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The Office of Freight Mobility is responsible for advancing policies and programs that mitigate the adverse impacts of trucks on infrastructure and communities, while also improving truck delivery efficiency with an overall mission of supporting the City’s economic competitiveness. The Office of Freight Mobility can be reached through our hotline number at 212-839-6670.
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Trucks and commercial vehicles are essential to New York City, providing goods and services to millions of New Yorkers every day. The City's diverse mixture of land uses, dense urban environment and vast transportation infrastructure require a distinct set of rules and regulations to govern the operation of trucks and commercial vehicles. In order for this system to function efficiently, it is important that drivers observe these rules and regulations.

 

The information provided on these web pages is for educational purposes only. Please refer to the official New York City Traffic Rules and Regulations for the most current rules governing trucks and commercial vehicles.

 

Regulations, Trucking Company Long Island

 

 

With the new ELD mandate going into effect in less than a year, trucking companies will be dealing with a very different regulatory landscape. All interstate motor carriers will be required to have their trucks equipped with electronic logging devices by December, and truck drivers will have to switch over to electronic logbooks for their HOS logs. 

 

While the mandate has the potential to force some small carriers out of business -- possibly leading to higher freight rates, if capacity tightens -- there are several other proposed rules and regulations could also have major impacts on the trucking industry in 2017.

 

 

 

Here are 5 new regulations that could affect truckers and carriers the most.

 

ELD Mandate

 

Any truck driver who’s required to track Hours of Service must do so with an electronic logging device (ELD) by December 16. Some shippers may require the carriers they work with to make the change earlier than that. (According to the FMCSA site: "Drivers of vehicles manufactured before 2000" are exempt from the mandate, though there's some confusion as to whether the exemption will be based on manufacture date or model year.) 
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Hours of Service

 

Some portions of the HOS rules that were introduced in July 2013 were lifted again in 2014. The 2013 rules required 34-hour restarts to include two stretches between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM, and the restart could be used only once per seven days. Those provisions were suspended, and a study by the FMCSA and Virginia Tech University on the rules' safety impact will determine whether or not that suspension is permanent. According to Overdrive Online, the report is "under departmental review."
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MC Numbers

 

The Unified Registration System (URS) was scheduled to be fully implemented by January 14, but the FMCSA announced that it’s been delayed. Again. We should learn the new date sometime soon. Once it's in place, the URS will replace the FMCSA’s old registration system for operating authority, and going forward, all carriers, brokers, and freight forwarders will be identified solely by a DOT number instead of an MC, FF, or MX number.
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Speed Limiters

 

The public comment period closed last month on a proposed rule that would require speed limiters on vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 lbs. The FMCSA hasn't suggested what the top speed on the limiters would be. A large segment of those who participated in the public comment period argued against speed limiters, although some large carriers supported a 65 mph limit.
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Overtime Pay

 

New overtime rules were set to take effect last month, but a lawsuit filed in October by 21 states put the rules on hold. Current law says that any salaried employee making more than $23,660 per year is exempt from overtime pay. The new rules, if implemented, would push that limit up to $47,476 per year. It also would allow for 10% of commission or bonus pay to be counted toward the employee’s total compensation, but only if paid at least quarterly. Most drivers are paid by the mile, but dispatchers, salespeople, and other salaried employees could be affected.

 

Outriggers

 

 

A pull out outrigger,  does not require a board as does the swing outs or attached outriggers. Ramps provide access for driving the vehicle right onto the trailer outriggers. This type of system provides for a more stable loading as you don't experience movement on the board. An outrigger board lays on top of swing out or attached outriggers. The left image shows a board on attached outriggers. The end of the board has the potential to "flip up" once a wheel begins to travel on the board. Precautions should be taken to avoid "board flip". A trailer with outriggers is generally 96" or 102" wide. A 96" trailer is generally used more with agricultural equipment hauling. The outriggers can then be used to increase the trailer width to support as we mentioned earlier larger pieces of equipment that need a wider base or wider trailer. Another advantage to pull out outriggers like the kind shown below is that they can extend allowing a 13'6" wide trailer base. Whereas swing out outriggers might only add around 10" additional trailer width to each side. Pull Out Outrigger Attached Outrigger Swing Out Outrigger I mentioned "board flip", but boards can also brake or bust and so pull out's that don't use a board have that advantage. A board can bust easier depending on the spacing of the outriggers as well. Typically you will find spacing between outrigger supports every 12" to 22". Thank you and I hope you know more about trailer outriggers.