Want to stay on top of transportation legislation developments? We make it easy. Here’s a high-level snapshot of just some of our industry regulatory and legislative developments to keep an eye on.
The ELD Mandate represents a big change in trucking regulations – and it’s coming soon. If you haven’t implemented electronic driver logs yet, you’ll want to explore the range of fleet efficiency benefits the various ELD manufacturers offer, so you can make a wise purchasing decision.
In the latest turn of events, the Department of Transportation released a report this week noting that the Final Rule to require truck operators to use ELDs has been delayed one month. The rule is now expected to be released on Oct. 26 and then published Oct. 30. As the rule is sitting with the White House Office of Management and Budget as part of the required approval process, we anticipate that this delay is related to the need to carefully review the rule given the complexity and implications of the mandate. The FMCSA’s corresponding prohibition of driver coercion rule, which is related to the mandate, is expected to follow the same schedule.
Fleet Owner published its annual “By the Numbers report” report last month. The story serves as a painful reminder of all it takes to operate a successful fleet in the face of rising trucking expenses today. That said, we have some good news.
Hours of Service violations, and the FMCSA fines associated with those violations, are among the biggest issues facing the transportation industry today. In a time when operational costs are expensive enough, the additional burden of Hours of Service fines can destroy any remaining profits fleets may have. In an effort to show how much of an impact this has on the trucking industry, Omnitracs has launched a clock showing the dollar amount of HOS violations in real time. This clock, which is hosted on the Electronic Logging Device educational site, eldfacts.com, displays a running view of the total dollar amount of HOS violation penalties collected.
Are your brakes in tip-top shape? They’d better be. That’s right – it’s Brake Safety Week.
As we type, local, state, and Federal inspectors are pulling drivers over in droves for a look-see at their brake components.
With the ELD mandate expected to take effect this month, most fleets know they’ll be required to adopt automated electronic driver logs for HOS compliance.
And, while many in the commercial trucking industry recognize the complementary safety-related benefits ELDs provide, what may be less obvious are the range of fleet efficiency benefits that are part and parcel with ELD implementation.