Trucking groups and fleets ask for exemptions from the ELD mandate
Trucking groups and fleets ask for exemptions from the ELD mandate

Four more trucking groups and fleets have recently requested the FMCSA for exemptions from the ELD mandate. They have requested for five more years to continue operating without electronic logging devices.

Here are the details for each exemption request.

1. Cudd Energy Services (CES)

CES has demanded an ELD exemption for “specially-trained drivers of commercial motor vehicles specially constructed to service oil wells.” This exemption, if granted, would apply to 1,858 trucks and 939 drivers.

CES falls under the ELD mandate as its drivers don’t qualify for the 100 air-mile short-haul exemption. The CES representatives maintain…

2018 carrier registration period finally starts after 3-month delay

After a three-month delay due to legal issues, the annual Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) process for this year finally started on January 5, Friday.

The UCR board of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has also reduced the fees carriers need to pay to register with the department. The board oversees the federal and state registration of motor carriers and brokers.

The registration fees have been lowered by 9.1 percent across the board.

Next year, the registration fees will go up slightly. However, it will still be 4.6 percent lower compared to last year’s fees.

Based on the new fee structure, a hauler…

The FMCSA seeks comments on OOIDA’s ELD exemption petition for small carriers
The FMCSA seeks comments on OOIDA’s ELD exemption petition for small carriers

Stakeholders and members of the trucking industry can now comment on a petition seeking the five-year ELD mandate exemption for small carriers. The petition requested by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is open for comments until the 1st of February.

Most commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) operating in the U.S. have been required to use an ELD from December 18, 2017.

The ELD exemption request by OOIDA

The OOIDA requested the FMCSA in November 2017 to exclude small businesses with no at-fault accidents on their record and have a “satisfactory” or “conditional” safety rating.

The Small Business…

Clean Inspections in 40 States Improve, Data Reveals
The percentage of clean inspections improve in 40 states, data reveals

Data released recently showed that 40 of the 48 states in the continental United States had small to marked increases in the percentage of inspections without violations.

The report was good news to the trucking industry as carriers benefit whenever their vehicles get clean inspections — their Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores improve, as a result.

2016 was the first full year to pass since Congress kept CSA scores from being publicly accessible. This came after several truckers raised issues on data quality and scoring fairness to lawmakers.

Also, after declining for a few years, the data revealed that roadside examinations rose by…

Tighter, Favorable Market Conditions for Truckers After ELD Mandate Implementation
Tighter, favorable market conditions for truckers after ELD mandate implementation

While the contract rates in 2015, 2016, and the first half of 2017, were mostly tough, last year’s second half showed a very different story — the market conditions shifted in favor of truckers after the implementation of the ELD mandate.

If that isn’t good enough news for truckers, the soaring rates are expected to continue for the first six months of 2018, according to forecasters and industry experts.

According to DAT Analyst Matt Sullivan, because of the Christmas freight rush and several operators going on holiday vacation, it’s hard to single out the full effects of the newly implemented

What Happened in 2017? Recapping 15 Major Events
What happened in 2017? Recapping 15 major events

For America’s trucking industry, 2017 has been quite a decisive year. Donald Trump became the President in January and at the end of the year, the ELD mandate became mandatory for most commercial drivers.

Other than these two major events, there were plenty others, including court cases, protests, and regulation changes.

In this blog post, we briefly recap the major events that happened during 2017 and directly or indirectly affected the trucking industry.

1. January started with a freeze on new regulations by President Donald Trump. The freeze apparently didn’t have a huge impact, but it still delayed the…

A Long Haul Carrier VP and a Truck Driver Talk About ELDs
A Long-Haul Carrier VP and a Truck Driver Talk About ELDs

The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate became mandatory on December 18, 2017.

As the federal government now requires most truckers to use compliant ELDs, trucking companies are now experiencing the advancement and growth that comes with the technology.

However, before that happens completely, the trucking sector would have to undergo a minor learning curve. After all, whenever new technology is introduced (regardless of the industry), the people involved often need some time to adjust.

The good news is that truckers are already coming around electronic logging devices. They are also seeing the various benefits these devices have to offer.

In this…

Canada Publishes a Draft Version of Its ELD Mandate
Canada Publishes a Draft Version of Its ELD Mandate

On December 16, Canada came out with a draft of her own version of the ELD mandate, one that is very similar to the U.S. ELD rule that took effect last month.

Canada’s proposed ELD regulation is expected to be finalized within two years — following public comments and review.

According to an official of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), the Canadian version is “99.8% in line” with America’s ELD rule, where commercial drivers are required to use compliant electronic logging devices. It is also important to remember that Canadian truckers who operate in the…

Electronic Logging Devices Help Drivers With Coercion Complaints
Electronic Logging Devices Help Drivers With Coercion Cases

One of the many advantages of ELDs is that they protect drivers against coercion. The FMCSA, as well as industry experts, believe that electronic logging devices would help drivers with coercion complaints by providing supporting documentation that could be used as evidence in coercion cases.

In a recent conference hosted by Stifel Capital Markets, John Seidl, who is a transportation consultant and accounts executive at Integrated Risk Solution, also echoed the same thoughts.

Seidl said, “If drivers are pressured by their carrier, a broker, a shipper, or a receiver to bend the rules to pick up or deliver…

The ATA Marks the ELD Implementation Date as a New Era for Trucking
The ATA Marks the ELD Implementation Date as a New Era for Trucking

December 18, 2017, was the implementation date of the ELD mandate, which made electronic logging devices compulsory for all non-exempt commercial drivers.

Under the ELD mandate, non-exempt commercial vehicle drivers are required to record their duty statuses electronically using FMCSA-compliant electronic logging devices. Unless you are exempt from the ELD mandate — or if you have a malfunctioning ELD — paper logs won’t work for you.

Although the ELD mandate experienced some resistance from a few trucking groups (mainly, OOIDA), the use of electronic logging devices does have numerous benefits for truckers, carriers, and shippers.