EOBR Mandate Has Passed
The U.S. Congress has adopted a bill that requires drivers to track their hours of service using electronic logging devices. If you must file a record of duty status (RODS), this mandate affects you. So, consider this your go-to resource for current legislation, stakeholder positions on the EOBR rule and how trucking regulatory compliance will impact your business.
On Monday, a mammoth tornado spanning 1.3 miles wide cut a path through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. In the end, 24 people were killed, nine of them children. And now, as the work of picking up the pieces begins, the trucking industry will find itself at the center of the Oklahoma disaster relief effort.April 15, 2013
In June of 2012, the U.S. Congress adopted the MAP-21 bill. Among other things, the bill requires the use of an electronic logging device to track hours of service for all carriers that are required to file a record of duty status (RODS). This decision affects fleet owners, fleet managers, dispatchers and drivers, whether independent, a small fleet or a large fleet.
EOBR implementation timeline
As we all know, the timeline for implementation has been a moving target. The timetable was thrown off in 2012 when proposed rules were challenged in court.
Planning is difficult with uncertain timing, but here are some general guidelines based on what we hear from observers in Washington:
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A fight over transmission room on the airwaves for mobile devices is brewing. If trucking operations want to avoid being left high-and-dry as wireless bandwidth demand skyrockets, they’d better pay attention.
Lets take a look at the looming situation, why it’s important, and how you can avoid being impacted by this “spectrum crunch.”
Spectrum crunch demands your attention
The exponential growth of wireless bandwidth demand is a topic that shouldn’t be left to the techno-geeks alone. To be sure, an understanding of the issue will help trucking firms make smarter technology investments that will save them money in the long haul. That’s because competition for capacity at the high end threatens to crowd out older technology—technology many in the trucking industry use to log Hours of Service, fuel efficiency metrics, and DVIRs.
Where data collection functions are locked under a dome, they will be unable to upgrade to 4G LTE and successor technologies. And that means they’ll be left behind in the race for wireless capacity, functioning only on older, slower, and less-supported parts of the spectrum.December 17, 2012
EOBRs and the proposed mandate are at the center of a heated debate. OOIDA has argued that the devices are used to harass safe, hardworking truck drivers and are an invasion of privacy. On the flip side, the ATA has argued just as forcefully that they play a critical role in managing a compliant fleet. Driver harassment device or fleet compliance tool? Which is it?
Certainly, you’ve formed an opinion of your own. And the FMCSA wants to hear it.
FMCSA will survey carriers and drivers
Yesterday, the FMCSA submitted an Information Collection Request to the White House Office of Management and Budget.
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Note: On December 1, 2012, the following changes to the CSA regulations went into effect.
December is just around the corner, and with it come some fairly sizeable CSA changes. Are you up-to-speed?
Let’s take a look at what you can expect:
1. CSA changes to Hours of Service Compliance BASIC
The fatigued driving BASIC will now become the Hours of Service (HOS) Compliance BASIC.
What does that mean?