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The Dec. 18 implementation date for the federal electronic logging device mandate will mark the beginning of a new era in trucking. Electronic logs are nothing new, of course — many fleets have been using them voluntarily for years or even decades. But moving nearly the entire longhaul trucking business onto ELDs will enhance adherence to driver hours-of-service limits across the industry and put all carriers on equal footing.

The White House’s recent announcement that an advisory council on infrastructure matters would not convene as planned should not derail efforts to achieve a long-term funding fix for infrastucture, policymakers and freight groups said.

ACT Research Co. reported its for-hire trucking index in July rose for the seventh consecutive month to 57.1, up 20 points from a year earlier.

While first-time adopters will need to install ELDs in their trucks by Dec. 18, fleets using e-log systems categorized as auto­matic onboard recording devices, or ­AOBRDs, get a two-year extension. But if you can wait, why change now?

Watching people with the liberty to pursue happiness actually do so can be highly worthwhile, even inspirational. As our team in Orlando, Fla., shows on this website and in the Aug. 21 edition of Transport Topics, that was abundantly the case at the recent National Truck Driving Championships and its companion event for truck and bus safety inspectors.

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Managing Editor/TT Features Seth Clevenger sets the stage for Transport Topics' Aug. 23 LiveOnWeb program that will discuss the impact of the ELD mandate on fleets' bottom line.

Complete coverage of the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 9-12.

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Coming Aug. 23: LiveOnWeb on 'The ELD Landscape Ahead'

How will the ELD mandate affect fleets' bottom lines? On our Aug. 23 LiveOnWeb program 'The ELD Landscape Ahead,' TT Managing Editor/Features Seth Clevenger will present the perspectives of a regulator, a fleet executive and a logistics expert. Reserve your seat or ask a question now.

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