ELD Mandate: Industry Improvement or Infringement of Rights?

 

With the deadline of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate steadily approaching in December of 2017, much has been said on either side of this hot-button issue. What is intended to be an advancement for the trucking industry has created a divisiveness with strong proponents on either side.

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New California License Plate

License plates used in the 1960’s on California vehicles are making a come back. The California License Plate Program, which was introduced in 2012, offered the opportunity to purchase plates from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

Each required of a minimum of 7,500 paying customers before January 1, 2015 to begin manufacturing these plates. Only the 1960’s plates made the cut and as of June 17, 2015 the DMV has been accepting orders for these specialty plates. For those who purchased 1950s and 1970s plates, were refunded in January and February 2015 for their orders.

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Trucker Dogs

Trucking is not for everyone because it is not only a job but it becomes part of your lifestyle. We all are aware of that or at least we should be. Only a certain few can sustain a career that involves spending weeks on the road away from home.

Trucker Dogs

That’s where trucker dogs come in. Trucker dogs can alleviate the strain that comes with spending so much time on the road. As with any other pet, trucker dogs are known to improve the overall physical and mental health of their owners.

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Pet Friendly Trucking Companies

A trucking career offers many benefits; a flexible work schedule, paid travel, and a constant change of scenery to name a few.  One perk that I’m personally fond of is that truckers are able to bring their pets to work. Below you can find a list of companies that currently have a pet friendly policy. 

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ELD Mandate

MAP-12 Bill

The enactment of the MAP-12 bill required the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to develop a rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs), hence the ELD Mandate.

ELDs will be used to electronically record a driver’s Record of Duty Status which will replace paper logbooks.

On December 10, 2015 the FMCSA established the minimum performance and design standards for hours of service electronic logging devices. The rule will take into effect December 16, 2017.

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IFTA and IRP Audit Workshop 2016 part 2

On part 2 of the IFTA and IRP workshop, the big topics of conversation were electronic records, ELDs, and GPS. It’s important to recognize that not all systems are created equal. The difference boils down to the records available to the carrier, and what the device actually does. An auditors job is to make sure all the miles are being accounted for, but that can only be measured if the proper records are available.

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