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Jason Craig — Director, Government Affairs- C.H. Robinson

Jason has 20 years of industry experience and a deep understanding of government policies. He monitors regulatory and legislative issues impacting the transportation and produce industries for C.H. Robinson. Jason is member of the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee (MFAC) and serves as an election judge in the City of Minneapolis.

FMCSA Releases Guidance: Personal Conveyance by Commercial Truck Drivers

On May 31, 2018, FMCSA issued updated guidance on use of personal conveyance by commercial truck drivers. Previously, guidance had restricted the use of personal conveyance to “unladen” vehicles, which many interpreted as bobtail or power only moves. This final guidance makes clear that drivers can use personal conveyance for laden vehicles in certain circumstances.

One of the biggest impacts this guidance will have is to finally provide clear guidance on what to do when a driver runs out of hours on private shipper property due to unexpectedly long loading or unloading delays. Previously there was no clear answer to this as we outlined in this blog from December 2014.

Specific information about the guidance
C.H. Robinson submitted comments specifically asking FMCSA to address this question and they responded as follows:

The following are examples of appropriate uses of a CMV while off-duty for personal conveyance that include, but are not limited to:
Time spent traveling to a nearby, reasonable, safe location to obtain required rest after loading or unloading. The time driving under personal conveyance must allow the driver adequate time to obtain the required rest in accordance with minimum off-duty periods under 49 CFR 395.3(a)(1) (property-carrying vehicles) or 395.5(a) (passenger-carrying vehicles) before returning to on-duty driving, and the resting location must be the first such location reasonably available.

New guidance adds flexibility
All ELDs have the ability to currently log personal conveyance time. This new guidance by FMCSA will allow drivers significantly more flexibility in the use of safe and appropriate personal conveyance than they were previously able to use.

- Director, Government Affairs- C.H. Robinson

Out-of-Service ELD Enforcement: 3 Things to Know

Out-of-Service ELD Enforcement: 3 Things to Know | The Road

On August 28, 2017, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that out-of-service orders regarding ELD compliance will not be enforced until April 2018. CVSA works with state-level law enforcement departments to enforce transportation policy.

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- Director, Government Affairs- C.H. Robinson

New CSA Report Recommends Program Overhaul: What Happens Now?

When to Adopt New Carrier Technology and When to Wait | The Road

A widely anticipated report on the Compliance Safety and Accountability program (CSA) was released on June 27 by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). This report was required by Congress as part of the FAST Act signed by President Obama in December 2015. There had been growing evidence and criticism by carriers, shippers, and brokers that CSA data, and specifically Safety Measurement System (SMS) BASIC percentiles, were misleading and inaccurate when applied to individual carriers.
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- Director, Government Affairs- C.H. Robinson

ELDs: What You Need to Know

ELDs: What You Need to Know | The Road

It appears at least one of the potential roadblocks to ELD implementation is now off the table. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court opted not to hear OOIDA’s lawsuit challenging the mandate that truck operators must use electronic logging devices to track hours of service beginning on December 18.

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- Director, Government Affairs- C.H. Robinson

3 Potential Disruptors to ELD Implementation

3 Potential Disruptors to ELD Implementation | The Road

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As the ELD mandate marches along toward a December 2017 implementation date, let’s recap some of the latest news and discussions in the marketplace. While most expect and plan on the ELD mandate to go into effect as scheduled, there are a handful of events and issues that could delay or outright vacate the rule.
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- Director, Government Affairs- C.H. Robinson