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Jeff Swan

25 years as a Wisconsin State Patrol officer, now HNI's transportation compliance expert.

Recent Posts by Jeff Swan:

International Roadcheck 2016 is Coming…Are Your Tires Ready?

2016 marks the 29th year that over 10,000 certified CVSA inspectors will participate in the annual 72-hour enforcement event in every jurisdiction across North America. On average, 17 commercial motor vehicles are inspected every second during this three-day event. This year the focus will be on tires in addition to the normal issues noted during roadside inspections.

Topics: Transportation

Springtime in the Midwest Means Soft Shoulders and Large Fines

With the return of spring we enter the period where road restrictions start making their annual appearance. Over the last few years, we have started seeing a trend in increased prohibitive signage popping up in various communities, counties, and townships. If not followed, these signs could cost you big time.

ELD Mandate Part 2: The WHEN and the WHY

 As transportation stakeholders prepare for the FMCSA's new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, our goal is to help guide you in your efforts. 

Topics: Transportation

ELD Mandate Part 1: The WHO and the WHAT

Most of the affected transportation stakeholders have by now at least heard of the FMCSA's new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. Some of you probably are way ahead of the curve in preparation for ELDs, while others might still wonder if it even applies to your business. Our two-part blog series—followed by a two-day workshop in March—will address the basics and alleviate the concerns of anyone who is confused by the regulation.

Topics: Transportation

Safety Fitness Methodology Set to Change

Today, January 21, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will publish in the Federal Register a NPRM to establish the new methods they will use to determine when a motor carrier is "unfit." This proposal will radically change the way the FMCSA assigns safety ratings for all interstate carriers. 

Topics: Transportation

FMCSA Releases Final Rule on ELD Use by Interstate Drivers

The FMCSA has released its final rule mandating the use of ELDs by interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles who currently use a driver's record of duty status (driver's log) to record their hours of service. 

The rule requires carriers to install FMCSA-registered and certified ELDs on their commercial motor vehicles within two years of the publication of the final rule. Publication is expected as soon as next week. Carriers who currently use automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) will have four years to move to the ELDs.