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Automation listening session draws few voices

July 13, 2018 by John Smith

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) says it’s listening to the trucking industry when it comes to developing rules for assisted driving technology, but one of the first sessions designed to do that very thing generated […]

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Some personal questions about personal conveyance

June 29, 2018 by John Smith

Recently, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued revised guidance on the use of a commercial vehicle as a personal conveyance. While it’s always great to have further clarification of the rules, especially surrounding hours of service, sometimes these clarifications can generate more questions than answers. Such as is the case with FMCSA’s guidance. There are two situations that haven’t yet been addressed, not because administration doesn’t care, but because they’re slightly outside of its purview.

One situation involves cross-border carriers that may have drivers using personal conveyance on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, and another issue that surprisingly has very little to do with hours of service.

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Don’t Waste Time: Let’s learn the lessons of a different ELD mandate

May 3, 2018 by John Smith

At first glance, the Canadian Trucking Alliance seems to be getting ahead of itself in the call for a “graduated education” period before electronic logging devices (ELDs) are mandated. The federal government has yet to finalize such rules, or even decide if it will embrace an accelerated December 2019 deadline the alliance is championing. Other than Ontario, most provinces have been silent on the idea, too.

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ELD file checker is now online

July 17, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — One of the barriers to the quick adoption of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) has been the question of how – or when – users can be certain that the mandated devices will be able to electronically transfer data files of Records Of Duty Status for law enforcement officials who use portable computers.

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Study finds little difference in restart models

March 11, 2017 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New research finds little difference between the performance of drivers who take one- or two-night retarts in Hours of Service, but still finds some extra benefit to a 34-hour restart.

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U.S. Truck Drivers Still Confused by CSA

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – Many truck drivers in the U.S. are still confused over the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance Safety and Accountability (CSA) program, according to a white paper by the American Transportation Research Institute.

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FMCSA Steps Up Game against Non-compliant Carriers

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – Side-stepping carriers, be warned: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have proposed amendments to its regulations.