May 23rd, 2022
Truck Leasing Task Force to Examine Lease-Purchase Agreements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is creating a special task force to examine truck lease agreements. The group will look at lease and lease-purchase agreements among motor carriers, leasing companies, owner-operators, and drayage drivers. The Infrastructure Bill, passed in late 2021, granted FMCSA authority to create the Truck Leasing Task Force. The 10-member TLTF will examine many areas related to truck leasing arrangements.

Blog, Regulations, Trucking Community
May 18th, 2022
4 Ways to Improve Inspector Relationships and Truck Inspection Results

Vehicle inspections range from minor inconveniences to major disruptions, depending on the inspection type and what inspectors find, stressed Steve Vaughn, vice president of field operations for PrePass, during the webinar “Improve Inspector Relationships. Improve Truck Inspection Results.” The former enforcement officer with the California Highway Patrol and past president of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance gave insight into inspections from both sides of the desk. He advised fleets to take four steps to improve fleet safety scores and avoid inspections.

Blog, Regulations, Safety, Trucking Community
May 12th, 2022
Rein in Your Truck Toll Costs

Toll changes happen on the fly, but the actual bills often arrive weeks or months later. By then, most fleets lack a good way to reconcile toll data with dispatch data. As a result, fleets pay more for tolls than they should. Doing so can have a massive impact on the bottom line. Effectively managing truck toll costs requires combining data collected by your toll payment provider with data from your transportation management system.

Blog, Tolling
May 9th, 2022
Podcast #65: Does the Truck ELD Mandate Actually Make Roads Safer?

Listen to this new episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast as we discuss the results of this study with Andrew Balthrop, research associate at the University of Arkansas. He talks with host Evan Lockridge about why some groups in trucking had more crashes after the ELD mandate took effect, how the devices greatly reduced one type of hours of service violation, and more.

Blog, Podcasts
May 5th, 2022
Roadcheck 2022: Concentrating on Truck Wheel Ends

The special focus on Roadcheck in 2022 is wheel ends. So, what is so special about wheel ends? Wheel end components include the wheels, rims, hubs, and tires on a commercial motor vehicle. Historically, violations involving those components account for about one-quarter of the vehicle out-of-service violations discovered during International Roadcheck.

Blog, Safety, Trucking Community
May 4th, 2022
FMCSA Reopening Truck Speed Limiter Rulemaking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has filed a Advance Notice of Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking, also called a Notice of Intent. This signals that the agency will develop a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, by reopening the speed limiter rulemaking from September 2016. Public comments to the ANSPR are due by June 3, 2022. The FMCSA ANSPR seeks public comments on a series of questions intended to help the agency develop its SNPRM.

Blog, Regulations, Safety