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January 2016 Newsletter

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Guide To The NEW ELD Mandate

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published their final ruling on future Hours of Service documentation. Starting in 2017, all non-exempt motor carriers and drivers will be required to adopt electronic logging devices (ELDs) to document their Hours of Service compliance rather than using paper logs.

Who Must Comply?

The rule applies to any motor carrier or driver currently required to prepare and retain paper record-of-duty in accordance with Part 395 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
The following drivers are exempt from installing and using ELDs and may continue to use paper logs:

  • Drivers using paper logs no more than 8 days during any 30 day period
  • Drivers who conduct driveaway or towaway operations, wherein the vehicle being driven is the commodity being delivered (i.e. transporting an empty vehicle for sale, lease or repair)
  • Drivers of pre-2000 model commercial vehicles
  • Drivers or carriers who are currently not required to keep record-of-duty statues due to their operations falling under the “short-haul” exemption


When Does It Apply?

Drivers must transition to using compliant ELDs by December 2017 unless they have automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) that are grandfathered under this rule. For those carriers or drivers using AOBRD’s that full under this grandfather clause, they will be give an additional two years (until December 2019) to install and begin using ELDs to document their hours of service.


For Complete Guide, Click Here.

Training Class | Vehicle Inspection – Feb 11th | Register Today

Register today for our two hour seminar on the fundamentals of pre-trip and post-trip inspections. We will cover the most common defects drivers miss in an inspection, the most commonly cited maintenance violations, and the behaviors and knowledge necessary to make a thorough and complete inspection every time you or your driver walks around a truck. Our class will be lead by Jordan Fullerton of Pacific Fleet Inspections, one of leading experts in commercial vehicle mechanical inspections and FMCSA maintenance compliance in the Northwest.

February 11th, 2016 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Clackamas Learning Center
9111 Southeast Saint Helens St., Clackamas, OR 97015


Michelle Kalista


Operate a Reefer Trailer? You May Have a Tax Deduction Coming!

The 18.3 cents federal tax you pay at the gas pump on every gallon of fuel only applies to self propelled vehicles.  Carriers who purchase fuel to operate a Refrigerated Trailer or other non-road equipment may claim the total amount of taxes paid on these purchases as a deduction on their 2015 income tax using IRS form 4136.  If you are a Glostone Trucking Solutions Fuel Tax Reporting customer and reported reefer fuel purchases to us, we will calculate your deduction and provide a completed form 4136 for you at no additional cost.  If you have questions, give us a call at 503-607-1088.


Annual Random Drug Testing Rate Fell for 2016

The FMCSA announced that it is “reducing the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) requiring a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from the current rate of 50 percent of the average number of driver positions to 25 percent of the average number of driver positions, effective in calendar year 2016.”

According to the law in place, the FMCSA Administrator has the discretion to decrease the minimum annual random testing percentage rate based on the reported positive random test rate for the entire motor carrier industry. During 2011, 2012, and 2013, the positive rate for controlled substances random testing fell below the 1.0 percent threshold for 3 consecutive calendar years.

As a result, the FMCSA is lowering the controlled substances minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing to 25 percent of the average number of driver positions.

“In accordance with 49 CFR 382.305(e)(2) if , in the future, the reported positive rate for any calendar year is equal to or greater than 1.0 percent, the FMCSA Administrator will increase the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing to 50 percent of all driver positions.”

Think You Know Compliance? Think Again!

Glostone Trucking Solutions was in the news!

FleetOwner Magazine published an article on the results of our Compliance Quiz. The article discusses the Top 5 most missed questions and the questions we were surprised were missed regularly. Orionally, there was around 130 test takers.

Since FleetOwner’s article was published online, and was that week’s Top 5 most visited article, another 120 more truck drivers, compliance professionals, and fleet managers took the quiz. And the results from the article and the new test takers? Not much better. The average score on the quiz is 65%. Can you do better?

For the FleetOwner article, Click Here.
To take the Compliance Quiz, Click Here


Trucking Conference | 2016 Safety Issues Update

– Free Annual Safety Issues Update by Standard & Best in Portland, OR
– Sponsored by EROAD

For the Trucking Industry, there have been many changes in the recent months. ELD’s coming into law, lowered random Drug Testing rates, and much more. To meet these new changes and challenges, Standard & Best invites you to this year’s Safety Issues Update where industry experts will explain the new rules and issues facing the trucking industry and how to stay compliant in 2016.

January 28, 2016 @

The Monarch Hotel in Clackamas, OR

FREE with pre-registration

Click here to register.

For more information, click here. 

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Who is CleanFleet? 
CleanFleet assists businesses with drug-screening by developing policies and/or managing screening programs in order to help establish and maintain a drug free workforce. Whether it’s complying with the DOT screening requirements or developing an unregulated program that fits the needs of your organization, CleanFleet is here to help! 

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