Small fleets and owner-operators are lagging in ELD compliance
Smaller fleets and owner-operators are lagging in ELD compliance

According to the ongoing survey by CarrierLists, smaller fleets (with less than 20 trucks) and owner-operators are still lagging in complying with the FMCSA’s ELD mandate. Their compliance rate is hovering around 85%.

On the other hand, larger fleets (fleets with more than 20 vehicles) have a compliance rate of up to 98%.

According to Kevin Hill, the President and Founder of CarrierLists:

“For the six months we have been releasing weekly ELD compliance results, three categories have always lagged the field: smaller fleets, regional operators, and dry bulk haulers. All three continue to drag the…

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TRALA wants the ELD mandate exemption to be extended
TRALA wants the ELD mandate exemption to be extended

After being granted a 90-day reprieve from the ELD rule on January 19, the association of truck rental companies wants another exemption.

This time, however, TRALA wants the ELD exemption for short-term rental trucks — defined as trucks leased for 30 days or less — to run until the end of 2018.

TRALA explained that giving them until the end of 2018 to comply with the ELD mandate “would provide rental-vehicle owners, carriers, and drivers with additional time to develop compliance strategies for dealing with the unique issues relating to the use of ELDs in short-term rental vehicles.”

According…

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The FMCSA explains return-to-duty procedure ahead of April 1, 2018
The FMCSA explains return-to-duty procedure ahead of April 1, 2018

In the next few days, authorities will start issuing out-of-service orders to non-exempt drivers without an FMCSA-compliant ELD solution.

With the mandate’s full enforcement on the horizon, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a return-to-duty procedure for drivers who will be receiving out-of-service orders for not having an electronic logging device after April 1.

According to the FMCSA’s announcement, “Carriers subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that do not have an ELD when required will be placed out-of-service. The driver will remain out-of-service for 10 hours in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)…

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7 tips for installing ELDs in 2018
7 tips for installing ELDs in 2018

As you know, the FMCSA’s ELD mandate has been effective since December 18, 2017. Non-exempt commercial drivers are required to install electronic logging devices to stay compliant.

However, according to a recent Bloomberg/Truckstop Quarterly Truckload Survey, approximately 868,000 drivers ended 2017 without a compliant ELD solution.

There were several reasons they didn’t comply in time. Some CMV drivers couldn’t find the right ELD solution; some waited for the vendors to ship their electronic logging devices; a few of them had exemptions, while some gambled on a potential delay in CVSA enforcement.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced in September…

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Industry experts explain how driver training can simplify roadside inspections
Industry experts explain how driver training can simplify roadside inspections

Although the ELD mandate became effective at the end of last year, there are still some drivers who don’t know exactly how they should proceed during roadside inspections.

Industry experts, however, believe that driver training can easily resolve this problem that some drivers face during inspections. If drivers know what they have to do during ELD inspections and which documents they must keep with them, they would be more comfortable and confident during roadside inspections.

Speaking at a seminar, Kerri Wirachowsky, the CVSA’s Director of the Roadside Inspection Program, advised that fleet carriers should work on training their…

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Livestock/ag haulers now have 3 more months to comply with the ELD mandate
Livestock/ag haulers now have 3 more months to comply with the ELD mandate

The FMCSA has given another 90-day extension to livestock and ag haulers to comply with the ELD mandate.

They have now until June 18 to install compliant electronic logging devices. In the meanwhile, they can continue to use paper logs when required.

Backdrop

Although the ELD mandate became effective on December 18, 2017, livestock and ag haulers were finding it difficult to comply with the FMCSA’s mandate.

The agricultural industry faces unique and complex challenges; their problems were magnified with the implementation of the ELD mandate. Therefore, the FMCSA decided to grant a 90-day…

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Canadian ELD mandate to “mirror” the ELD rule in America
Canada’s ELD mandate to “mirror” the ELD rule in the USA

To avoid any conflict between Canada and the United States over electronic logs, a top-level officer of the Canadian Transport Alliance (CTA) told that the proposed Canadian ELD mandate would “mirror” the U.S. ELD mandate.

Speaking at the Omnitracs Outlook 2018 held on February 27 in Nashville, CTA’s Senior Vice President of Policy Geoffrey Wood said, “The goal of this effort in Canada is to mirror the effort here in the U.S.

The Canadian government published the draft ELD rule in the Gazette on December 16 last year. Wood hopes that after…

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Raymond Martinez become the new head of the FMCSA
Raymond Martinez becomes the new head of the FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration now has a new boss.

Raymond P. Martinez, President Trump’s choice to head the agency, has officially assumed the FMCSA’s top post.

The FMCSA is an agency under the U.S. transportation department and regulates the trucking and bus industry in the United States.

Transportation secretary Elaine Chao, who swore Martinez in, said, “Ray’s years of experience promoting traffic safety at the state level, as well as his knowledge of the commercial motor vehicle industry, will help FMCSA fulfill its critical mission of improving truck and bus safety.”

Martinez described his appointment as “an honor and privilege” to…

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How the spot market fared in February
How the spot market fared in February

DAT reported that the average van rate nationwide dropped last month. However, that was expected to happen.

Mike Sullivan of DAT said: “That’s pretty typical.”

What’s less typical is that the national average is still higher than it was at any point in 2017.”

Sullivan noted that spot prices slumped “more slowly” in February. However, last month’s volumes were still higher compared to any point in 2017.

The spot market has been performing well after the ELD mandate took effect on December 18.

In fact, Truckstop.com reported that spot market per-mile rates in all three…

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The DOT set up a search tool; full registry remains offline
The DOT has set up a search tool; full registry remains offline

The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) updates that truckers can now search the DOT registry for certified examiners using zip codes. However, the full registry stays down after the hacking event that occurred a few months ago.

The FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners online system was hacked that prompted its outage. Concerns about the vulnerability of drivers’ and examiners’ data were raised. But the FMCSA on January 9 ensured that the data was protected, and apparently, nothing sensitive was stolen.

“There was no evidence of exposure of the personal information of drivers, medical examiners or motor carrier operators,”…

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