Trucking Regulations

Post 11 to 20 of 73

First Post-ELD Roadcheck Coming June 5-7

International Roadcheck will hit North American highways June 5-7, and this year's focus will be on hours-of-service. This will be Roadcheck's first year following the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, which took effect Dec. 18, 2017.“The ELD mandate placed a spotlight on hours-of-service compliance,” said Capt. Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol, president of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which… Read More

ELD Survey: 91% Compliance Achieved by Small Carriers

The vast majority of owner-operators are ready for the ELD mandate, according to a recent survey by DAT. Many are unhappy with the electronic logs, however, which they blame for a loss of productivity and a resulting decline in income. Plus, it's harder to find parking for their trucks. Read More

ELDs Haven't Reduced the Number of Carriers — Yet

Leading up to the ELD mandate on Dec. 18, 2017, some industry observers had predicted a mass exodus of trucks from the industry. But that hasn't happened, at least not yet. According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of active carriers has actually ticked up slightly since ELDs became mandatory. There was just under a 1% increase in active carriers between December 18, 2017 and February 18, 2018.A few… Read More

Detention in ELD-Land: Will Shippers Change Dock Practices?

What’s been done to reduce detention – at origin and destination – to free up driving time in ELD-land, now that minutes matter more than ever? Is it realistic to expect shippers and receivers to change their operations to please truckers? How can carriers and drivers set themselves up for success? What is the broker's role? It's time for a fresh approach. Read More

ELD Mandate: How Has Your Business Been Affected?

After years of delays, changes, protests, and more delays, the ELD mandate is finally here. The new FMSCA regulation requires interstate motor carriers to have electronic logging devices installed in their trucks in order to track their drivers' hours of service. Most of the large carriers have been using electronic logbooks for years, so the new rule is expected to affect small carriers and owner-operators the most. Read More

ELD Mandate: D-Day or Soft Landing?

The ELD Mandate is just days away.In the two years since the final ELD rulemaking was announced, December 18, 2017 was seen as a D-day for trucking, with predictions of drivers hanging up their keys and loaded trucks stranded at inspection stations a week before Christmas, put out of service because they lacked ELDs. … Read More

Seidl: Brokers Can Educate Shippers on ELD Mandate

Freight brokers can play an important role in educating shippers and receivers about the ELD mandate and how it will affect carrier schedules, according to former FMCSA inspector and current DOT consultant John Seidl. The mandate takes effect December 18. "If the motor carrier can embrace ELD technology to increase operational efficiency, and if shippers and receivers can develop procedures to increase efficiencies in getting drivers… Read More

Flexibility of Paper Logs Doesn't Transfer to ELDs

There is no such thing as a regulation that talks about logbook flexibility but every driver that has ever used paper logs understands the flexibility that comes with paper logs. Years ago before ELD was ever invented the mega carriers main focus on log book rules was that the logbook was filled out correctly. Most drivers got paid per mile like it is today. To make more money you must drive more miles. This practice encouraged… Read More

How Can Freight Brokers Avoid Driver Coercion?

The Driver Coercion rule, which took effect in January 2016, prohibits coercing a driver to violate federal motor carrier regulations. One unique aspect of the rule is that it not only applies to carriers coercing one of its drivers, but also to brokers, shippers and receivers who have contact with the driver. Driver coercion is becoming… Read More

Brokers, Shippers, Receivers Must Avoid Driver Coercion

The Driver Coercion rule, which took effect in January 2016, prohibits coercing a driver to violate federal motor carrier regulations. One unique aspect of the rule is that it not only applies to carriers coercing one of its drivers, but also to brokers, shippers and receivers who have contact with the driver. Former FMCSA inspector John Seidl says that ELDs--with their inflexibility regarding hours of service--could be an additional… Read More