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Bill to delay ELD mandate two years filed in House

July 19, 2017

A bill has been filed in the U.S. House to delay the compliance date of the federal government’s electronic logging device two years, to December 2019. The change, if enacted, would give owner-operators two additional years to switch from paper logs to an electronic logging device. The legislation was introduced Tuesday and referred to the House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Texas Republican Rep. Brian Babin filed the ELD Extension Act of 2017. Babin’s introduction of the bill came a day after a House panel recommended that the U.S. DOT study whether a “full or targeted delay” of the mandate is... View Article

‘Game-set-match’ for ELD mandate, time for truckers to consider compliance options

June 15, 2017

The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a death blow to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s legal challenge to the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate. With the high court’s rejection, the lawsuit will go no further. Though there are efforts underway to engage Congress on the issue, spearheaded in part by OOIDA, the issue is likely a nonstarter with lawmakers, multiple sources have told Overdrive in recent months. Just five years ago, a Republican-led Congress required the DOT and its Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to develop the ELD rule. The mandate also has support from Democrats. Such bi-partisan support... View Article

Cargo Securement Tips

May 16, 2017

Know the regulations. Cargo securement standards represent the minimum safety requirements for general cargo and some specific commodities. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outlines U.S. cargo securement rules on its website at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/cargosecurement/cargo-securement-rules. If you are transporting hazardous materials, they have additional load securement requirements. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) outlines hazardous load securement rules in 49 CFR Part 177, Subpart B. These regulations can be accessed online at www.ecfr.gov. In the Browse area, select “Title 49 – Transportation” from the drop-down menu. Under the “Subtitle B – Other Regulations Relating to Transportation” heading, select... View Article

How to Avoid Extra Shipping Charges: Six Insider Tips from a Trucking Company in Aurora, CO

May 10, 2017

As you are going over your profits for the last few weeks, you feel confident that you may not only meet your profit goals for this quarter, but you may actually exceed them—until you get the bill for your last shipment. The final transportation cost for the shipment is much higher than you expected. Unfortunately, there are several shipping charges tacked on to your bill that you did not expect, so it looks like you won’t be meeting your profit goals for this quarter after all. Nothing is more frustrating that finding a bunch of unexpected fees and charges on... View Article

TSA Warns Fleets, Drivers That Terrorists Could Target Trucks for Hijacking

May 8, 2017

View Article Source The Transportation Security Administration has issued an internal report warning of the potential for terrorists to use trucks as weapons to conduct attacks. TSA also released a list of countermeasures, mostly involving awareness of surroundings and reporting suspicious activity, that truck owners and operators should heed to help prevent such attacks from occurring. Though none have occurred in the U.S., high-profile truck-ramming attacks have been carried out elsewhere, including a July 2016 attack in Nice, France, that killed 87 people and injured 430, and a similar attack in December 2016 in Berlin, Germany, in which 12 people... View Article

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