Trucking Regulations

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4 Ways the New Overtime Rule Hits Trucking Companies

Your payroll expenses might take a big hit this December. That’s when a new law will change how overtime pay works. If you have any back-office employees who are salaried, there’s a good chance the new law will affect your business. There are four major decisions you'll have to make in order to stay compliant. Read More

Reader Poll: Have You Switched to Electronic Logbooks?

It's been a few months since the ELD mandate was made official. Carriers and owner-operators have until December 2017 to make the switch to e-logs, but we're curious how many of you have already made the switch. Are you shopping around for ELDs? Read More

New Food Safety Rules Turn Brokers Into Shippers

The FDA has released its final rule governing the safe transportation of food. In the new regulations, freight brokers are classified as shippers and can be held liable if something goes wrong. We talked to DAT customers experienced in arranging transportation of food products to see how the new rules will affect their business. See what they said. Read More

Are Work Conditions for Truckers a Crisis?

Long-haul trucking recently got some attention in the opinion pages of the emNew York Times/em. In an op-ed titled Long-Haul Sweatshops, Anne Balay and Mona Shattel argue that low driver wages and poor working conditions have created a crisis for the trucking industry. Read More

CSA Controversy Heats Up Again

Controversy over CSA scores heated up again when the FMCSA this week returned BASIC score absolute measures to public view. The Transportation Intermediaries Association condemned the move, saying it will only further generate confusion in the marketplace and will give the trial bar another arrow in its quiver to seek judgment against a 3PL for negligent selection. Read More

What is Driver Coercion?

January 2016 marked the starting date of a new regulation prohibiting the coercion of drivers. Freight brokers and 3PLs need to be aware of the new rule, especially if they have direct contact with drivers. Here, Nathaniel Saylor of the Scopelitis law firm answers some common questions about the new regulation. Read More

Without CSA, "We're Choosing Carriers Blindfolded"

Last month in our blog post CSA Scores Gone. Now What? we asked brokers what they thought of CSA scores being removed from public view. We received some very insightful comments that I’d like to share with you. Our company relied on CSA data to select a carrier to move our loads. We had the ability of making an intelligent choice... Read More

ELD Mandate: What's Required?

The FMCSA has finally published its mandate regarding electronic logging devices (ELDs). Carriers will have to start using electronic logs to record hours of service in two years—by Dec. 16, 2017. What's required? Trucks made before the year 2000 don’t have to have an ELD. ELDs don't have to include… Read More

ELD Mandate: What's Required?

The FMCSA has finally published its mandate regarding electronic logging devices (ELDs). Carriers will have to start using electronic logs to record hours of service in two years—by Dec. 16, 2017. Owner-operators were hoping for an exception, but the FMCSA didn’t exempt small businesses from the mandate. It did, however, make some changes that should help small trucking operations. What's… Read More

CSA Scores Gone. Now What?

Within hours of the new highway funding bill becoming law, the FMCSA removed CSA scores from public view. See the message you'll get when you try to look up CSA data on a carrier this week—and let us know what you think of CSA score going away. Read More