Regulations en Trailers, glider kits may get GHG reprieve from EPA <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> The agency plans to initiate a rulemaking effort to readdress the trailer and glider kit provisions of the Phase 2 GHG rules. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The <a href="">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency</a> (EPA) said this week that it <a href="">intends to revisit</a> certain provisions of the <a href="">Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel efficiency standards</a> that focus on trailers and glider kits.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Regulations Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:51:00 +0000 22011 at <p>Glider kit providers, especially, may cheer the EPA&#39;s move as the Phase 2 GHG rules capped the number of rebuilt engines they could use per year. (<em>Photo: Fitzgerald</em>)</p> The ELD delay: Will it happen? <div class="field-deck"> Anything is possible, but the odds seem long. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>NASHVILLE, TN. Efforts to legislatively delay the <a href="">electronic logging device (ELD) mandate</a> by <a href="">two years</a> will have to wait until Congress return from its summer recess in September, but for now, at least, the chances of the delay succeeding seem to be remote at best.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:14:00 +0000 21961 at <p>One industry expert gives the effort to delay the ELD mandate a 5% chance of succeeding. (<em>Photo: PeopleNet</em>)</p> Canada prepares for its version of the ELD mandate <div class="field-deck"> If draft rule issued this fall as expected, deadline for compliance would be 2019, with those using automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) getting until 2021. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>NASHVILLE, TN. Though it has been a long time coming in Canada &ndash; almost six years by one reckoning &ndash; an electronic logging device (ELD) mandate similar to the one in the U.S. is poised to be issued by the close of 2017 if all goes as planned.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:06:00 +0000 21951 at <p>One big difference: Canada&#39;s ELD rule will cover trucks back to the 1995 model year, as opposed ot the 2000 model year in the U.S.</p> Sleep apnea rulemaking is no more … for now <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="field-deck"> Two federal agencies abandon efforts to craft sleep apnea regulations for transportation workers, including truck drivers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration</a> (FMCSA) and <a href="" target="_blank">Federal Railroad Administration</a> (FRA) have both decided to table regulatory efforts aimed at the testing and treatment of sleep apnea for truck drivers and other transportation workers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:34:00 +0000 21821 at <p>However, FMCSA said it will consider an update to its existing sleep apnea guidance. (<em>Photo: Dear Dcotor</em>)</p> ELD mandate will increase costs <div class="field-byline"> Ashley Cruz, IBISWorld </div> <div class="field-deck"> While ELDs should cut paperwork costs for truckers and possibly reduce their fuel consumption as well, they won’t come cheap. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An analyst with consulting firm IBISWorld argues that while FMCSA insists that electronic logging devices (ELDs) will save trucking companies a collective $1.6 billion per year, the cost to comply with the new mandate could negate most of those savings.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Technology Mon, 31 Jul 2017 22:39:00 +0000 21741 at <p>IBISWorld estimates that the price of national trucking services will rise 6.2% in 2017 alone, partially due to the need to pay for ELD technology. (<em>Photo: </em><em>Omnitracs</em>)</p> Mixed reaction to proposed driverless vehicle legislation <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Teamsters concerned about job losses if autonomous trucks hit the road. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The approval by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce of a broad bill that would give the green light to autonomous vehicle usage on U.S. roads is drawing both praise and criticism from different interest groups.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Technology Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:07:00 +0000 21731 at <p>The bill would widen the number of manufacturers eligible for exemptions for testing and deployment purposes of self-driving vehicles. (<em>Photo: Peterbilt</em>)</p> Sorting out independent contractor status <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Congressional bill would alter tax code and establish two-part “test” to more firmly identify who is and is not an independent contractor. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A bill introduced this week by U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen (R-Minnesota) aims to more firmly establish the ability to use independent contractors across a variety of industries &ndash; especially in trucking.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:53:00 +0000 21701 at <p>This proposed Congressional legislation would provide &quot;clarity and guidance&quot; for businesses so they know they are properly classifying independent contractors without fear of IRS penalties.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> Gorilla Safety ELD offered in Spanish <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Makes compliance with ELD mandate easier for “bi-lingual fleets,” the company says. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Trucking software provider <a href="">Gorilla Safety</a> &nbsp;is rolling out a Spanish-language version of its electronic logging device (ELD) is now available in Spanish to address the hours of service (HOS) compliance needs of help &ldquo;bi-lingual fleets.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Technology Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:34:00 +0000 21621 at <p>While drivers must speak English during roadside inspections, it can be easier for some to manage their day-to-day operations in Spanish, the firm noted.</p> Trucking divided over ELD delay effort <div class="field-deck"> OOIDA supports two-year delay while ATA opposes it. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A controversial bill introduced by U.S. Representative Brian Babin (TX-36) <a href="">last week</a> that seeks to delay implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for two years is creating sharp divisions within the trucking industry.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:33:00 +0000 21601 at <p>Two-year delay in ELD mandate supported by some, opposed by others. (<em>Photo: Aaron Marsh/American Trucker</em>)</p> ELD rule probably here to stay, despite Congressional rider <div class="field-byline"> By Neil Abt </div> <div class="field-deck"> Committee’s effort to delay implementation of the controversial rule expected to come to naught. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Despite passage of a measure requiring additional study on the pending <a href="">electronic logging device</a> (ELD) mandate by a Congressional committee, chances of a major overhaul of that rule or even its stoppage is being characterized as a long shot at best &ndash; especially after the Supreme Court <a href="">declined to hear a legal challenge</a> to it last month.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:30:00 +0000 21491 at <p>Experts noted that the ELD mandate is not included in President Trump&rsquo;s efforts to halt new regulations because it was already in process prior to his inauguration.</p>