October 2nd, 2023
FMCSA to Gather Data about Truck Driver Detention and Truck Maintenance

FMCSA would look at the frequency and severity of detention time, contributing factors, and outcomes, including lost productivity, supply chain impacts, hours of service violations, and accidents. The agency proposes to use a working definition that detention occurs when dwell time – total time at a facility – exceeds two hours.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
September 27th, 2023
Taking Control of Speeding in Your Truck Fleet

Trucking will face a continual flow of regulations so long as highway safety deteriorates. And many of those regulations will attempt to control some aspect of speed and speeding because speeding is one of the most frequent reasons cars and trucks are pulled over and simple physics tells us that crashes at higher speeds are more deadly and damaging.

Blog, Safety, Trucking Community
September 21st, 2023
Get Ready for Next-Level Vehicle Technology: V2X

Imagine driving down a city street. The traffic light ahead senses the speed of your approach and stays green for your benefit. Then imagine that the same traffic light sends you a message to keep your speed at 34 mph and you will have green lights at every intersection. The result is time and fuel saved plus reduced vehicle emissions.

Blog, Safety, Technology
September 14th, 2023
FMCSA Accepting Petitions to Roll Back Meal and Rest Break Rules

The California and Washington State preemption rulings have withstood legal challenge. Nonetheless, FMCSA now takes the unprecedented step of accepting waiver petitions to set aside those rulings. FMCSA advises prospective petitioners that they need not argue that the preemption decisions under the prior administration were erroneous. Instead, FMCSA requests that petitioners address three issues.

Blog, Regulations, Trucking Community
September 12th, 2023
Got Trucking Hazmat Questions? PHMSA Developing FAQs.

There is a little-known U.S. Transportation Department agency that is responsible for developing and enforcing regulations for the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials, including by truck. Recently, it took another step to help improve compliance with federal hazmat regulations.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
September 6th, 2023
The Trucking Lawsuit Issue and How to Fix It

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) documents and studies the impact of litigation on trucking, tracking both large and small but numerous verdicts. Now the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, through its Institute for Legal Reform, is building on the ATRI research. Chamber researchers offer an overview of truck accident litigation and its effect, not just on trucking, but on the customers of trucking and ultimately, the U.S. economy.

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