Move Over Laws

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Truck Insurance Roseville, CAAll fifty states in the country have implemented move over laws to protect first responders, tow operators and police officers along highways. This law requires drivers to give a one lane safeguard for stopped emergency vehicles. If you fail to move over, you could be pulled over and receive a moving violation.

The “Move Over, America” laws is in partnership with the National Safety Commission, The National Sherriff’s Association and the National Association of Police Organizations. While the law is more about protecting our law enforcement that it is to penalize drivers who don’t obey the laws, it was put into place to protect our officers after 150 officers had been killed by other drivers since 1997 *

According to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling, 71 percent of American have not heard of the move over laws, while 86 percent of people support them.

Helping to protect our law enforcement officers is everyone’s job. If you’re an experienced trucker, you likely already know this law. From time to time, you may get stuck and be unable to move over. This is understandable so be sure to slow way down so the officers can see you approaching and passing. Drive by example to make our highways safer for everyone.

Have questions about your truck insurance? Contact an agent at Network Truck Insurance Services. We’ll answer your questions and find you the best coverage for your needs.

*https://www.nationalsafetycommission.com

Truck Driver Shortages

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California Truck Insurance AgencyOur nations national disasters from hurricanes in the Gulf Region to floods in Texas have added to the already existing truck driver shortage problem in the U.S..  Additionally, the new hotly contested mandate for ELD that took effect in December of 2017 has further impacted this shortage.

Truck driver shortages likely means increased salaries and increased shipping costs for consumers and businesses. According to a report by the American Trucking Association, the driver shortage is expected to surpass 50,000 drivers and if the current trend holds, by 2026 the industry will be short 174,000 drivers. Taking into account driver turnover and retirements, this means that over the next decade almost 900,000 new drivers will be needed.

Truck driving is a rewarding profession with competitive pay and allows many owner-operators the freedom from the corporate world. It is also one of the most stable professions out there. If you’re considering becoming a truck driver and owning your own business, talk to one of our licensed agents about your interest & we can shop for truck insurance. We can help you understand the costs of running your business as well as finding out of this field is right for you.

ELD Mandate Device Compliance

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In December of 2017 the mandate for ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) started. While many devices claimed to be compliant, how are you to know what devices are FMCSA certified and which ones are not? The FMCSA recently provided a checklist to consider before selecting a device for your truck.

Before you purchase an ELD, have the vendor confirm that it:

  • Provides separate accounts for drivers and administrative (non-driver) ELD users
  • Has “integral synchronization” with the engine control module to automatically record engine power status, vehicle motion status, and other data
  • Automatically records all driving time and at intervals of 60 minutes. Records date, time, location, engine hours, vehicle miles, and driver identification
  • Reduces location accuracy to a 10-mile radius when vehicle is used for authorized personal use
  • Records location with an accuracy of one-mile radius during on-duty driving periods
  • ELD time is synchronized with UTC (coordinated universal time)
  • Retains data for the current 24-hour period and the previous 7 consecutive days
  • Prevents tampering; does not allow anyone to alter or erase information originally collected for driver ELD records
  • Prevents tampering; does not allow anyone to alter or erase information originally collected for driver ELD records
  • Requires driver to review unidentified driver records – and either acknowledge assignment of this driving time, or indicate that the records do not belong to the driver
  • Allows a driver to obtain a copy of his/her ELD records on demand – either through a printout or electronic file
  • Supports one of two options for electronic data transfer:
    • Telematic Type: using wireless web services or email
    • Local Transfer Type: using USB 2.0 or Bluetooth
  • Displays all required standardized data to authorized safety officials on demand – through a screen display or printout that includes three elements: a daily header, graph grid showing driving duty status changes, and detailed daily log data. The graph grid, if printed, must be at least 6 inches by 1.5 inches
  • Requires driver certification and annotation (written explanation) for any edits to records that are made by the driver or any other ELD user
  • Volume control or mute option for any audio feature

*Information checklist provided by the USDOT

The new rules and regulations regarding the ELD devices can be confusing. If you have any questions about this device feel free to call and ask to speak with one of our commercial truck insurance specialists or request a quote on our website.