electronic logging devices

Final Conversion to ELDs Two Months Away…Are You Prepared?

Final Conversion to ELDs Two Months Away…Are You Prepared?

On Dec. 18th, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate went into effect, requiring the switch from paper logs to electronic, cutting back on tampering and improving driver safety.  Truckers, however, were not issued out-of-services due to compliance failure until April 1st, 2018, giving them more time to adjust to the change.  Additionally, those carriers utilizing automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) were grandfathered in for two years, giving them until Dec. 16, 2019 to replace their AOBRDs with ELDs.

Driver Detention Accounts for Large Problem Among Carriers, FMCSA Seeks Comments

Driver Detention Accounts for Large Problem Among Carriers, FMCSA Seeks Comments

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wants your input!  Published in the Federal Register on June 10th, the agency is seeking comments regarding “data sources, methodologies and potential technologies that could provide insight into loading and unloading delays experienced by [commercial motor vehicle] drivers,” including the frequency and severity detention has on drivers. (1) 

Trucking Updates: The Latest Happenings in the Industry and What You Need to Know

Trucking Updates:  The Latest Happenings in the Industry and What You Need to Know

Hours-of-Service Reform:

Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that the agency was in the process of creating a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) which would bring about major changes to Hours-of-Service regulations for truck drivers.  While exact changes that the agency is looking to reform have not yet been made available, greater flexibility for on and off-duty time was one of the initiatives FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez hinted at during a speech he made at the Omnitracs User Conference in Dallas. (1)  A NPRM was expected to publish this month but the partial government shutdown may cause a delay.

Trucking Industry Adjusts to ELD Mandate as Focus on HOS Compliance Sharpens

Trucking Industry Adjusts to ELD Mandate as Focus on HOS Compliance Sharpens

The trucking industry is now preparing for Phase 3 of the Electronic Logging Device legislation that began the implementation process on February 16, 2015.  The legislation to better control hours-of-service reporting was set to phase in after the final ELD rules were published in December of 2015 with a compliance date of December 2017.

Carriers Say Goodbye to Shippers who Detain Drivers as ELD Mandate Draws Near

Carriers Say Goodbye to Shippers who Detain Drivers as ELD Mandate Draws Near

Less than a month away from the compliance date of electronic logging devices, carriers are taking measures to soften its impact, including purging their customer base of those shippers/consignees with a history of detaining drivers.

ELD Violations Will Not Affect CSA Scores Until April, Group Asks for HOS Extension for Detained Drivers

ELD Violations Will Not Affect CSA Scores Until April, Group Asks for HOS Extension for Detained Drivers

During yesterday’s Southern Regional Road Show event in Birmingham, AL, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration field administrator, Jon Dierberger, announced that electronic logging device violations would not affect a carrier’s CSA scores until April 1st.

Driver Shortage Tops ATRI List of Critical Trucking Issues

Driver Shortage Tops ATRI List of Critical Trucking Issues

The American Transportation Research Institute released its report “Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry” this week, which identified the top concerns and challenges along with strategies for each according to 1,557 motor carriers, drivers, and stakeholders in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  Results from the report were as follows:               

Trucking Updates: What You Need to Know This Month

 Trucking Updates: What You Need to Know This Month

Freight Index:  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, freight transported via trucks, rail, air, waterways and pipelines decreased nationwide by 0.8% in June.1  The loss was mainly suffered by trucks and waterways while freight via air, intermodal and rail carloads saw an increase in freight.1

ELD Out-of-Service Orders Won’t Take Effect Until April 2018

 ELD Out-of-Service Orders Won’t Take Effect Until April 2018

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate goes into effect on Dec. 18th of this year, truckers will not be issued out-of-services due to compliance failure until next year, according to an announcement by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) earlier this week.

Trucking Updates

 Trucking Updates

Earlier this year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration advised the industry that a proposal, which would acknowledge hair testing as an acceptable form for a carrier to drug test its employees, would likely be released by year’s end or early 2018.  But given that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was required to issue guidelines for hair testing by Dec. 4th, 2016 (a year after the FAST Act highway bill was passed), U.S. senators sent a letter last week to HHS asking to speed up the process.1  Until this is done, only the conduction of a urinalysis is recognized as a proper form of drug screening.  The problem with this method is that a urinalysis only uncovers traces in the system within the past two or three days.  Therefore, many carriers also require their employees to undergo hair testing as well, which provides detection as far back as 60-90 days, preventing employees that know they will be tested, the ability to refrain from usage a few days prior to the test to receive a negative result.2  The American Trucking Associations continues to back hair testing as a proper way to drug test.

Request to Overturn ELD Mandate Denied

 Request to Overturn ELD Mandate Denied

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s request to overturn the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ruling mandating the usage of electronic logging devices (ELDs) on trucks was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit on Monday.

Technology Predicts Driver Turnover, Correlation Found Between Carrier’s CSA Scores and Driver Sustainability

Technology Predicts Driver Turnover, Correlation Found Between Carrier’s CSA Scores and Driver Sustainability

New research conducted by software system developer Vigillo, revealed a connection between a carrier’s safety scores and their ability to sustain drivers.

OOIDA Takes Fight to Stop ELD Mandate to Supreme Court

OOIDA Takes Fight to Stop ELD Mandate to Supreme Court

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is continuing its fight to dispose of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate set to take place Dec. 10th of this year, this time filing a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court.