading for its end January next year wait til you see everyone looking for the stuff that didn't get delivered because of this

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Drivers its time to take back trucking!!  Join now and get a 2% broker fee for life!  No Joke No Games!!  
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No one in power is going to take your comments seriously until you learn to spell simple 4 and 5 letter words. While you're (not your) sitting for 5 hours at a shipper, please spend an hour educating yourself on commonly misspelled words. They're (not their) not hard to learn. You are perpetrating the myth that truckers are stupid and don't know anything and are making it easy for policy makers, and others, to dismiss us because of this.

Words matter.

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Billy, while I love your comment and agree with you, I can't let you slide.  The word you're looking for is perpetuating, not perpetrating.  You're right, words do matter.  Lol!

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That is perpetuating the myth.

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Are you sure you mean perpetrating vs perpetuating? I agree with what you're saying but I'm sure most of them are probably driving while they're typing in the letters and spell check is changing words. For example...accidentally put a space between the o and t and not becomes no t and because they're driving they  don't notice it. Pudding πŸ˜‚in proper punctuation would help clear up some of the comments as well. Hopefully I didn't make a mistake. πŸ™‚

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Speaking  ..... ( or writing  ) ..... of corrective spelling, did you  mean perpetrate the myth  ........ or perpetuate it ???
Seems like you're  ...( not your  )......
guilty of the very thing  you decry, aren't you  ??

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Robert runston
Robert runston

I been a driver and a own operator , lost my ass because of all this I been around trucking all my life and doing it for 33 years , if they put a damper on trucks for speed and logs the truck stops are filled up already and you people don't know what all the drivers go threw out there on the road and if we have to have are speed changed then you need to put it in the cars too because 99 percent of accidents are all caused by car and you all want to blame it on the trucker , that's bullcrap I see a lot here in pa the car doing 20-30 mph over the speed limit a lot .its all for the money and making us go out of business if that happens just think where your going to get you food and everything. Else from dummasses

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Zdenek B.Selepa
Zdenek B.Selepa

I believe law suit  fair pay for Truckers is coming soon US Department of labor overseeing
all industries but a driver .Government is the new employer of all USA drivers .
Controlling New hires = Regulations, Pay per hr or salary
= speed limitors and ELDs   Controlling /regulating  time off
I am going to request a benefit package from department of labor and see what happens.
Call your Senator and Congress
People to propose new government pay and benefits package for truckers.

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If they will pay drivers with at least 30$/hour from the moment when the driver will open the truck door to get in and when ELD will tell to stop driving, that would be okay for me I can drive with whatever mph 55-60-65 so long I get the money for every hour spend it behind the wheel, that's fine , if I get a check after 70 working hours  around 2000 bucks ok, if not, this kind of work it is not worth it driving with ELD, I was working o/o already with ELD the best check it was $1870 per week and it was and $700...ELD it will be a job killer for many drivers

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Im all for safety making the highways afe for my family and yours but for that to happen first we need to look at all the drivers out here I've been around truck since I was about 10 so I've been around them for 45 yrs sometime when you are in a truckstop just sit back and look and the drivers now days sometimes I wonder how the hell they make it across the street. What I'm getting to is there needs to be something to make all the schools push people though there  needs to be a law or something for them accountability. The school needs to be longer and you can't put 1 student with somebody that has only been driving for a month

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it doesn't matter how many months someone make the driving school, that don't guarantee at the end it will be a safe driver, the problem is driving schools don't have the right teachers to train new drivers, everything is about money and they are looking for some extra money in case if someone fail to exam...in the country where I'm originally from commercial driving school is for 6 months and after I took the license guess what, I was afraid to start driving a truck because they teach us only to pass the exam and this it happens here in U.S. also...I have already 6 guys what I was training them for free, in one week they were ready for exam and now they are safe OTR drivers...so, it is not the length of the school...

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I have left the trucking industry, but still feel strongly about what is happening. I was on ELDs, and it was a learning process to get all the hours I could out of it (I stayed legal, so don't start complaining). We had to learn to manage the paper logs, we will have to learn to manage the electronic logs.  I had a speed limiter for most of my career. I typically held a few mph in reserve for passing or accelerating out of a danger spot, etc. That should be considered by whoever sets the limits. I also wished there had been an override for the speed limiter. It could be a temporary override that takes a while to reset. That would help to climb that steep grade, or get me around that one truck I have been trying to keep my distance from for that last 2 hours.

As with all new regulations, we can learn to live with them, but they should be well though out before implemented; some of these laws appear not to be. Most small to medium companies and most O/Os are safe and fair. A few large companies are fine as well. There are a few that ruin life on the road and push drivers to be dangerous. I'm not a lawmaker, so I don't know what they deal with, but I would imagine a better way. In particular, refining and replacing existing laws would be a first step. CSA scores and their incentives/consequences could be an area for improvement before just blanketing everyone with ELDs and speed limiters for example.

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Why not put camera on the truck & trailer to show what really happened out there because most of these four wheeler. Is the problem. We as truckers we need to stand up because they don't won't to pay us as it is and let them get out here run some of these loads. It a sham. Nobody !!! Stand For Us!!! We are hard working people to an some of us this is the only job that will give us a chance !!! But you all don't see that !! What happens to Land of The Free!! Tell Me!!!!!!

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Mike Fournier
Mike Fournier

Let those bureaucrats set the speed limiters to what ever they think it should be and watch the consequences.

let 2 big trucks try and pass each other on even a 2%  grade during rush Hr.  and see how many of the 4Wheelers use the shoulder to get around them or do some totally insane things to get ahead of the big trucks.

Just watch,

Or better still, go to our neighbors up North on the main Highway corridors  and see how well the traffic flows  when there are a bunch of trucks in the area.

Fantastic traffic control.

Now imagine where our speed limits are 70, 75, and 80 mph and this big truck decides to pass at 62 Mph  You know that they run at least  5 to 10 mph over on top of that.

Give it a minute.........

CRUNCH.

                       Call the meat Wagon someone was texting  before impact.

In as far as the ELD's are concerned,

Those older trucks have doubled in value lately,

Just purchased a couple of them. and in the process of refurbishing one of my old faithfuls.

They were not engineered to fail in those days and when they did,., Usually got fixed with the change in your pocket.

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