Category archive: Regulations

New Electronic Logging Device Final Rule is Released

Yesterday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced and released the long awaited electronic logging device (ELD) final rule.  This final rule mandates use of ELDs by interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles who currently use a driver’s record of duty status (driver’s log) to record their hours of service.  Within two years, motor…

Insurance Industry Pushes Electronic Logs and Speed Regulators

Driver fatigue received increased attention after comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured in a January 2014 incident when the limousine he was riding in was struck by a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. tractor trailer whose driver failed to notice traffic slowing ahead. Reports later indicated the truck driver had driven 12-hours to work before starting his…

Inspection Reporting Now Required for Defects Only

Effective December 18, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rescinded the requirement that commercial drivers file inspection reports when there are no vehicle deficiencies or defects. Thus, drivers are no longer required to file a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) at the end of each tour of duty. However, this does not alter…

ATTENTION: New License Requirements for Transporting Liquid Products

Do you transport liquids such as food syrups, milk, creams or other liquid food products? If so, you may need a Tank Vehicle endorsement on your CDL. During the summer of 2014, the definition of “tank vehicle” was revised to expand the number and type of vehicles hauling tanks for which drivers are required to…

Transportation Safety – There’s an App for that . . .

  From an operations position, safety is always at the forefront of every transportation company’s concerns. Recently, the federal agency charged with ensuring safety on the nation’s roadways, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), developed SaferBus. The first of its kind, SaferBus is a multilingual app that allows commercial bus passengers an unprecedented ability…

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