False Driver Log Violations Increase Ahead of the ELD Mandate Implementation
False Driver Log Violations Increase Ahead of the ELD Mandate Implementation

The most recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) roadside inspection data showed alarming results as the ELD mandate implementation date approaches. In the fiscal year 2017, which ended on September 30, roadside driver inspections and violations increased by just less than one percent, but the number of violations that resulted in an out-of-service (OOS) order increased by 4.5 percent — the highest since 2014.

According to the FMCSA’s Analysis and Information Online portal, roadside inspections are examinations conducted by the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) inspectors on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and/or drivers.

The…

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The FMCSA to Study the Effects of Excessive Commuting by Truck Drivers
The FMCSA to Study the Effects of Excessive Commuting by Truck Drivers

The FMCSA will soon request the approval of the Office of Management and Budget to conduct a study on excessive commuting by commercial drivers.

The prospective study, according to a notice posted by the FMCSA in the Federal Register on November 27, will look into the “impact of excessive commuting on safety and CMV driver fatigue, and the commuting practices of CMV drivers and policies of motor carriers.”

The agency considers traveling to work that takes more than 150 minutes as excessive commuting.

Once the OMB approves the proposed study, the FMCSA will ask for public comments on the…

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Carriers Truckers and the FMCSA Prepare for the ELD Mandate Implementation
Carriers, Truckers, and the FMCSA Prepare for the ELD Mandate Implementation

The final ELD rule is going to take effect in two weeks. Despite speculations, legal battles, and uncertainties that the ELD mandate underwent on so many occasions, it is all set to be implemented this month.

After the ELD mandate becomes mandatory, carriers and law enforcement will see a big change in the way they carry out their day-to-day operations. Motor carriers will have an independent device to automatically record their hours-of-service, whereas safety officials will have a quick inspection flow while obtaining data from ELDs.

Scott Sutarik, Associate Vice President of Commercial Vehicle Solutions at Geotab said,…

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OOIDA Requests ELD Mandate Exemption for Small-Business Truckers
OOIDA Requests an ELD Mandate Exemption for Small-Business Truckers

With just a couple of weeks left before the ELD mandate takes effect, OOIDA has requested the FMCSA a 5-year ELD exemption for crash-free small-business truckers.

A 90-Day Extension for Ag Haulers

OOIDA’s request comes just a day after the FMCSA’s announcement of a 90-day ELD mandate delay for ag haulers — including but not limited to those transporting livestock.

Joe Delorenzo, the FMCSA’s Director of Compliance and Enforcement, said in a media briefing that truckers hauling agricultural commodities and livestock would get an additional three months for complying with the ELD mandate….

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The FMCSA Will Provide Additional Guidance on ELD Transition
The FMCSA Will Provide Additional Guidance on ELD Transition

The FMCSA wants “the smoothest and least intrusive way to implement the ELD rule.” To make sure that happens, the FMCSA will soon provide additional guidance on ELD transition and enforcement procedures after December 18, 2017.

It is important to note that the FMCSA has confirmed that the ELD mandate compliance date is not getting delayed. The mandate is all set to take effect on December 18, 2017. However, they want to successfully implement the ELD rule in a manner that “improves safety without impeding commerce.”

The guidance on ELD transition that the FMCSA will soon…

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The FMCSA Allows 90-Day ELD Exemption to Ag Haulers
The FMCSA Allows a 90-Day ELD Exemption to Ag Haulers

Agricultural haulers now have until the middle of March next year to comply with the FMCSA’s ELD mandate.

Joe DeLorenzo recently made the announcement during one of his addresses and confirmed that ag haulers are getting a temporary ELD mandate exemption. He also added that they would post a public notice on the Federal Register announcing the extension of the deadline for ag haulers as well as some additional ELD transition guidelines to ensure a smoother transition.

It is important to remember that for the rest of the non-exempt truckers, the compliance deadline is still December 18, 2017.

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What Can You Expect After Full ELD Implementation
What Can You Expect After full ELD Implementation?

The ELD mandate is all set to take effect on December 18, 2017. Contrary to rumors, the compliance deadline is not going to be delayed.

The FMCSA, to ensure a successful and easier transition, has confirmed that ELD violations after December 18, 2017, won’t place vehicles out of service until April 1, 2018. The CSA scores also won’t take a hit until April 1. However, truckers without ELDs after December 18, 2017, will be cited and fined.

As the compliance deadline is just a few weeks away, we thought it would be best to discuss what carriers and truckers should…

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KeepTruckin Launches Petition to Add Flexibility to the 14 Hour Rule
KeepTruckin Launches Petition to Add Flexibility to the 14-Hour Rule

KeepTruckin has launched a petition to change the 14-hour FMCSA rule and extend it to 16 hours for drivers when they get detained by shippers or receivers for more than two hours.

According to KeepTruckin’s research, the 14-hour rule propels drivers to drive faster when they get detained, which is not safe or in accordance with the intended purpose of the 14-hour rule.

KeepTruckin also added that the 14-hour rule, sometimes, “fails to reflect the reality of life on the road” — which is something that most commercial property-carrying drivers would agree with.

The Problem

According to KeepTruckin, the problem is the detention…

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CVSA’s Brake Safety Day Results 14 Percent Vehicles Were Placed Out Of Service
CVSA’s Brake Safety Day Results: 14 Percent Vehicles Were Placed Out-of-Service

On September 7, 2017, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducted the annual Brake Safety Day with the goal of decreasing the number of road accidents due to faulty braking systems.

Out of the 7,698 Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) that were inspected, 14 percent or 1,064 CMVs were put out-of-service (OOS) due to brake-related issues. It’s also worth mentioning that during the International Roadcheck program conducted last year, 45.7 percent of all OOS violations were related to brakes.

The inspectors used a thorough, 37-step process in identifying and removing vehicles with brake issues.

Because the

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ELD Violations Won't Affect CSA Scores Until April 1, 2018
ELD Violations Won’t Affect CSA Scores Until April 1, 2018, Says the FMCSA

According to the FMCSA, carriers without ELDs after the (ELD) mandate compliance deadline won’t incur points against their CSA scores until April 1, 2018. The announcement was made last week during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Southern Regional Road Show in Birmingham, Alabama.

The new policy came just at the right time considering how the ELD rule’s implementation date is December 18, 2017.

The announcement follows a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) statement in August that noncompliant drivers won’t be placed out of service until April 1, 2018.

Duane DeBruyne, an FMCSA spokesperson, said: “After December 18,…

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