Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Senate Funding Bill Tasks DOT With Reviewing Ag Haulers’ ELD Concerns

Horse hauler TT File Photo

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) indicated he may propose a provision aimed at assisting livestock haulers struggling with electronic logging device requirements when the Appropriations Committee considers a fiscal 2019 transportation funding bill June 7.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ATA’s Chris Spear Cautions Against Further ELD Exemptions

Chris Spear; Cathy Gautreaux; James Gattoni, Robert Fatovic, Gregory Feary Chris Spear (left), Cathy Gautreaux, James Gattoni, Robert Fatovic and Gregory Feary. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

INDIANAPOLIS — The head of American Trucking Associations warned during a legal seminar here that further exemptions from Congress to electronic logging requirements for agricultural haulers could threaten safety on the nation’s roads.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 5, 2018
Business, Safety

Senate Bill Would Ease HOS, ELD Demands on Livestock Haulers

Livestock and cattle-hauling truck Senators want to relax both ELD and HOS requirements for livestock haulers. (David B./Flickr)

A bipartisan group of senators recently introduced a bill that would relax both electronic logging device and hours-of-service requirements for livestock haulers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 31, 2018

Opinion: The Financial Case for Technology Investment

It’s no secret that technology is rapidly changing the business of trucking. Electronic logging devices, automation, electric power and advancements in telematics are or may soon affect the way transportation companies plan, execute, compete and succeed.

Sean Maharaj | Director, Transportation Logistics and Retail Practices, AArete
May 7, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

A Day at the Inspection Pit: Truck Drivers Display ELD Compliance

Police Inspection Vilbert inspects a tire by Eric Miller/Transport Topics

DUMFRIES, Va. — Under gray skies on the cold morning of April 3, Sgt. Steve Vilbert of the Virginia State Police lay in wait on an Interstate 95 exit ramp ready to nab any truck driver who hadn’t installed an electronic logging device on his truck. Just two days after a soft-enforcement period for ELD usage had ended, history told Vilbert there could be some violators.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 4, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

ELDs Hot Topic at MATS as April Enforcement Nears

MATS ELDs DeLorenzo by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The federal mandate of electronic logging devices has been in effect since late last year, but some truckers still had lingering questions about the finer points of regulation just days before the deadline for stricter enforcement.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 28, 2018

Editorial: FMCSA’s Listening, Will You Talk?

As of April 1, truck drivers may now be placed out of service for failing to record hours of service using an electronic logging device. There are a few exceptions, but the soft-enforcement phase of the ELD mandate is behind us, and the situation is more real for some drivers: Plug in an ELD, or pull off the highway.

Transport Topics
March 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Spending Bill Includes Extension of ELD Exemption on Livestock

The U.S. Capitol The U.S. Capitol on March 21, 2018 (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Motor carriers that haul livestock will be exempted from the federal electronic logging device mandate until Sept. 30 under language included in a $1.3 trillion omnibus funding measure the U.S. House of Representatives advanced March 22.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Fleets Rely on In-House, Outside Expertise to Keep Onboard Technology Up and Running

A Velociti technician works on in-cab technology A Velociti technician installs an onboard computer in a truck cab. (Velociti)

The rapid expansion of onboard technology — electronic logging devices, telematics systems and in-cab video — brings with it the challenge of servicing this equipment. Ensuring that repairs are handled quickly is essential to maximizing utilization and staying compliant with the ELD mandate.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
March 16, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA Clarifies ELD Guidance for Horse Haulers

Horse trailer TT File Photo

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a new slate of guidelines to mitigate confusion over whether livestock haulers, including those who transport their horses, are required to install electronic logging devices on their trucks or possess a commercial driver license.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 26, 2018