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Snippets is our new feature where every few weeks we will bring you just the most relevant news in bite-sized snippets so you don’t have to scour pages and pages of information to stay updated.

For March we have lined up the following:

Trucking is still growing:

  • 19,000 jobs have been added over the past year.
  • There were 1.47 million U.S. truckers in February 2018, up 1.4 percent from the same month a year earlier.
  • There is a huge demand for truckers which means that wages are rising. Costs are being passed on to consumers.
  • As truckers have to reduce miles traveled per day to stay within their driving limits, there are more loads chasing after available trucks.
  • A strong economy and increased freight demand have made the problem worse.

The latest on the ELD Mandate:

  • Truckers are limited by federal law to driving no more than 11 hours a day within a 14-hour workday. Drivers must then be off duty for 10 consecutive hours.
  • Law enforcement and regulators will start fining drivers who don’t use an ELD beginning April 1.
  • Those found in violation could be pulled off the road and will then be required to remain out of service, or parked, for 10 hours in accordance with the CVSA criteria.
  • At that point, the driver will be allowed to travel to the next scheduled stop but should not be dispatched again without an ELD
  • 67.3 percent of the truckers say they are driving fewer miles since the ELD rule started late last year