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Business, Technology, Equipment

Information Age Arrives for Small Carriers

Uber Freight app Tech developers such as Uber Freight are leveraging drivers' mobile devices to make technology more available and more affordable for small carriers. (Uber Technologies Inc.)

The use of technology is no longer a novelty but a necessity in the trucking business — for carriers of all sizes.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
April 20, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

ELD Mandate Law Enforcement Grace Period Is Over

ELD enforcement TT file photo

The three-month law enforcement grace period for trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices is over. As of April 1, drivers caught without ELDs are due to be placed out of service for 10 hours, and may have points added to their Compliance, Safety, Accountability program scores, or could even be assessed a civil fine.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 28, 2018
Editorial

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

Regulators Reviewing Petitions for ELD Waivers, USDOT Deputy Secretary Says

ELD Rand McNally

Trucking regulators are reviewing multiple petitions from freight industry stakeholders seeking waivers from a federal electronic logging device mandate, Deputy Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Rosen said March 23.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 26, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment

New FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez Grilled by Angry Drivers in Listening Session

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez Martinez by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In his first official “grass roots outreach” with a room full of truck drivers — and only a month on the job as the nation’s top trucking regulator — Ray Martinez said he hoped the session would not be “an angry event.” It was.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

ELDs Hot Topic at MATS as April Enforcement Ramp-Up Nears

FMCSA officials Joe DeLorenzo, Bill Mahorney FMCSA officials Mahorney (seated) and DeLorenzo discuss ELD enforcement during a seminar March 22, part of the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., March 21-24. (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 have lingering questions about the finer points of the regulation as tougher enforcement nears.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Revised ELD Guidance: FMCSA Allows AOBRD Software on Fleet Expansion Trucks

PeopleNet device PeopleNet Communications Corp.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued revised guidance permitting motor carriers that were using automatic onboard recording device software prior to the effective date of the electronic logging device mandate to add trucks to their fleet without having to update those new trucks to electronic logging device software until mid-December 2019.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2018
Government, Business

FMCSA Gives Ag Haulers 90-Day Extension on Waiver From ELD Rule

An agriculture hauler leaves an orchard with a load An ag hauler moves almonds out of Linden, Calif. (Devine Intermodal)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the electronic logging device rule for agriculture-related transportation.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 14, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

ELD Compliance Rises, but Training, Enforcement Still Problematic

PeopleNet ELD PeopleNet ELD by Maurice Northrup

Compliance with a federal mandate to use electronic logging devices to record driver hours of service is on the rise, but the rollout is causing challenges for some carriers and drivers.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 25, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA Grants ELD Waivers to Old Dominion, MPAA

Old Dominion Old Dominion Freight Line

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. and the Motion Picture Association of America exemptions from hours-of-service regulations pertaining to the electronic logging device mandate.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 18, 2018

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