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9 Apr 14

We've seen quite a few changes in trucking regulations already this year. Some rules have been postponed, others removed, a couple added, and a big one is still on the way. Below is a look at the 5 regulations that could affect your trucking business the most.

1. ELD Mandate

Of course, Electronic Logging Devices are what's on most people's minds. Come Dec. 18, every carrier will be required to have ELDs in their trucks, which the driver will use for their hours-of-service (HOS) logs. Some drivers think it's an overreach by Big Brother, while other owner-operators see it as an added expense and obstacle that could put them out of business. Most hope that the Trump administration will do away with it.

So far, we haven't seen anything to suggest that it's going anywhere. President Trump's executive order to freeze new regulations applied to proposed rules like speed limiters, but the ELD mandate is already law. Most of the big carriers have been using ELDs for years – organizations like the ATA support the ELD mandate – so it's small carriers and owner-operators who will be most affected by the law. 

Back in Novemeber, Todd Spencer, executive vice president of OOIDA, pointed out to Overdrive Magazine that the political climate hasn't changed so much since the ELD mandate was first introduced.

"We've had Republican control of both the Senate and the House for quite a while," he explained.  "Unfortunately, the ELD rule was pushed through by Republicans in Congress, even some Tea Party Republicans."

That said, OOIDA recently filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court to try to stop the rule.

2. Carrier Safety Fitness Determination

The FMCSA announced that they're postponing the new rules that would measure a carrier's Safety Fitness Determination. Most carrier associations opposed the SFD because the guidelines were based on safety data they considered to be flawed.

3. New Food Safety Rules

New standards for transporting food went into effect in April. For now, the new rules only apply to large companies, and everyone else has until April 2018 to comply. You can click here to see if your company is exempt.

4. HOS: 34-Hour Restart

The 2013 version of the 34-hour restart rule required that drivers be off duty for two periods from 1:00 to 5:00 AM in order to reset their hours of service. You could also only use the restart once per week. A recent study of the rules determined that they weren't any safer, so those are now gone for good. 

5. Final Stage of MC Numbers Rule Suspended

The Unified Registration System will eliminate docket numbers (MC numbers) for carriers and brokers (FF numbers, etc), identifying them solely by their DOT number. While NEW carriers and brokers are now required to use the URS, the final phase will apply to EXISTING carriers and brokers. That final stage is on hold for now


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Comments (9) -

I'm not using that damn ELD, they can shove that thing right where the sun don't shine.

I'll drive for as long as I can without them putting me out of business, since I am pretty much out of business with paper logs as is, why the hell would I stamp that with an ELD?...

If you guys want to stop ripping off truckers and pay us $3.50 per mile then I'll gladly take that damn ELD, until then my middle fingers are up.


Norm Taylor
Norm Taylor

Companies that charge the owner operator 4 tattletales are no longer companies that I want to work for they're so concerned about kissing the FMCSA ass then let them pay for the tattletales I mean really it's like paying a guard in a prison to give you your daily allotment of bread and water and if you don't have the funds then you may as will shrivel up and die in other words it's Ludacris to have to pay for someone or something to tell on you about your every move throughout the day whatever happened to our freedom


Rodney Spencer
Rodney Spencer

I agree, LED is going to put me out of business,  the federal government is like. Hitler, always telling everybody what to do and how to do it,  if you don't comply, you get fined and or go to jail. If they will raise the rates for hauling to 3.50 per mile, I might have a chance to survive. I can only pray they will throw it out.


hauling ass
hauling ass

all of us lil co.s as we are labeled need to block up the roads and pumps so no companies big or small moves any freight until they realize what they are messing with.


I have been using ELDs since 96, I have no problem with them, they go by the minute not 15 minutes as on your paper logs, but you've got to stay on top of them, Drivers screw themselves when they don't change duty status, Drivers will go on duty to get fuel they hang up the nozzle and spend 15 minutes in the truck stop without changing to off duty, (lost time). I  average 775 miles a day (in high speed states)  and no more logbook violations !!!!!


That last guys msg is B.S. I used ELD for 2 yrs couldn't leafy do more than 2500 miles a wk. That just barely covered my fuel. Instead of putting more restrictions on trucks they need to come down hard on companies like nestle. Who hold u up for 12 hrs to load unload esp at grocery warehouses just to count n restock Freight. Penalize them for holding use for more than 30 min. That's plenty of time to load and off load.


ELD mandate will change trucking forever. I guess the paper logs did it in first and this is just a continuation. It will be sad to see a lot of the great drivers leave the industry.  Going to be a whole new way to truck soon ELDs.  Self driving trucks. Remember how awesome life was with out a cell phone?


No one is beating down the door to be a trucker. The industry is already behind on supply and demand. Small companies and owner operators are the ones that get it done. If you go with big corporate company's your load is a week late or sitting in a yard. It will be interesting to see what comes of this, a lot of lost reviniew to come. Have to weather the storm!


Mark Baranowski
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