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What Lies Ahead in 2019 For Trucker Hours of Service: ELD Focus

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White truck trailer on winding road between green hillsAll indications suggest the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) Mandate is firmly in place with little change expected. 2019 will see the older generation of automatic onboard recording devices “grandfathered” for two years under the ELD Mandate, being replaced. Disruption is expected to be minimal as the transition occurs. The resounding theme of FMCSA’s response to petitions filed against the ELD Mandate this year was that none of the petitioners thoroughly explained how they would achieve the equivalent level of safety. In 2019, FMCSA will be focused on introducing flexibility into the Hours of Service for drivers. Compliance with the ELD Mandate is nearly 99%, which is seen in the road inspection data where only 1.61 percent of drivers inspected were cited for not having an ELD. Of those 12,906 drivers, 12,012 were placed out of service. The theme of the Hours of Service focus will be flexibility, not that drivers desire to work longer hours. The last major revision to the hours of service was in 2004. The good news is, hours of service violations have decreased by over 48% within the last year, giving FMCSA the focus to address the hours of service issue for the trucking community.

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Brad Stewart, President

By Brad Stewart

Co-Founder, CCO

Brad’s journey into logistics began as a Marine Officer and transitioned from the LTL docks to the non-asset side within the logistics service provider arena.  As a co-founder of Rockfarm, Brad drives our business development efforts and delivery of our promise. An Arizona native, Brad enjoys spending time outdoors in his home state with his wife and family.

“Our approach to the market allowed us an opportunity to push forward in 2008 and enable our mission, “lower the cost to serve” to stand as a cornerstone to our company today.”


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