WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT THE FINAL RULE? ENFORCEMENT TRANSFER METHODS, FOR ONE

Fleets who have been tracking the progress of the ELD mandate over the years agree that the top question about the final rule published December 2015 is, “How is it different from what we expected?” For one, the methods by which the data collected by the ELD would be transferred to law enforcement changed, in part due to commentary from organizations like Omnitracs who actively participated in the review and commentary period. The two transfer methods that were eliminated include: QR Code Transfer Jet During the commentary period, Omnitracs submitted that these methods would likely translate to higher costs and…

Why Aren’t Providers Rushing to Self-Certify on the FMCSA Web Site?

It is important to note that products listed on the FMCSA web site are “self-certified” by the manufacturer and merely registered with, not verified by, the FMCSA. Any product which claims self-certification is subject to challenge, which may trigger rigorous testing and risk potential removal from the market until the challenge is proved or disproved. Or, it may not. Right now, it’s not clear what the challenge process may or may not entail; that’s something in the FMCSA’s proverbial inbox. Regardless, one thing is certain. For fleets, device removal from the market during a compliance challenge could represent significant cost…

ELD MANDATE FINAL REGULATION: WHO GETS AN EXEMPTION?

A primary element of the final Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulation published in December 2015 was a definition of who needs to comply, and who gets an exemption. There are three scenarios describing fleets who can operate without an ELD, but who still must account for activities in Hours of Service: Pre-2000 Vehicles: If the vehicle has a manufacturing date before the year 2000, the use of an ELD is not required. This stems from the fact that many vehicles manufactured before 2000 do not have an ECM that can provide the data being collected. However, since there are vehicles…

FMCSA Safety Fitness Determination

In January, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, seeking to revise its safety fitness methodology by “integrating on-road safety data from inspections, along with the results of carrier investigation and crash reports, to determine a motor carrier’s overall safety fitness on a monthly basis,” as reported by HDT magazine. Trucking groups have voiced criticism over the approach, issuing a letter on April 11 to FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling, to express its concern over the timing and details of the proposed rule. The initial comment period for the proposed rule…

HOS fines are racking up!

$343,647,360.00

HOS fines since the beginning of 2016*

What could you do with that kind of money?

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Gallons of fuel

127,749,948

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Truck tires

1,381,135

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Smokey & The Bandit DVDs

68,729,472

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iTunes downloads of
Eastbound and Down

115,479,524

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Miles of road paved with $

68,729,472

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Driver salaries

68,729,472