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.