The FMCSA Proposes to Change Guidelines on Personal Conveyance
The FMCSA Proposes to Change Guidelines on Personal Conveyance

The ELD mandate became mandatory on December 18, 2017, which only emphasized the importance of personal conveyance and special driving statuses. Commercial drivers have been asking questions about personal conveyance, and to make things easier for truckers, the FMCSA has now come up with a proposal to slightly alter the personal conveyance guidelines.

The current guidance allows drivers to use their trucks as personal vehicles when traveling to their home, a restaurant, or a motel along their route. The same guidance, however, states that before a truck is used for personal conveyance, it should be unladen.

The FMCSA…

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The FMCSA Formally Issues Waiver To Delay ELD Compliance For Ag, Livestock Haulers
The FMCSA Formally Issues Waiver to Delay ELD Compliance for Ag, Livestock Haulers

Deputy Administrator Cathy F. Gautreaux of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has signed the waiver to officially grant a limited 90-day ELD compliance extension to livestock and agricultural haulers.

According to the waiver, “FMCSA grants a limited 90-day waiver from the Federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations pertaining to electronic logging devices (ELDs) for the transportation of agricultural commodities as defined in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).”

The haulers covered by the waiver have until March 18, 2018, to start using ELDs.

The action was taken by the FMCSA in response to a request by the National…

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The ELD Mandate Magnifies Parking Shortage, Washing Truck Exec Says
The ELD mandate Magnifies Parking Shortage, Washington Truck Exec says

The FMCSA’s ELD mandate is magnifying the shortage of truck parking spaces, according to the Executive Vice President of Washington Trucking Associations, Sheri Call.

The shortage of parking spaces for commercial motor vehicles was already a significant industry issue, which was also included in the ATRI’s report 2017 which highlighted the top 10 issues that the trucking industry is currently facing. While the driver shortage problem tops that list, the problem of limited parking spaces is at number four.

Industry experts, trucking associations, and lawmakers have taken notice of the situation and are…

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Senators Support One-Year ELD Mandate Extension for Livestock Haulers
Senators Support One-Year ELD Mandate Extension for Livestock Haulers

A group composed of 20 senators backed a proposal to give livestock and insect haulers at least an extra ten months to comply with the FMCSA’s ELD mandate. According to the proposal, haulers of livestock and insects will have until October 2018 to install electronic logging devices and comply with the ELD rule.

The support was expressed by the Senators in a letter sent to Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell of (R-Kentucky) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York) earlier this month.

The legislators mentioned that giving livestock and insect haulers a 10-month extension to comply with the…

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ELDs May Help With California Labor and Wage Laws Compliance
ELDs May Help With California Labor and Wage Laws Compliance

The ELD mandate is now mandatory. There were a lot of bumps — and delays from smaller fleets and owner-operators when it came to ELD adoption — but things are looking better now. A recent survey conducted by CarrierLists earlier this month revealed that the compliance rate had reached over 75%.

On the other hand, despite having one of the highest numbers of regional carriers, California is still among the slowest states to adopt ELDs. However, apart from complying with the Federal hours-of-service rules, ELDs have multiple benefits for California-based trucking…

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A Latest Survey Reveals that Three Quarters of Small Fleets Now Have ELDs
A Recent Survey Reveals that Three Quarters of Small Fleets Now Have ELDs

75% percent fleets of the 361 small fleets that CarrierLists reached out to, as a part of their latest survey, have already installed electronic logging devices. It was revealed in CarrierLists’ latest survey.

The small fleets that participated in the survey have between five and one hundred trucks.

While the compliance rate that CarrierLists reported is a good improvement, the figure is still not enough. The ELD mandate has become mandatory, and non-exempt fleets and truckers now require compliant electronic logging devices to continue operating smoothly without risking heavy penalties and fines.

Low Compliance Rates

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The FMCSA Will Issue a 90-Day ELD Waiver for Short-Term Rental Trucks

According to a recent development, the FMCSA has agreed to grant a temporary 90-day ELD waiver for short-term rental trucks.

One important thing to note here is that “short-term” rental trucks will be defined as being rented out for a period of 30 days or less. This will be a noticeable change from the last time the FMCSA granted a temporary ELD exemption to TRALA, which was only granted to trucks rented for a period of eight or fewer days.

As you might remember, a few months ago TRALA requested the FMCSA to grant a 5-year ELD mandate…

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The FMCSA's ELD Mandate is Now Mandatory
The FMCSA’s ELD Mandate is Now Mandatory

It’s December 18, 2017. The long-awaited industry change is here, requiring all eligible commercial truckers to start using electronic logging devices. Paper logs are now no longer the norm, leaving only ELDs and compliant AOBRDs to record RODS.

In this post, we recap the important points that you need to know about the ELD mandate, its implementation, some recent changes and temporary exemptions, and what to expect after December 18, 2017.

The ELD Rule

The ELD rule published by the FMCSA requires most commercial truckers to install electronic logging devices. The mandate was…

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Key Lawmakers Defend and Support the FMCSA’s ELD Mandate
Key Lawmakers Defend and Support the FMCSA’s ELD Mandate

On November 29, the House Small Business Committee discussed the ELD mandate. Many lawmakers, industry experts, and safety proponents supported the mandate and defended its implementation date — December 18, 2017.

The key lawmakers believe that a fast-approaching mandate about using ELDs would enhance safety across the trucking and freight sectors. Alma Adams strongly supported the FMCSA’s final ELD rule. She said:

“It seems to me it’s just a change from paper to something else. Everything is kind of moving toward computers and technology.”

She also added that — based on the FMCSA’s estimates — truckers would be able…

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Cascade Drilling Chooses KeepTruckin to Achieve ELD Mandate Compliance
Cascade Drilling Chooses KeepTruckin to Achieve ELD Mandate Compliance

Drilling industry giant Cascade Drilling has chosen an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) provider to help them comply with the upcoming ELD mandate.

After doing a pilot test on ELDs from five manufacturers that they shortlisted from a number of potential candidates, Cascade Drilling picked has KeepTruckin as their ELD provider.

The collaboration between both industry giants comes just in time, with the ELD mandate implementation deadline just around the corner. As per the ELD rule, most Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) are required to use FMCSA-compliant ELDs by December 18, 2017.

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