4 Reasons to Start ELD Implementation Now
4 Reasons to Start ELD Implementation Now

The ELD mandate deadline is growing closer with each passing day. With less than four months to successfully implement ELDs, more and more fleets are growing restless to find the perfect ELD solution for their needs.

However, there are still some carriers who are waiting for the last moment to start the ELD implementation process. Such companies can face a lot of problems as the compliance date comes closer.

In this blog post, we are going to highlight four big reasons to start the ELD implementation right now. Acting quickly does have its advantages. Waiting for the last moment, on the…

The FMCSA Introduces ELD Online File Validator Tool
The FMCSA Posts an ELD File Checker Online Tool

An ELD file checker tool was recently released by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) on their official website. The ELD manufacturers are encouraged by the agency to use the tool to confirm if their output file conforms with the technical standards of the ELD Mandate.

FMCSA also announced that they would be adding new enhancements and helpful tools soon on their website.

These features are meant to help device developers with their registration and certification process. With how the ELD…

The FMCSA Launches ELD National Implementation Tour
The FMCSA Launches ELD Implementation Outreach Tour

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a nationwide educational tour for ELD implementation.

The ELD implementation national tour announced by the FMCSA is intended as an educational outreach program aimed at providing commercial fleet owners and drivers with guidelines on transitioning successfully to electronic logging devices, before the December 18th, 2017, deadline.  

The campaign will include several cities across the country, where the FMCSA subject matter experts will give driver-focused presentations and have panel discussions on ELD implementation. The tour staff will also be…

Doctors Confirm Driver Fatigue as the Biggest Challenge for Commercial Drivers
Doctors Confirm Fatigue is the Biggest Challenge for Drivers

Fatigue — by definition — is the feeling of tiredness after working for too long. It is an unrelenting exhaustion that keeps your energy low and affects your performance, your motivation, and your concentration at work.

We all know that fatigue is one of the major challenges for truck drivers and one of the major causes of accidents on the road. The FMCSA has clearly stated that driver fatigue is one of the biggest reasons of road accidents. Introducing Hours-of-Service regulations and electronic logging device mandate are all steps…

9th Circuit Court of Appeals Settles Mexican Truck Permits Issue
9th Circuit Settles Mexican Truck Permits Issue

On June 29, 2017, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit petitioned by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

This case was filed against the Department of Transportation (DOT) with Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) as the union’s intervenor. The litigation reviewed the FMCSA’s authority in allowing Mexican-domiciled carriers to perform long-haul operations throughout the United States, which effectively ended Mexico’s imposition of retaliatory tariffs on the States due to an agreement breach.

The basis of the argument presented was the methodology of a pilot program previously…

FMCSA's Safety Measurement System is Sound, Report Suggests
FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System is Sound, Report Suggests

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) evaluated the FMCSA’s Safety Management System (SMS) and released its review report last month.

The report named “Improving Motor Carrier Safety Management” remarked: “Safety Management System used to identify commercial motor vehicle carriers at high risk for future crash risk is conceptually sound.”

However, the remarks — which neither questioned nor doubted the credibility of FMCSA’s safety measurement system — also noted some deficiencies and limitations. The report then made certain suggestions for improvement.

Here are all the…

Sanderson Continues Fight Against CSA Scoring System
Sanderson Continues Fight Against CSA Scoring System

Tom Sanderson, the C.E.O. of Alliance for Safe, Efficient, and Competitive Truck Transportation (ASECTT), wrote a letter to its members last month. In the letter, he promised the members that ASECTT would continue to call for reforms in the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program. He also gave a clear agenda and working strategy to continue their battle against the CSA scoring system.

Sanderson opened the letter by reminiscing how their organization was labeled as a ‘lunatic fringe’ in 2011 by the Washington insiders. Following the recall, he highlighted the significant increase…

FMCSA announces split sleeper berth pilot program
FMCSA Announces a Split Sleeper Berth Pilot Program

On June 6, 2017, FMCSA announced the proposal of a split sleeper berth study pilot program. The program has been under contemplation since November 2015. The pilot program aims to analyze and compare driver behavior and performance between the consolidated and the split-sleep pattern.

The FMCSA said, “Driver metrics would be collected for the duration of the study, and participants’ safety performance and fatigue levels would be analyzed.”

The outcomes would decide whether or not the FMCSA should pursue reforms in the current Hours-of-Service regulations…

FMCSA announces two new rules to address truck driver shortage
FMCSA Proposes Rules to Address Truck Driver Shortage

The natural shortage of commercial drivers has been plaguing America’s trucking industry for quite a while now. In an attempt to reduce this natural shortage of commercial drivers, FMCSA has announced proposals to two new rules.

These rules are expected to arrest the downward trend and improve the employment conditions of commercial drivers in the United States.

On the release of the proposals, the Deputy Administrator of the FMCSA, Daphne Jefferson said, “Taken together, these two proposals will help ease the entry for thousands of qualified individuals into career opportunities as professional truck…

Our Roads, Our Safety Campaign - FMCSA's latest National Safety Campaign
FMCSA Asks Everyone to “Share the Road Safely”

Promoting road awareness and safety has always been a primary objective of America’s Department of Transportation (DoT). FMCSA, aka the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, shares that vision and continues to make new efforts to improve road safety for everyone. FMCSA’s latest national safety campaign, “Our Roads, Our Safety” is its most recent attempt to increase awareness, educate people on safely sharing roads, and preventing as many accidents as possible.

FMCSA announced this new national safety campaign in collaboration with…