5 New Regulations that Could Change Trucking

Posted: 09 Jan, 2017 by Gary Land


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Categories: Trucking Regulations

Tags: CarrierOwner-Operator


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 -- possibly leading to higher freight rates, if capacity tightens -- there are several other proposed rules and regulations could also have major impacts on the trucking industry in 2017.

 

Here are 5 new regulations that could affect truckers and carriers the most.

ELD Mandate

Any truck driver who’s required to track Hours of Service must do so with an electronic logging device (ELD) by December 16. Some shippers may require the carriers they work with to make the change earlier than that. (According to the FMCSA site: "Drivers of vehicles manufactured before 2000" are exempt from the mandate, though there's some confusion as to whether the exemption will be based on manufacture date or model year.) 
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Hours of Service

Some portions of the HOS rules that were introduced in July 2013 were lifted again in 2014. The 2013 rules required 34-hour restarts to include two stretches between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM, and the restart could be used only once per seven days. Those provisions were suspended, and a study by the FMCSA and Virginia Tech University on the rules' safety impact will determine whether or not that suspension is permanent. According to Overdrive Online, the report is "under departmental review."
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MC Numbers

The Unified Registration System (URS) was scheduled to be fully implemented by January 14, but the FMCSA announced that it’s been delayed. Again. We should learn the new date sometime soon. Once it's in place, the URS will replace the FMCSA’s old registration system for operating authority, and going forward, all carriers, brokers, and freight forwarders will be identified solely by a DOT number instead of an MC, FF, or MX number.
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Speed Limiters

The public comment period closed last month on a proposed rule that would require speed limiters on vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 lbs. The FMCSA hasn't suggested what the top speed on the limiters would be. A large segment of those who participated in the public comment period argued against speed limiters, although some large carriers supported a 65 mph limit.
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Overtime Pay

New overtime rules were set to take effect last month, but a lawsuit filed in October by 21 states put the rules on hold. Current law says that any salaried employee making more than $23,660 per year is exempt from overtime pay. The new rules, if implemented, would push that limit up to $47,476 per year. It also would allow for 10% of commission or bonus pay to be counted toward the employee’s total compensation, but only if paid at least quarterly. Most drivers are paid by the mile, but dispatchers, salespeople, and other salaried employees could be affected.
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    Matthew fallon

    • 1/10/2017 7:41:43 AM

    I hope it goes into affect to prove a point. Fmcsa has no clue what goes on out here. Can u imagine njtp all trucks 65?? Convoy for miles n miles n miles. Different speed trucks keeps it all moving. It's common sense. Elds are not safer. Its a joke.

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    Stephen

    • 1/10/2017 11:47:13 AM

    EDL log books will put us out of business, as of Sept. 2017 when the Insurance come do we will fold the company up, it is just getting ridiculous at all the rules that are being put in place, as a 38 year driver and one truck we should at this time in are life be told how to drive by a computer. I have seen a lot of changes and not all good, but enough is enough you don't want good divers you just want driver that YOU CAN COTROL

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    Brad hayes

    • 1/10/2017 3:17:00 PM

    Question for the college educated dumbasses How many cars, on an interstate, will be held up by truck A governed, at 65 with a gross weight of 68,001 lbs while trying to overtake (pass) truck B grossing. 72,001lbs. Your right, there is no answere, yet! But I can assure you, you will find out how many 4 wheelers will be kissed off. Be sure to include your phone numbers on that speed limiter Bill so they can call you and tell you that you are a bunch of din idiots!

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    Kevin Mossman

    • 1/12/2017 8:03:18 AM

    Elds, speed limiters, and other new regs are killing the transportation industry. I have been in the trucking business for 7 years . I have been around trucking all my life. I have tried to speed limiters and Elds didn't make anymore money in fact I gained weight due to so much sitting time. I have my own business and truck and I will close down when the regs come into affect

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    r h

    • 1/12/2017 8:18:09 AM

    Enough you'll need to rethink what your doing. To the industry and to my family. Your just trying to control me and my truck. Way not go through the shipper and consignee and make them have rules sit in a dock for 5 to 8 hours buning up my clock and then say i not parkon their alot with no hours to do anything. What about that problem. I was made to mive my truck off there lot. I spent 800.00 to order a tow truck to move me 25 miles to the truck stoo this is BS.

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    david bock

    • 1/12/2017 8:35:51 AM

    It's just another way for the big trucking company to put the little guy out of business.

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    Steven couthen

    • 1/12/2017 9:42:06 AM

    I think it's bull we are barely making money as owner operators with paper logs and they want to put us on electronic logs!Dumb just Dumb

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    Hancock Smithers

    • 1/12/2017 9:53:48 AM

    Honestly, I think it's gonna come down to patriots vs cowboys for SB 51 with cowboys taking it all. Oh about the new laws, quit bitching and just continue going to work you sissys.

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    Mike Fournier

    • 1/12/2017 11:51:18 AM

    Time for us that voted for Trump to ask Him to return the favor, DE REGULATE THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY. Have long time professional truck drivers have a say in what is needed to keep the industry moving in a safe and orderly manner. I have been on the road since 1994 and as an owner/operator since 1997 Have a pretty decent record and frankly all of the regulations added in the books over the last years are useless to me and likely the same to a lot of other drivers doing what I do. So, Asking for our new elected President is a good idear

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    Wally brown

    • 1/12/2017 1:55:39 PM

    We have alot of power.shut them down for a week. See if we can get there attention. It would work I guarantee.

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    Gary belles

    • 1/12/2017 4:09:44 PM

    Wally Brown that has been tried so many times. I've been driving 35 years nothing ever changes. Almost every accident I see weather it's because of weather or whatever probably 95 percent are big company trucks not owner operators the government allows them to put new inexperienced drivers in trucks do we have to deal with it. This industry and country is heading for its end January next year wait til you see everyone looking for the stuff that didn't get delivered because of this

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    Billy

    • 1/12/2017 5:10:51 PM

    No one in power is going to take your comments seriously until you learn to spell simple 4 and 5 letter words. While you're (not your) sitting for 5 hours at a shipper, please spend an hour educating yourself on commonly misspelled words. They're (not their) not hard to learn. You are perpetrating the myth that truckers are stupid and don't know anything and are making it easy for policy makers, and others, to dismiss us because of this. Words matter.

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    Robert runston

    • 1/13/2017 8:41:37 AM

    I been a driver and a own operator , lost my ass because of all this I been around trucking all my life and doing it for 33 years , if they put a damper on trucks for speed and logs the truck stops are filled up already and you people don't know what all the drivers go threw out there on the road and if we have to have are speed changed then you need to put it in the cars too because 99 percent of accidents are all caused by car and you all want to blame it on the trucker , that's bullcrap I see a lot here in pa the car doing 20-30 mph over the speed limit a lot .its all for the money and making us go out of business if that happens just think where your going to get you food and everything. Else from dummasses

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    Zdenek B.Selepa

    • 1/13/2017 10:49:12 AM

    I believe law suit fair pay for Truckers is coming soon US Department of labor overseeing all industries but a driver .Government is the new employer of all USA drivers . Controlling New hires = Regulations, Pay per hr or salary = speed limitors and ELDs Controlling /regulating time off I am going to request a benefit package from department of labor and see what happens. Call your Senator and Congress People to propose new government pay and benefits package for truckers.

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    Steven

    • 1/26/2017 9:26:14 AM

    Im all for safety making the highways afe for my family and yours but for that to happen first we need to look at all the drivers out here I've been around truck since I was about 10 so I've been around them for 45 yrs sometime when you are in a truckstop just sit back and look and the drivers now days sometimes I wonder how the hell they make it across the street. What I'm getting to is there needs to be something to make all the schools push people though there needs to be a law or something for them accountability. The school needs to be longer and you can't put 1 student with somebody that has only been driving for a month

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    Jon

    • 3/27/2017 7:34:31 AM

    I have left the trucking industry, but still feel strongly about what is happening. I was on ELDs, and it was a learning process to get all the hours I could out of it (I stayed legal, so don't start complaining). We had to learn to manage the paper logs, we will have to learn to manage the electronic logs. I had a speed limiter for most of my career. I typically held a few mph in reserve for passing or accelerating out of a danger spot, etc. That should be considered by whoever sets the limits. I also wished there had been an override for the speed limiter. It could be a temporary override that takes a while to reset. That would help to climb that steep grade, or get me around that one truck I have been trying to keep my distance from for that last 2 hours. As with all new regulations, we can learn to live with them, but they should be well though out before implemented; some of these laws appear not to be. Most small to medium companies and most O/Os are safe and fair. A few large companies are fine as well. There are a few that ruin life on the road and push drivers to be dangerous. I'm not a lawmaker, so I don't know what they deal with, but I would imagine a better way. In particular, refining and replacing existing laws would be a first step. CSA scores and their incentives/consequences could be an area for improvement before just blanketing everyone with ELDs and speed limiters for example.

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    Bennie

    • 6/28/2017 5:13:42 PM

    Why not put camera on the truck & trailer to show what really happened out there because most of these four wheeler. Is the problem. We as truckers we need to stand up because they don't won't to pay us as it is and let them get out here run some of these loads. It a sham. Nobody !!! Stand For Us!!! We are hard working people to an some of us this is the only job that will give us a chance !!! But you all don't see that !! What happens to Land of The Free!! Tell Me!!!!!!

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    Mike Fournier

    • 6/29/2017 10:58:04 PM

    Let those bureaucrats set the speed limiters to what ever they think it should be and watch the consequences. let 2 big trucks try and pass each other on even a 2% grade during rush Hr. and see how many of the 4Wheelers use the shoulder to get around them or do some totally insane things to get ahead of the big trucks. Just watch, Or better still, go to our neighbors up North on the main Highway corridors and see how well the traffic flows when there are a bunch of trucks in the area. Fantastic traffic control. Now imagine where our speed limits are 70, 75, and 80 mph and this big truck decides to pass at 62 Mph You know that they run at least 5 to 10 mph over on top of that. Give it a minute......... CRUNCH. Call the meat Wagon someone was texting before impact. In as far as the ELD's are concerned, Those older trucks have doubled in value lately, Just purchased a couple of them. and in the process of refurbishing one of my old faithfuls. They were not engineered to fail in those days and when they did,., Usually got fixed with the change in your pocket.

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    Larry

    • 8/3/2017 11:39:37 AM

    I urge you all to contact your lawmakers and explain your view on these matters i have just got back in a truck after 10 years and found the infrastructure in the US is not ready for this mandate. There are not enough truck stops and rest areas available to accommodate all the vehicles that are on the road today. This mandate will be devastating to the smaller companies as mine. Again I recommend contacting your State Representative and senators and express your concerns

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    Kenneth.mccummings

    • 9/12/2017 12:33:35 PM

    Elogs are nt safe as they saying i experience drivers taking shortcuts to.save time no time to eat drivers are pushing themselves to hard

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    No name

    • 10/31/2017 6:18:25 PM

    I can't think of one good thing fmcsa has done

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    Coral

    • 12/4/2017 4:40:23 PM

    This new regulation will have trucks parking on shoulders, off/on ramps because they have run out of hours. Plus you can’t predict accidents which will have you sitting for hours. Also, some of the warehouses have you sitting for hours and you can’t move or you will get fined. These regulations need to be rescinded.

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    Stephanie Hammrich

    • 12/19/2017 12:05:19 PM

    What a great way for the government to keep sticking it to the little guy. Hope they are happy destroying families , driving out small business, and driving the price of things up so bad no one can afford to eat or stay warm.

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    jimmy prince

    • 12/27/2017 5:19:54 AM

    My boss started having me login and go by the rules about 3 weeks early so I could get used to the system. I am 53 and have been driving a truck for 27 years I totally agree with anything that would make the roads safer however these hours are only going to push the drivers into driving when they are tired and sleepy due to the black of total hours. I have always set my own pace taking a nap but make sure I got to my stop on time with no pressure well refreshed and alert now I have had two change my personal sleep schedule so I would be able to run XIV shrake with only a 30-minute nap. Who can take a nap in 30 minutes laugh out loud what a crock my suggestion to making the interstate safer is screening the drivers behind the wheel more thoroughly and making sure they can actually drive a truck as have good motor and cognitive skills. I suggest being able to split the 14 hours Within a 20 hour time frame as long as total driven hours we're still only 11.

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    Paula millican

    • 1/26/2018 3:27:47 PM

    Is there a size requirement for the letters on the side of your semi ? Ie name. Mc# etc?

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    Experienced Driver

    • 3/26/2018 5:32:35 PM

    While there most definetly are some CMV drivers who haven't any business at the controls of a tricycle let alone a CMV, what I would like to see is general education for the public in regards to the basics of what it takes to SAFELY operate a CMV. The general public used to respect that #80K vehicle and somewhere along the way as education was slowly removed from drivers education and ultimately drivers education was removed from the school systems, the public lost sight of giving that CMV the respect it demands. Not necessarily the driver, simply because there are some drivers that are so brain dead, I wouldn't piss on them if they were standing on the side of the road on fire, unless I was pissing jet fuel. When law enforcement begins to hold drivers of non-CMV responsible for their unsafe actions around CMV, then and only then will the unsafe actions that cause so many hiway accidents and fatalities begin to become a lower number. Oh wait, but there's to much money to be made from the trucks and the Trucking industry. Enough is enough. It is time the real facts be brought forward and the honest truth be told. I am sick and tired of a deregulated industry having regulation after regulation put on it. COMMON SENSE will go along long way towards reducing accidents and fatalities. But then the other way I look at it is that, some dumbass 4 wheeler that loses their life due to their stupidity and actions is one less JackWagon that I will ever have to cross paths with.

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