Facts and Fiction: Understanding the Electronic Logging Device Requirement

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Implementation of the FMCSA’s electronic logging device (ELD) requirement is only a few weeks away. On December 18, 2017, all drivers that currently maintain paper logs will be required to use an ELD for hours of service (HOS) compliance.

Before the deadline, both motor carriers and professional drivers will need to ensure their operations are prepared for the ELD rule requirements.

The Future of CSA Scores

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What the National Academies of Sciences CSA Recommendations Will Mean

The ability of the CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) scoring system to accurately portray the crash risk of each individual motor carrier is still in question, which has become of paramount importance to the trucking industry as more and more people — bankers, insurers, shippers, plaintiff’s attorneys, to name a few — are looking to CSA as the final word on the safety of the fleet.

Improving the Hiring Process: FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

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On December 5, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finalized a rule to create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial driver license holders (CDL).

The clearinghouse will act as a central repository for drivers’ positive test results, refusals to test and other such federal violations of the drug and alcohol testing regulations.

Once fully operational the clearinghouse will significantly improve safety and help expedite the hiring process for commercial drivers.

Entry Level Driver Training – A Long Time Coming

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published new rules on December 8, 2016 that require entry-level drivers to complete special training designed to ensure that they are competent and prepared to maneuver an 80,000 lb commercial motor vehicle safely before they can take their skills test to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

These new training requirements will change the way motor carriers qualify inexperienced drivers, how insurers rate these drivers and how many new drivers enter the transportation industry.

Are Electronic Logging Devices on Track for 2017 Implementation?

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In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued its final rule requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) for most drivers and carriers currently required to keep paper logs.

Shortly after the rule was finalized, the Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) filed a legal challenge against it.

While the group was successful in having a previous ELD rulemaking vacated, ATA believes that OOIDA’s arguments against the 2015 final rule won’t stand up to legal scrutiny. Let’s take a look at their primary arguments.