Regulations en Havis releases ELD mandate guide <div class="field-deck"> New whitepaper to plan total mobility solution is available online for free download </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">Havis</a> has released a new whitepaper to help fleet managers strategically plan their implementation of the new Electronic Logging Device&nbsp;(ELD) mandate.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:02:00 +0000 222871 at Report: State laws need changing to support platooning, AVs <div class="field-deck"> Tailgating laws are a “direct impediment” to the deployment of self-driving vehicles and platooning efforts, group says. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>One of the hurdles facing the wider deployment of <a href="">autonomous vehicles</a> (AVs) as well as efforts to develop <a href="">platooning strategies</a> for cars and commercial trucks alike are what&rsquo;s being called &ldquo;outdated state laws,&rdquo; according to a <a href="</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Technology Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:05:00 +0000 222711 at <p>To date Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas have all enacted &quot;tailgating&quot; exemptions to foster platooning and AV development.</p> Delay for ELD mandate? Leading transportation attorney says not likely <div class="field-deck"> House measure would require FMCSA study; Agency defends mandate </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Hours after a House committee passed a measure requiring additional study on the pending electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, a leading transportation attorney downplayed the chances of a major overhaul.</p> <p>Included in a Department of Transportation fiscal 2018 funding bill passed July 17 by the House Appropriations Committee was language requiring a closer look &ldquo;whether a full or targeted delay in ELD implementation and enforcement would be appropriate.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Technology Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:20:00 +0000 222661 at <p>In response to the House measure,&nbsp;FMCSA&nbsp;defended its efforts and said the ELD mandate&nbsp;&ldquo;requires only the most basic, lowest cost devices that still meet the statutory requirements.&rdquo;&nbsp;<em>(Photo:&nbsp;PeopleNet)</em></p> Omnitracs registers ELD solution with FMCSA <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Omnitracs announced it has <a href="" target="_blank">completed testing on an electronic logging device</a> (ELD) solution that it says meets the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration&rsquo;s (FMCSA) ELD mandate requirements.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Technology Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:16:00 +0000 222641 at House panel advances bill prohibiting truckers' meal, rest breaks by states <div class="field-deck"> Funding measure provides $17.8 billion for DOT in fiscal 2018 </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>A House subcommittee advanced a Department of Transportation funding bill that includes a provision blocking states from implementing their own meal and rest breaks for truckers.</p> <p>However, during a brief hearing on July 11, Rep. David Price (D-NC), ranking member of the House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development, said while he was not yet offering any amendments, the bill faces &ldquo;many hurdles to get bipartisan support.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:22:00 +0000 222351 at <p>The House bill would provide&nbsp;$45 billion&nbsp;from the&nbsp;Highway Trust Fund&nbsp;to be used for the&nbsp;federal-aid highways program and $758 million for FMCSA.&nbsp;<em>(File photo)</em></p> FMCSA plans nationwide ELD implementation tour <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration</a> (FMCSA) will conduct an electronic logging device (ELD) implementation tour starting later this week at the <a href="" target="_blank">Iowa 80 Truckstop Jamboree</a>.</p> <p>In December, the federal mandate requiring nearly all interstate commercial drivers to use ELDs to monitor hours of service is set to begin. To assist in the transition, FMCSA said agency staffers will attend industry conferences to answer questions and provide resources.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Technology Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:23:00 +0000 222171 at Report on cutting manufacturing regulations still being developed <div class="field-deck"> Business groups seeking higher truck weights, ELD exemptions </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The Commerce Department said its report to President Trump on boosting the nation&rsquo;s manufacturing sector though reducing regulations remains under development.</p> <p>An executive order signed by Trump during his first week in office ordered Commerce to recommend actions to prop up factory activity in the United States.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Sun, 09 Jul 2017 19:15:00 +0000 222091 at <p>The Commerce Department&#39;s report is expected to propose streamlining&nbsp;permitting and easing regulations to help domestic manufacturers. <em>(Photo: Ford Motors)</em></p> What’s the future of diesel? <div class="field-deck"> Uncertainty in the face of competition from alternative fuels </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The trucking industry has long depended on diesel engines and fuel to drive our nation&rsquo;s fleet of heavy-duty vehicles. However, with the tremendous strides that have been made in alternative fuels and electric vehicle technologies, including emissions reductions, price competitiveness, and fuel efficiency, we may have finally reach&shy;ed the turning point where diesel trucks begin to take a back seat.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fuel Regulations Running Green Silver Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:25:00 +0000 221861 at Chime in to pilot program <div class="field-deck"> Ability for drivers to stop and nap during 14-hour shifts is a must </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Deadlines make life interesting. Just ask the editor of Fleet Owner, who religiously informs me of my monthly cutoff date to get this column in. Quite obviously, I always want to write about something suitable, important to the industry, and at times, relate the position of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) on the issue if it proves to be a pertinent point.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Silver Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:53:00 +0000 221831 at Truck-mileage fee proposal meets fierce opposition in Wisconsin <div class="field-deck"> State struggles to reach new budget agreement </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>A proposal in the Wisconsin legislature to create a mileage-based fee on trucks to help fund highway improvements was met with fierce opposition from business groups.</p> <p>The proposal by state Rep Amy Loudenbeck (R) estimated it would create $138 million annually.&nbsp;It was supported by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R), but a number of state senators expressed opposition, leading Vos to say it would not be considered.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:16:00 +0000 221751 at <p>Walmart was among the companies and business groups voicing opposition to Wisconsin&#39;s proposal to implement a new mileage-based fee on trucks.<em> (Photo: Walmart)</em></p>