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FMCSA Urged to Curb Regulatory Exemptions for Commercial Carriers

An organization of commercial vehicle inspectors is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to reign in the number of exemptions allowed to motor carriers, saying they are creating “confusion and inconsistency in enforcement.” Collin Mooney, Executive Director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), sent a letter to the FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez expressing his concern with the excessive exemptions and their impact on the ability of inspectors to accurately and efficiently perform their jobs. The CVSA, which represents more than 4,000 commercial vehicle inspectors in North America, also suggested the exemptions could erode highway safety. “Since 2015, ... Read More

Measure To Delay ELD Rule for Commercial Trucks Fails in House

An amendment designed to delay the Department of Transportation’s implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) requirement for commercial trucks by several months died in the House Wednesday, signaling that lawmakers may be unwilling to stand in the way of the mandate becoming law. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) electronic logging device rule is set to take effect on Dec. 18, 2017. The rule will reduce inaccurate hours-of-service reporting by requiring commercial carriers and independent commercially licensed truck drivers currently using paper logbooks to switch to ELDs. The measure has received widespread support in the commercial trucking industry ... Read More

Electronic Logging Device Rule For Commercial Vehicles Takes Effect in 7 Months

A federal rule mandating electronic logging devices goes into effect on December 18, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reminded commercial trucking firms and truck drivers and commercial bus operators Thursday. While most commercial tractor-trailers and commercial buses and other vehicles will be subject to the new rule requiring electronic logging devices (also known as ELDs), there are some exceptions, According to the FMCSA, the following drivers and vehicles are exempted from the rule: Drivers who operate under the short-haul exceptions may continue using timecards; they are not required to keep records of duty status and will not ... Read More