All heavy duty trucks are required to have electronic logging devices (ELDs) by December 16, 2017. After that date, drivers will have to log their hours of service with an electronic logbook
ELD Mandate: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
A bill passed in December 2015 forced the FMCSA to take some CSA information away from public view, including percentile scores in the 7 Behavior Analysis & Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). The bill requires FMCSA to keep these scores hidden until recommendations are made for improvements.
New Year, New Safety Ratings
In July 2013, the FMCSA made changes to drivers' Hours of Service (HOS) that included two to the 34-hour restart rule:
Those two rules have since been rolled back, and the FMCSA is studying the safety and economic impact of the rules.
Hours of Service Restart Rules Rolled Back
The FMCSA plans to do away with MC numbers and other docket numbers (FF for freight forwarder, MX for Mexican carrier, etc.). The Unified Registration System (URS) becomes effective on September 30, 2016, and all businesses will be identified only by their USDOT number. To comply, carriers and brokers will need to register using the online URS system and update their company's information every two years.
MC Numbers Going Away
A new rule makes it illegal for carriers, brokers, and shippers to coerce drivers to violate hours of service or other regulations in order to make their deliveries. Breaking the rule can bring fines of up to $16,000.
What is Driver Coercion?
For years, the FMCSA has said that the amount of liability insurance required by carriers needs to be increased. The agency says that the current $750,000 liability insurance requirement that has been in place since 1985 has not kept up with inflation and the rising cost of medical care. The 5-year highway bill that passed in December 2015 did not require any immediate increase in liability insurance for carriers, but it did require a study into the issue, so it's delayed for now.
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