The ELD Mandate Tug-of-War

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REGS, REGS AND MORE REGS… UGH!

The ELD mandate is the latest “Hot Button” issue being argued over by many parties.

First of all, WHAT is the ELD mandate?  Let me break it all the way down…

ELDElectronic Logging Device (aka “ELog”) is a device that’s installed in a commercial vehicle to monitor. Every eligible commercial vehicle MUST have and ELD installed by Dec. 18, 2017. Continue reading “The ELD Mandate Tug-of-War”

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FMCSA is “adjusting” fines due to inflation

Watch out… FMCSA is raising its fines for violations!

FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that – due to inflation – fines, for violations, will be raised.

In all fairness, though, a few fines will actually be lower… WOW!

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I’ve included the link to the CCJ article which lists all the violations, along with their former and updated fines.

FMCSA adjusts fines for violations based on inflation

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The trucking industry is changing at EVERY turn!

What major changes have you noticed in the trucking industry lately?

Are you noticing a major shift in just about every part of the transportation industry? Is it affecting your trucking operation?

We all know that diesel prices are going through the roof, right? This chart, by YChart, shows a hike of $.07/gal in just one week!

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That wouldn’t be so bad, if the freight rates were increasing, with the same momentum. In one week, a truckstop where we fueled up, on a regular basis, raised their prices from $1.75/gal to $1.94/gal… WTH?!

Here’s an article that goes into detail on the diesel fuel price hike, Diesel Fuel Prices Jump 14% since February”

So, what else is making waves in the trucking industry?

Then, there’s the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. Trucks are required to either a. install a special filter system, or b. be made with this new filter system.

If you’re not sure if your truck is allowed to run in California, click here to read the truck requirements:

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It’s great that the government, and the states are working on cleaning up the environment. Plus, there are grants and loans available for trucking companies to get their older trucks up to regulation.

The only problem is that – in spite of what many people think – small trucking companies often don’t have the funds and/ or credit to access these grants and loans.

When we were running California, in 2013, we checked around for the best prices to have the filter system installed… $13,000!


Well, since we weren’t a California-based operation, we didn’t qualify for the $6,000 in grants they were offering.

It didn’t really matter anyway.

We felt bad for the 10,000s of small California-based trucking companies who were trying to figure out how they could stay in business.

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The only options were to either: a. pay to have the new filter installed, or b. take on a truck note to the tune of about $2000/mth.

Oh yeah… they could always park their truck at the state line, rent a car, and drive home. Or have someone meet them at the state line to bring them back and forth… SERIOUSLY?

These are the types of decisions we have to make, because we’re trying to provide a decent living for our families?

Yes, things change. But — and you may say this is a stretch — look at how long it’s taking the Federal Government to live up to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980! 

Oh yeah… it was amended in 1995… Really? 

“The 2009 Collection Budget reported that the Federal Government generated 9.71 billion hours of mandatory paperwork burden.[22]

YES I’m ranting! YES I’m ticked off about this whole situation!

This is my view on the trucking industry, these days. I don’t think the “little guys” are being treated right. I won’t say “fair” because… what is fair anyway, right?

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I’m done ranting — for now — but not DONE! I think the next post will continue on more changes coming to trucking really soon… Ugh!

Until next time… Be blessed and be SAFE!
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Driver, does the 34-hour restart regulation confuse you, too?

And what’s with this 73-hour restart I’m hearing? Smh



If it does, trust me when I say YOU ARE NOT ALONE! I was already confused when they introduced the possibility of the 73-hour restart rule. But now… DANG!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times… (Now I sound like my grandmother. Well, I am a grandmother! Lol) I don’t know why the Senate won’t leave well enough alone!

Aren’t there enough issues with USDOT and FMCSA, not to have to mess with everything that involves trucking regulations?

It seems to me like there are a lot of interoffice concerns that need to be addressed. For one, it would be great to be able to get the same information from different agencies. If you ask a State Trooper a logbook question, you’ll get a different answer than what a Public Safety Officer just gave you.

See… we’re not the only ones confused about the regulation changes. We’re just the only ones who have to pay for them!

I found this article which claims to help with the restart regulation confusion. It does a good job breaking it down, just down take it as gospel. By time you read the article, the regulations will have probably changed. Lol


Senate bill clears up 34-hour restart confusion, could add new hours limits

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The U.S. Senate’s Appropriations Committee April 21 passed 30-0 a bill that corrects a legislative mess-up from December that put the 34-hour restart in jeopardy.

It makes clear that the restart remains available for use by truck operators shoulda pending study by the Department of Transportation find that pre-July 2013 restart rules are more effective for truckers’ fatigue levels than those that took effect July 1, 2013.

Should that be the case, the bill would also kick in a few changes to hours of service limits. Specifically, it would set a 73-hour cap on the amount of time truckers can spend on duty in any consecutive seven-day period after utilizing a 34-hour restart. According to the bill’s text obtained by Overdrive, “the 7-day measurement period moves forward 1 day at midnight each day.”

Current 60 hours in 7 days and 70 hours in 8 days provisions would remain intact.

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Until next time… Be awesome and be SAFE!
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Are you ready for a nationwide emission-control regulation?

ready or not… comply or stay out!

What year is your heavy-duty truck? If it’s older than a 2012, are you going to comply with the emission regulations?

While waiting to get unloaded, the other day, the driver in the dock next to us, came over and sparked up a conversation.

He asked my husband, “Do you run California?” “Not anymore,” my husband answered. “Why do you ask?”

“Well, I see you have an older truck, and was wondering if you were CARB-compliant,” the driver said. Continue reading “Are you ready for a nationwide emission-control regulation?”

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The Feds are trying to team up with the states in trucking

so what’s the problem?

For years, we’ve known about California regulating some parts of trucking, however they want to, right?

For example, California wasn’t — and I believe still isn’t — on the same computer system, regarding Commercial Driver’s License records.

Now, California and a few other states, want to handle the meal and bathroom breaks, in their own manner.

It’s refreshing to hear that someone on the Federal level understands exactly how important it is, to NOT dock a truck driver’s pay in such an idiotic manner!

After reading this article, and watching the video, leave a comment below, about what you think of the docked pay situation. Thanks!

SENATOR BLASTS ‘MEAN-SPIRITED’ TRUCK DRIVER PAY PROVISION

A “poison pill” truck driver pay provision tucked into a massive aviation reform bill came under fire from a leading Senate Democrat Thursday, but big trucking’s top lobbying group quickly defended the legislation, citing the industry’s need to operate on a single “coast-to-coast” system  rather than a “patchwork” of state laws.

At issue is language in the in the AIRR Act (HR 1441) that that spells out “Federal authority” over state and local laws.

Backers say the legislation is needed because some states (specifically California and its courts) have repeatedly failed to recognize that federal preemptions under the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (F4A) apply to interstate trucking operations. As a result, trucking companies could be required to schedule and pay drivers according to the employment laws of each state in which they operate.

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Hey Driver… I smell a VICTORY!

Driver… Have you heard the latest about the FMCSA?! Smells like those annoying CSA Scores are heading out the door (for now, anyway)… WooHoo!

What do you think about this whole situation? Leave your comment in the form below or email teamtrucking2@gmail.com

Trucking groups: New carrier scoring rule violates FAST Act highway law provisions

The removal of CSA's SMS percentile rankings from public view presents one of three major problems with the agency's pursuit of a Safety Fitness Determination rule, trucking groups argue, as safety determinations were supposed to be at least in part based on the SMS' BASICs, per FMCSA's summary of the rule.

The removal of CSA’s SMS percentile rankings from public view presents one of three major problems with the agency’s pursuit of a Safety Fitness Determination rule, trucking groups argue, as safety determinations were supposed to be at least in part based on the SMS’ BASICs, per FMCSA’s summary of the rule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A group of trucking industry stakeholders has issued a challenge to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking, publication of which is expected this month.

The coalition, which includes the National Association of Small Trucking Companies, the Western State Trucking Association, ASECTT and five others, on Tuesday sent a letter to members of Congress and, according to sources, FMCSA Administrator-elect Scott Darling, asking them to reconsider the rule given provisions of the December-enacted FAST Act highway funding law.

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Nearly 2,000 drivers could lose their CDL

Nearly 2,000 commercial truck drivers in Florida will have to retake their commercial driver’s license (CDL) exams if they want to keep their licenses, News 4 JAX reports. The move comes after a test administrator in Florida was arrested on identification fraud charges.

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Last month, the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles sent letters to 1,997 CDL holders informing them that the skills test they previously passed to obtain their licenses may not have been valid, according to the report.

Drivers who received the notices must retake the exam before Jan. 19 or their licenses will be canceled.Type your paragraph here.

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Until next time… Be awesome and be safe!

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How has CSA affected you?

Have you been turned down from a trucking job because your CSA score is less than desirable? Have you been put on probation, or just flat our fired because of your CSA score? Did your infractions start reporting before 2010? Let’s talk about it!

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What sparked this week’s topic is an article I just read titled, “Rep. Sam Graves knocks down attempt to keep CSA scores public.” Every time I hear the term CSA, I get infuriated! I understand that we professional drivers should be held at a higher standard… I get that!

The part that gets under my skin, is the fact that it seems as if the CSA Regulation is bounced around like a tennis ball! Either our CSA score is going to be public, or it’s not, right?

In the meantime, it’s having a negative affect on truck driver’s livelihoods, and it seems like nobody gives a hoot cause it’s not really affecting them!

Let me take a step back and explain to the readers who don’t know what the CSA Regulations are. Maybe you’ve heard the term, but aren’t sure exactly what it is.

CSA – Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicles.

​In everyday terms, Professional Truck Drivers basically have two sets of scores. One score is from your State’s licensing agency like Dept of Motor Vehicles (DMV), or Dept of Driver Services (DDS).

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Pregnant and trucking

Are you pregnant and driving a truck? Do you know someone who is? I didn’t realize this was such a widespread discussion! To be quite honest, some of what I’ve read, is downright scary!

If you are a dispatcher, manager, or other office staff at a trucking company, I would REALLY love to get your input… Thanks!

What sparked this blog post was simple. While at a delivery, my husband saw a very pregnant young lady. Every driver had to disconnect from the trailer in order to be loaded.

The young lady was loaded, but was having trouble letting her landing gear up. My husband went over to give her a hand.
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Neither my husband, nor myself had ever seen a pregnant truck driver… at least not this pregnant. Besides that, I’m no longer allowed to ask a woman how far along she is.

Simply because I apparently can’t tell the difference between pregnant and not anymore! Lol My husband couldn’t help but ask the young lady, “How far are you?”

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