December 6th, 2022
Safe Trucking with Old Man Winter

Winter driving conditions mean all you and your team’s planning and preparation will be put into practice. Hopefully, you sat down with your dispatchers and drivers last spring and ran through the lessons learned over the previous winter – which roads proved troublesome in winter weather, which of the usual parking spots filled up when the snow fell, and which customer locations required a little extra time to reach.

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December 1st, 2022
New Report Reveals 6 Expected Trucking Regulations from FMCSA

Each spring and fall, the federal government publishes its Unified Regulatory Agenda listing the status of current and intended rulemaking activities for federal agencies. While the Fall 2022 edition of the Unified Regulatory Agenda has yet to make an appearance, the U. S. Department of Transportation just released its Significant Rulemaking Report.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
November 28th, 2022
Whether or Not You Operate LCV Trucks – Update Your Driver Qualification Files

Even for motor carriers who do not operate LCVs, this ICR should be a timely reminder: Commercial Driver’s License classes, endorsements, and training requirements differ by type of truck and cargo. Having the right driver in the right truck is a common-sense safety step. It’s so basic that it is part of the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICS), called Driver Fitness, in the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
November 22nd, 2022
U.S. Labor Department Proposes New Independent Contractor Definition

In its 184-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the U.S. Department of Labor proposes a multi-factor economic realities test that weighs six factors in determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor (owner-operator). This approach abandons the emphasis placed by the previous Administration on two “core” factors – the nature and degree of control over the work and the worker’s opportunity for profit or loss – which often favor independent contractors.

Blog, Regulations, Trucking Community
November 18th, 2022
Podcast #70: FMCSA Proposes New Electronic IDs for Most Trucks

Listen to this new episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast as we explore what’s in an FMCSA plan to require electronic IDs for trucks, if there are any benefits to it, how this would effect truck inspections and more. Joining host Evan Lockridge is Steve Vaughn, director of field operations for PrePass Safety alliance, and a former commercial law enforcement chief.

Blog, Podcasts, Regulations
November 16th, 2022
How to Rebalance the Scales of Justice in Trucking and Avoid a Nuclear Verdict

A jackpot justice system has caused nuclear verdicts against trucking companies to escalate. In fact, nuclear verdicts—those verdicts over $10 million—against trucking companies have skyrocketed 967% in the last 15 years, according to research from the American Transportation Research Institute. “That is pretty frightening. These verdicts outpace increases in health care costs and inflation,” said Paul Enos, CEO of the Nevada Trucking Association during the PrePass webinar “Rebalancing the Scales of Justice with Tactical Training in Trucking Litigation Defense.”

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