Topic: Trucking Regulations
The process of updating hours of service rules involved multiple steps that required time to complete. Some of those steps included comment periods, a proposal, another comment period, and now we’re in the home stretch. That’s because the FMCSA has announced their final ruling with four major changes to hours of service rules. The final rule is just what it sounds like, it’s the final step in the process of updating HOS. The rule goes into effect 120 days after it is published in the Federal Register. So, what are the four areas being updated? Let’s take a look.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again. Truckers are the lifeline of our economy. We are so proud to be able to work with and support so many carriers that provide essential goods and services to the country. During the COVID-19 or Corona Virus emergency, grocery stores are in constant need of replenishment and health care facilities needing more supplies. Truckers are the solution to those needs and are working harder (and safer) than ever. For that, we are all so thankful! News surrounding COVID-19 changes fast. We will try to keep you updated on major announcements concerning trucking and transportation
A trucker’s office isn’t a desk in a cubicle. It’s a moving 18-wheeler that weighs about 35,000 pounds and rolls up and down the highways. And when truckers are off-duty, they can’t put out an “on break” sign. So, what do they do when they are driving the truck, but they are off the clock? That’s where personal conveyance comes in. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines personal conveyance as “an off-duty status. There are no impacts to the 11- or 14-hour limitations for truck drivers, the 10- or 15-hour limitations for bus drivers, the 60/70-hour limitations, the 34-hour restart provisions, or any other off-duty status.”
The FMCSA Clearinghouse is a secure online database that will give employers, the FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs), and state law enforcement personnel real-time information about commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders’ drug and alcohol program violations. That includes records of positive drug or alcohol test results as well as test refusals. Also recorded in the Clearinghouse will be a driver’s completed return-to-duty (RTD) process and follow-up testing plan.
Hey Everyone, It’s Hannah and Reghan with Apex Capital. Thanks, so much for joining us, we’re here because some pretty big news broke yesterday when the FMCSA officially published their proposal for hours of service changes. There are five key areas that they’ve focused on and we’re going to break down what those five areas are and then we’ll talk about what you can expect to happen next.
Commerical truck insurance is one of the top 3 largest expenses for all trucking companies – whether they are seasoned or startups. Don’t have it? Well, you don’t run legally. Period. But there is a lot of misinformation regarding commercial truck insurance, especially when it comes to planning and pricing. We talked with trucking insurance experts John Mondics, President, and Jonathan Mondics, Vice President, of Plano, Texas-based Mondics Insurance Group, for a two-part series answering top-of-mind questions about factors that affect commercial truck insurance rates.
Whether you have been in business for years or you are a startup company, you know that trucking insurance is one of the top 3 largest expenses. Like fuel and maintenance, it’s a necessity. You don’t run legally without it. But there is a lot of misinformation regarding trucking insurance, especially when it comes to the planning for insurance and, of course, the pricing of insurance. So, we decided to lighten the load on the heavy topic. With the help of trucking insurance experts John Mondics, President, and Jonathan Mondics, Vice President, of Plano, Texas-based Mondics Insurance Group, we put together a two-part series answering top-of-mind questions about factors that affect commercial truck insurance rates. Part one focuses on the planning stage, the ramp-up to getting a quote and securing insurance.
Electronic Logging Device (ELD) was the buzzword of 2017 and 2018, right? The buzzing about ELDs has lessened a little in 2019, but that’s about to change with the upcoming deadline to switch from AOBRDs to ELDs by December 16, 2019. Love or hate ELDs, they’re here to stay. During the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) this year, we sat down with our ELD partner, KeepTruckin (KT), to talk about the AOBRD to ELD switch. Here is what Josh Tobin, Strategic Partner Manager at KeepTruckin, had to say.
t’s May. That means spring is in full swing, from fresh flowers to strong storms. It also means that June is around the corner and so is the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck. Are you ready? This year’s Roadcheck is June 4-6, a 72-hour blitz of commercial motor vehicle inspectors conducting inspections on commercial vehicles and drivers throughout North America.
Truckers that plan to haul through Kentucky, New Mexico, New York, or Oregon are required to have specific weight distance permits. Trucks hauling heavy loads across America’s highways cause wear and tear on roads. To counterbalance that damage there are…