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Court rules against OOIDA’s ELD challenge

You win some you lose some... On October 31st, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled against the Owner Operators Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) and their recent court challenge against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and their Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate.  The ruling came, faster than expected, [...]

Speed Limiting Mandates Pass Regulatory Roadblocks in US

A potential new rule in the United States which would require heavy-duty trucks to use speed limiters while operating has passed the preliminary stages for policy-making. The new rule will be finalized likely within the next few weeks and will then soon be put into practice later in the year. The National Highway Traffic Safety [...]

New study shows the perils of drowsy driving for trucks

A recent report from Governors Highway Safety Association published new findings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which estimated that fatalities or injuries caused by drowsy or tired drivers in the United States have a combined ‘societal cost’ of approximately $109 billion. That estimated cost doesn’t even include property damage. This new information, as [...]

2016-11-14T18:45:44+00:00September 1st, 2016|Drivers, Tid bits, trucking, United States|

Changes In Effect for Class D Drivers Commercially Operating in the US

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (ministry) has released information related to changes for Class D license holders who operate commercially in the United States (US). Effective April 1, 2017, ongoing proof of medical fitness will be required for all Class D drivers operating commercial vehicles with a Weight/Rating* of 4,536 kg (10,001 pounds) or more. This change [...]

2016-08-19T17:06:04+00:00August 19th, 2016|Licensing, United States, US Regulations|

FMCSA moves forward with updating it’s civil penalty schedule

As of August 1, 2016 you will pay more for some violations as the FMCSA moves forward with updating it's civil penalty schedule.  Most items were updated based on inflation rates while some were mandated by MAP-21.  Some items have not changed at all.  The “FMCSA infers that there may be some safety benefits that [...]

2016-11-14T18:45:44+00:00June 28th, 2016|United States, US Regulations|

FMCSA Says Seat Belts Use Required

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a new rule changing the seat belt rule for all occupants of  a large commercial truck.  The FMCSA says seat belt use will be required for all passengers of large commercial trucks  whenever the vehicles are operated on public roads in interstate commerce.  [...]

2016-11-14T18:45:44+00:00June 23rd, 2016|trucking, United States, US Regulations|

New online Unified Registration Systems in effect beginning Sept 2016

Starting September 30, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will require all trucking companies to file all registration data online instead of through paper forms or faxes. Trucking companies will only be able to use the online Unified Registration Systems (URS) database to apply or update records after the deadline. The new [...]

2016-12-13T19:26:55+00:00May 27th, 2016|trucking, United States, US Regulations|

New ELD Mandate for Anti-Harassment

The United States Department of Transportation recently made some changes to the way motor carriers and truck operators interact, specifically concerning the usage of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). These changes are meant to help reinforce the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) previous rules from 2014 about anti-harassment from motor carriers towards truck operators using [...]

New ELD mandate provisions for anti-harassment

The United States Department of Transportation recently made some changes to the way motor carriers and truck operators interact, specifically concerning the usage of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). These changes are meant to help reinforce the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) previous rules from 2014 about anti-harassment from motor carriers towards truck operators using [...]

NY HUT confusion after OOIDA win

  If you haven't already heard, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) recently won a New York Supreme Court case against the state of New York's Department of Taxation and Finance.  The class action lawsuit  challenged the constitutionality of the NY HUT decals and certificate.  The state of New York requires all trucks who want [...]

2016-11-14T18:45:45+00:00February 8th, 2016|Tid bits, trucking, United States|
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