Full Compliance with Electronic Logging for Truckers Nears

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The full-compliance deadline for motor carriers and drivers to comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations to install electronic logging devices (ELDs) in their vehicles on or before Dec. 16, 2019 is fast approaching. The rule covers motor carriers and drivers who are currently required to maintain records of duty status. It applies to commercial buses as well as trucks, and to Canada and Mexico-domiciled drivers. To maintain records of duty status, many fleets and drivers have been using automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs), but those will have to be phased out in favor of the more advanced ELDs….
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Newsom Signs Sweeping Independent Contractor Bill AB 5

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation into law that will codify a court ruling from last year that set new ground rules for what constitutes an independent contractor, and which expands on that ruling. There’s been a lot written in the media about the legislation, AB 5, and unfortunately much of it misses the point. Some news reports have said it will spell the end of independent contractors in the state and that anyone a company hires to do a temporary job on contract must be treated as an employee, along with all of the obligations that go with…
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As Dump Trucks Grow Longer, Tip-overs Increase

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Dump truck tip-overs are occurring at an increasing frequency, often resulting in drivers and surrounding workers being injured or killed. The reason for the increase is that end-dump-truck bodies and semi-trailer dumping rigs are being built longer than ever before. For the most part, tip-overs are more often associated with semi-trailer rigs than with straight dump trucks, but both are susceptible to tipping over. If you have these vehicles in your fleet, you should be concerned about the main factors that can result in tip-overs: Truck stability Poor hazard controls Poor maintenance Improper loading Improper dumping Stability The time when…
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Truckers May Be in for Higher Policy Limits

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Truckers would be required to purchase insurance with higher limits under a new proposal issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA has submitted a report to Congress, stating that the current minimum coverage of $750,000 for general freight carriers is not enough to cover the costs of damage from some crashes. The reason that it’s no longer enough, the agency says, is due to increasing medical treatment costs for accident victims. The federal agency has yet to recommend the new minimum coverage it would like to see imposed on truckers throughout the country, but it was on…
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