Trucking Regulations

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CSA Scores To Remain Hidden for Now

The National Academy of Sciences just released its long-awaited study of the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) program. The 132-page report makes recommendations for improving the way FMCSA uses its data to assign safety rankings to carriers. It also recommends that the FMCSA study the impact of making CSA scores publicly available before… Read More

FMCSA Drops Bid to Increase Carrier Insurance

This week the FMCSA announced that it has withdrawn its proposed rulemaking which could have called for an increase in carrier liability insurance.… Read More

ELD Secrets That Every Broker Should Know

I've been an owner-operator for six years, and I was a company driver before that. I have built great relationships with freight brokers, and we share advice and tips to be successful in the spot freight market. I think that most brokers don't realize what a huge impact Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) will have on their business, starting only seven months from now.… Read More

5 New Regulations That Affect Freight Brokers

New food safety regulations that define brokers as shippers began earlier this month, and the FMCSA put on hold a new method for determining the safety of carriers. These are just two of the regulations we've covered recently in the DAT… Read More

New Food Safety Rules: Who Will Feel the Pain?

New rules regarding the safe transportation of food will go into effect April 6 for large carriers, brokers and shippers. What makes these rules different is that brokers are defined as shippers and they become equally responsible for ensuring the safety of food during transportation. On a positive note, most brokers, shippers and carriers don't fall into the large business category, and will have extra time to comply. The new… Read More

FMCSA Shelves Carrier Safety Fitness Determination

The Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) has been postponed. Brokers are disappointed that they still won't have a clear guideline to help select safe carriers. The carriers themselves wanted to kill the rule, because the guidelines were based on safety data that carriers consider to be badly flawed.Proposed rulemaking… Read More

2013 HOS Rules Doomed

A number of trucking publications have reported this week that the more restrictive hours of service restart rules—put in place in July 2013 and suspended in December 2014—will be permanently eliminated. Those rules required that a truck driver's restart must include two rest periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. and that the restart could only be used once per… Read More

Should I Use a GPS for Fuel Taxes?

Filing IFTA fuel taxes is all about keeping accurate records. Do you have all your fuel receipts? Do your drivers’ trip sheets cover every mile for all distance traveled? Do you know how many miles were driven in each state or province? And it’s not just about data collection: You also have to hang onto all those records for at least four… Read More

Final Stage of MC Number Rule Suspended

The trucking industry has spent several months waiting to hear from the FMCSA about when the final phase of the new Unified Registration System will go into effect. The plan is for the URS to eventually eliminate docket numbers, including MC numbers. Instead, carriers and freight brokers would be identified solely by their DOT number. After… Read More

5 New Regulations that Could Change Trucking

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 --… Read More