Trucking Regulations

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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

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

How Will Brokers Know if a Carrier is ELD Compliant?

With the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate just one month away (Dec. 18), freight brokers may be wondering how they will know if a carrier is ELD compliant. For example, could a broker see if a carrier is ELD compliant by looking at the FMCSA's Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) system website? The answer is no,… Read More

Why Would Truck Drivers Falsify Logs? It's the Meatloaf, Says Seidl

Why would a truck driver falsify time logs? According to industry consultant John Seidl of Reliance Partners, one answer is "meatloaf." Seidl, a former FMCSA investigator and MCSAP inspector, revealed this and other insights at the DAT User Conference, where he spoke about the potential impact of the ELD… Read More

How Freight Brokers Can Ease ELD Impact

The start date of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is now just 3 months away. And although authorities won't place trucks out of service until April for running without an ELD, trucks may receive citations for not having one by the mandate deadline of Dec. 18. So how can freight brokers mitigate the impact of the ELD… Read More

Trucks Without ELDs Won't Be Put Out of Service Until April

Heavy trucks still need to have an ELD by December 18. Congress withdrew a proposed bill that would have delayed the mandate by two years. However, trucks will not be placed out of service immediately when they're found without an ELD. The out-of-service enforcement has been postponed until April 2018, according to new guidance… Read More

Trucking Regulations: What's In? What's Out?

It’s been a busy few months on the regulatory front, and it's often hard to keep track of which proposed regulations are still moving forward and which have been shelved. Here's an update on some of the regs we've been tracking. Photo by… Read More

FMCSA Withdraws Sleep Apnea Proposal

This week the FMCSA withdrew an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which could have dramatically increased the number of truck drivers referred for sleep apnea testing. A person with sleep apnea actually stops breathing many times during the night, usually due… Read More

ELD Exemption: Truck Year or Engine Year?

The FMCSA recently clarified that the age of the engine, not the age of the truck, is what counts when looking for an exemption from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) requirement. In a change from what the agency had previously indicated, the FMCSA says that engines--not truck chassis--built before 2000 are exempt from having an ELD. On its… Read More

2-Year ELD Delay Proposed in Congress

Truckers will have until 2019 to install electronic logging devices (ELD) if newly proposed legislation becomes law. The ELD Extension Act was submitted to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee by Rep. Brian Babin (R, Texas) who announced the bill on July 19th.… Read More