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FMCSA: 5 changes to the HOS rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) unveiled a proposal on August 14 to revise its hours of service (HOS) regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers. The FMCSA estimates its proposal would provide $274 million in savings over 10 years for the U.S. economy and American consumers in reduced compliance costs and increased flexibility and efficiencies for motor carriers. Based on numerous requests from industry stakeholders for more flexible HOS conditions and over 5,200 public comments starting in August 2018, the FMCSA announced the following five proposed revisions to the existing rule:   Require drivers to take a break for at…

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Exempt from the Canadian ELD Mandate? Here’s 5 reasons to comply anyways

With the Canadian Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate taking effect in less than two years, details are beginning to surface around who’s going to be affected — and who’s not. Until adopted by any one or more of the 10 Canadian Provinces, Canada’s ELD mandate only applies to federally-regulated carriers that operate across provincial boundaries of Canada and into the U.S., not to those who operate solely within Canada’s ten individual provinces. However, the Canadian Trucking Alliance and its president, Stephen Laskowski, are spearheading conversations urging ELD-exempt provincial leaders to adopt the technology and achieve a regulated system of logging…

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Final Canadian ELD Mandate Rules Announced

The final Canadian electronic logging device (ELD) Mandate was announced today by Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau. As expected, the rules state that ELD solution providers must obtain certification from a third-party to ensure their solutions meet the necessarily-complex technical standards set forth by Transport Canada. After receiving feedback from various stakeholders (e.g., ELD providers, associations and carriers), Transport Canada worked to better harmonize the Canadian ELD Mandate with the ELD Mandate passed in the United States. This has allowed Transport Canada to accelerate the implementation of the Canadian ELD Mandate from the four years initially proposed in Gazette I…

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10 Steps to ELD Migration Success

It has almost been a year since the first electronic logging device (ELD) Mandate deadline passed. Many carriers that were able to take advantage of the grandfather clause opted to use automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) and transition to ELDs by the second deadline — December 16, 2019. If it seems like no time has passed since last year’s deadline, keep in mind how much needs to be done in the next year. As a refresher, the ELD Mandate grandfather clause states that a motor carrier that installs and requires a driver to use an AOBRD in accordance with §…

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Canadian ELD Mandate Updates

Updated October 16, 2018 The final Canadian ELD Mandate rule is expected to release this year or in the first quarter of 2019 (best guesses). While the full information is still not available, fleets can still educate themselves to prepare. A lot of the proposed rule is expected to be similar to the U.S. ELD Mandate — great news for the many Canadian carriers whose business involves cross-border transit and already need to comply with the U.S. mandate for that reason. Transport Canada published a proposed rule in the Canada Gazette last December, the same time the U.S. ELD Mandate…

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The ELD Mandate: What We’ve Learned So Far

It has been over six months since the first electronic logging device (ELD) Mandate deadline passed. Since then, the FMCSA has granted new exemptions and guidance, and the hard deadline has been enforced. In a recent webinar, Omnitracs and former FMCSA administrator and CEO of TransSafe Consulting Annette Sandberg joined Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine to discuss what we’ve learned about the mandate so far. Here are some key highlights that fleets should note. ELD enforcement challenges Drivers need to be prepared for roadside enforcement and one of the key things drivers need to understand is whether they have an automatic…

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Post-ELD Enforcement Date: Regulatory Update

April was a busy month since the hard ELD enforcement date starting April 1. Changes continue to be made in agriculture and tank hauling. CVSA is focused on day-to-day enforcement as well as an Hours of Service enforcement road check. ELD Exemptions There have been many exemptions filed for livestock and agriculture haulers in recent months. In the agriculture exemption, no ELD is required if the vehicle is within a 150-mile radius of the beginning of the load (the farm or ranch). On April 18, 2018, Tennessee passed a bill signed by Governor Bill Haslam to not use enforcement funds…

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New FMCSA Guidance on AOBRDs

On Friday, March 9, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provided an answer in response to requests to extend or exempt certain fleets as it relates to the ELD Mandate grandfather clause. Essentially, it says carriers can continue to buy and use AOBRDs as long as the AOBRDs were deployed in the fleet prior to December 18, 2017, and those devices are also registered as ELD-compliant — until December 16, 2019. Further clarification is as follows: Fleets can repair an AOBRD as long as the device is registered as an ELD. Fleets can add new vehicles with AOBRDs…

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Debunking the Myth Around ELD and Crossing Borders

There have been many different stories in the trucking business throughout the past six months when it comes to questions of ELD compliance among Canadian and Mexican drivers and trucking companies operating in the United States. The rumor was that non-U.S. drivers and/or trucking companies could avoid complying with the much-talked-about Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate, which took effect Dec. 18, 2017, as long as their trucks returned to the home bases outside the U.S. every night. As with most rumors there’s a bit of truth to that — but only a part. The new regulation does grant a waiver…

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Canada Announces ELD Mandate Draft, Gives 60 Days for Public Comment

This week, the first draft of the long-awaited Canadian ELD Mandate was published. This news came at the same time as the deadline carriers had to comply with the U.S. version of the ELD Mandate. Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau met with transportation leaders in Ontario this week to present the rule, which will be finalized in Canada Gazette II. Like the U.S. version, the Canadian ELD Mandate won’t change the Hours of Service regulations, just how drive time is recorded and reported. The rule will require replacing paper logs with a regulation-compliant device that connects directly to the…

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