FMCSA Official Says Zero Chance Of ELD Deadline Extension

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Errol V.'s Comment
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This article was recently posted on Commercial Carrier Journal's web page:

FMCSA official says zero chance of ELD deadline extension

Towards the end of the page is a Q & A including stuff about Personal Conveyance. Also, first I've heard about this: CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse:

Both the motor carrier and driver will need to have accounts set up in advance. Registration for carriers and drivers will be available within the next few weeks, he said, at clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov.

(No charge for drivers.)

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Yeah - the clearinghouse has been in the works for a couple of years. Not fully implemented you - but WILL BE MANDATORY soon. Kinda like it tooks YEARS to get the DOT Med stuff online - not sure if that's even 100% yet.

There's a few organizations that have been fighting the deadline - and a few others that are still seeking some classification that will allow an exemption. But it AIN'T HAPPENING. The only folks that can't run "true ELD's" are the guys with "pre-computer" trucks - because the ELD's have to connect to the computer, because that's how they verify compliance (the ELD monitors truck in motion, but communications with the trucks ECU systems).

Many smaller operators see the ELD mandate as an attempt to push them out of the industry. There really isn't that great of a financial outlay for the system. A few hundred for the hardware, and a minimal monthly charge if you're using an "online synch". I have friends that use a bluetooth dongle connected to the OBD port, that talks to an app on a tablet (or phone) - but these are small guys that are doing motorcycle transport (yet still must comply with FMCSA regs).

Rick

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Hit submit too soon.

But the REAL COMPLAINT that the little guys won't say in public - is that it PREVENTS THEM FROM CHEATING. And in many cases - the only real advantage they have (or HAD as the case may be) over the Megas, is the ABILITY TO CHEAT on their logs and get more hours/miles in.

Again - the disadvantages of being a little guy, over a company driver for a mega - in a very competitive/low margins industry.

I've engaged in the "safety aspects" of HOS regs - and while I agree there should be a little more flexibility in them - I don't want to share the road with 80,000 lbs of rolling death, with a driver that's been behind the wheel for 16 hours either.

Rick

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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