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‘ELDs are here to stay’

November 14, 2018 by John Smith

BRAMPTON, Ont. – Electronic logging devices (ELDs) are now the law in the U.S., and Canada is approaching ever closer to a mandate of its own.
Major device suppliers are meeting in Toronto this week to explore a uniquely Canadian approach to certifying the equipment.

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Spear goes on offensive in ATA address

October 29, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – American Trucking Associations president and CEO Chris Spear went on the offensive during his annual state of the industry address today, calling for changes to everything from minimum driving ages to new drug testing tools and a massive infrastructure investment.

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FMCSA chief paints picture of a truck-friendly Trump administration

October 27, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – The head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) painted the picture of a federal government friendly to the trucking industry today, as he delivered a broad-ranging address for members of the American Trucking Associations.

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Is your Truck Putting You to Sleep?

August 15, 2018 by elizabeth

A ground-breaking bit of research from Australia has shown that low-frequency vibrations can make drivers drowsy. If this is true and the research is proven conclusive, it will call into question just about all we assume about truck crashes where the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel. Those drivers may in fact have been very drowsy but may not have been “fatigued” in an hours-of-service (HOS) context, the way that term is typically applied to “tired drivers.”

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Still a place for AOBRDs, Isaac stresses

July 13, 2018 by John Smith

CHAMBLY, Que. – Isaac Instruments is reinforcing the benefits of automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) as Canada moves ever-closer to mandating electronic logging devices (ELDs).

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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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More updates to HoS coming say ELD analysts

June 18, 2018 by elizabeth

TORONTO, Ont. – Geotab trucking experts say more changes to Hours of Service (HoS) regulations in the United States are coming.

 “The only thing we can tell you with any certainty is that it will change and it is changing,” said Geotab associate VP, commercial vehicle solutions Scott Sutarik.

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Nearly half of drivers report exceeding HoS to find parking

April 23, 2018 by elizabeth

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — There’s no doubt about it – North America has a truck parking problem. With the introduction of mandatory electronic logging devices (ELD) in the U.S. last December the issue has become critical.

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U.S. proposal would pause 14-hour limits

April 2, 2018 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A recently proposed bill in the U.S. would allow truck drivers to effectively pause their 14-hour on-duty limits for up to three consecutive hours – as long as they are off-duty during the break.

“I’m proud to introduce the REST Act and give America’s truckers the options they need to safely operate under today’s rigid federal regulations,” said Rep. Brian Babin, a member of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “This bill is an important step in making the way for improved highway safety.”

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, those running in the U.S. can’t drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on-duty, following 10 consecutive hours of off-duty time.  

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Roadcheck blitz to highlight hours of service

March 20, 2018 by John Smith

GREENBELT, Md. – The annual Roadcheck inspection blitz coordinated by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is set to run from June 5 to 7 this year, placing a special focus on hours of service. And Today’s Trucking has some free resources to help you prepare.

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Small business ELD exemption ‘not likely’, analysts say

February 8, 2018 by John Smith

BLOOMINGTON, IN – The rollout of mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) continues in the U.S. And while some trucking operations have secured temporary waivers, analysts at FTR Intel believe a bid to exempt small carriers outright is unlikely to succeed.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has asked regulators to exempt small businesses making less than US $27.5 million in revenue, that don’t have an unsatisfactory safety rating, and have a safe record with no attributable at-fault crashes. It would last five years.

An exemption like that – already rejected during the regulatory review process – would essentially gut the mandate for ELDs, and has been opposed by the American Trucking Associations and safety advocacy groups. Eighty-one percent of over-the-road trucking companies, and 93% of one-truck operators among them, have had no DOT-recordable crashes in the past two years, FTR notes.

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Fleet makes case for hourly pay

February 5, 2018 by John Smith

JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que. — CH Express drivers were not alone in worries that a U.S. mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) might affect how much they could make. But ­managers at the flatbed fleet have responded in a bold way – by paying the long-haul drivers by the hour rather than distances.

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CTA wants harmony on 11 issues

January 30, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Leaders of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and provincial trucking associations have come together to identify 11 industry issues that could benefit from improved harmonization.

The call is designed to support a new task force under the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety, established in September 2016, and complements existing initiatives like the National Task Force on Weights and Dimensions.
“This is a great opportunity for further collaboration between industry and government,” said Stephen Laskowski, president and Chief Executive Officer of the alliance. “CTA commends the provincial trucking associations for their efforts in contributing to our submission and looks forward to working with all interests in addressing the issues identified.”

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U.S. rentals get 90-day ELD waiver

January 19, 2018 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued short-term rental trucks a 90-day waiver from mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), lasting until April 19.

Trucks rented for 30 days or less will be able to use paper logbooks to record Hours of Service until the waiver expires. Carriers cannot simply replace one rental vehicle with another one within the 30 days, and must also have a satisfactory safety rating. They also need to report any collisions involving these vehicles within five business days.

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association had known since December that a waiver was forthcoming, and is telling affected truck operators to print out the notice and carry it in the cab during the waiver period. Once this waiver expires, those who rent trucks for eight days or less will continue to be exempted from the ELD mandate.

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ELD Day for Canada

January 9, 2018 by John Smith

BRAMPTON, ON — It ultimately proved to be just a matter of time. On December 18, the same day that the U.S. mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to track Hours of Service, Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau took to the podium to unveil plans to introduce similar rules on this side of the border.