Few Stragglers Remain Ahead Of ELD Deadline 2019/12/16 22:59:39 Benzinga Feeds
Some suppliers admit there are a few stragglers in the trucking industry still holding out to comply with a new federal rule that requires them to switch over from automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) to electronic logging devices (ELDs). Most vendors say customers have been proactive ahead of the Dec. 16 mandate. However, some say they have heard from a few carriers that their current vendors may not be able to migrate them over from their current AOBRD solutions to ELDs ahead of the enforcement of the mandate starting on Dec. 17. A recent survey conducted by FreightWaves, in partnership with CarriersLists and EROADS, states that less than 1% have yet to comply with the federal rule. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) required most truck drivers to comply with a new federal regulation requiring them to use ELDs in their cabs by December 2017 to ensure compliance with federal hours-of-service (HOS) rules that limit driving to no more than 11 hours a day within a 14-hour workday.
TruckPark Mission Eases Driver Parking Uncertainty 2019/11/21 16:58:39 Benzinga Feeds
Within the trucking community, it is common knowledge that finding a secure parking spot is often easier said than done. The truck parking shortage is a ubiquitous problem in many parts of the U.S., primarily due to the lopsided supply and demand equation. For roughly 1.6 million drivers that need to park every day to refresh their hours of service, there are only 400,000 truck parking spaces – forcing many to park in unsecure and un-authorized places like highway shoulders, where they spend restless nights worrying about their personal safety and that of their haul. "The parking shortage causes a lot of uncertainty about where drivers will park. This concern about failure to find a spot within the hours of service (HOS) amplifies the stress around parking their truck, since violation of HoS could lead to heavy fines or being pulled out of service," said Cokey Ellerbe, the vice president of strategy and growth at TruckPark , a digital secure truck parking platform. Fearing repercussions of being caught behind the wheel when HoS expire, many truckers are forced to park wherever they can, which in turn leads to several unintended problems.
Commentary: The Dark Zone In For-Hire Trucking Changes 2019/11/12 16:19:49 Benzinga Feeds
There once was a time when a truck driver was in the dark zone of non-connectivity by just being out on the road. Only the range of a CB radio or a nearby payphone could be used to establish contact with dispatchers and freight managers back at the main office. Times have certainly changed for the better. The trucks used in today's for-hire trucking industry are computerized offices on wheels, offering drivers and main office personnel real-time connectivity and access to important details such as route position, miles driven, speed and motion, engine status, the driver's hours-of-service (HOS) status, etc. Connectivity takes place every step of the way – well, almost. Dark zones do occur depending on the position of the receiving infrastructure like satellites and cell phone towers. What is unfortunate, however, are dark zones resulting from a poorly designed freight transport process. First, consider electronic logging devices (ELDs). Commercial usage is mandated by the 2012 update to the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act, which was a part of a larger funding law known as the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
US Senate Steers Clear Of Meal And Rest-Break Changes 2019/11/01 21:24:44 Benzinga Feeds
U.S. Senate lawmakers chose not to follow their colleagues in the U.S. House who had sought to bar federal regulators from pre-empting states that choose to enforce stricter meal and rest-break laws. An appropriations package passed by the Republican-controlled Senate on October 31 did not include the meal and rest-break provision that had been part of the House version of the legislation that was passed in May . The legislation, part of a "minibus" spending bill that includes funding for agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2020, also left out provisions addressing hours-of-service (HOS) and crash safety scores, which the Democrat-controlled House had been looking to include as well. In addition to federal preemption of state meal and rest break laws – which is currently under … Full story available on Benzinga.com
HOS Regulations Lifted, Clearing Road For Wildfire Relief 2019/10/31 16:46:06 Benzinga Feeds
Mother Nature is scaring up plenty of bad Halloween weather today across the U.S., from wildfires and high winds to snowstorms and thunderstorms. Whether hauling a full load or less than truckload, bobtailing or deadheading, drivers will need to be extra careful. California Scorched, Trucker Can Help At least 11 wildfires continue to rage in portions of California, burning around 100,000 acres across the state. The largest fire is the Kincade Fire, which started on October 23 in the Wine Country of Sonoma County. It covers nearly 77,000 acres just north of Santa Rosa. Firefighters have been making progress, and the Kincade Fire was 45% contained as of yesterday evening, October 30, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). The next biggest is the Saddle Ridge Fire near Los Angeles. It covers 8,800 acres and has been burning since October 10, but it's close to 100% contained. The much smaller Getty Fire, started on October 28 near I-405 (known locally as "the 405"), just west of Beverly Hills.