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. Under the new overtime rules, employers are required to pay overtime (time-and-a-half) to any salaried employee who makes less than $47,476 per year. That’s a little more than double the current minimum of… Read More

Reader Poll: Have You Switched to Electronic Logbooks?

Have you switched to driver e-logs?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… Read More

New Food Safety Rules Turn Brokers Into Shippers

DOCUMENTING TRANSACTIONS Rob LaForte, owner of Columbia Fresh Transportation Services, says his transportation management software (TMS) will be a great help in storing and retrieving the documentation required by the new FDA food safety rule. He uses DAT Keypoint broker… Read More

Are Work Conditions for Truckers a Crisis?

Long-haul trucking recently got some attention in the opinion pages of the New York Times. In an op-ed titled "Long-Haul Sweatshops," Anne Balay and Mona Shattel argue that low driver… 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 (TIA), a trade organization for freight brokers and 3PLs, has condemned the move. "These absolute performance measures will only further generate confusion in the marketplace when hiring a motor… Read More

What is Driver Coercion?

January 29 marked the starting date of a new regulation prohibiting the coercion of drivers. Freight brokers and 3PLs need to be aware of the new rules, especially if they have direct contact… 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. If you haven’t been following the news, the highway… 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?

Need information on carriers? Access information on motor carriers, including actual insurance certificates, using DAT CarrierWatch. FMCSA wasted no time in removing CSA scores from public view after passage of the new highway funding bill last Friday. CSA scores were… Read More