November 2nd, 2023
Cost/Benefit Changes = More Federal Trucking Regulations?

As part of the government cost/benefit analysis, some proposals are considered “significant regulatory actions” and become subject to more intense scrutiny. There are other reasons a rulemaking may be deemed “significant,” but the cost/benefit relationship is a major one. Think of it like an unanticipated bill – those proposed regulations exceeded the government budgetary limit (measured by “annual effect on the economy”) for rulemakings.

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October 30th, 2023
ATRI: The Finger on the Pulse of Trucking

Many believe we live in an era of disinformation and distrust of those who report the news. That’s why it is reassuring to know that someone actively listens to trucking industry concerns and then responds with thoughtful research on meeting those challenges. All done transparently and for free. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) fulfills this vital role. ATRI operates as a non-profit research organization and part of the American Trucking Associations Federation, whose driving purpose is the safety and productivity of trucking.

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October 26th, 2023
Stop Toll Management from Taking a Toll on Your Trucking Operation

Toll roads are a $5 billion annual challenge for U.S. trucking companies. Granted, they may offer quicker routes on the road, but in the office, they create administrative work that takes a toll on operational efficiency. If managing tolls is diverting your staff and office resources from more important dispatch and accounting functions, then it’s time to consider using a service that will save time and money while addressing your urgent needs.

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October 24th, 2023
Trucking Things to Know Now, Part 11: Federal Regulatory Updates

The U.S. Transportation Department’s recently updated its Significant Rulemaking Report. Some parties quickly pronounced that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration appeared to settle on a maximum 68 mph for truck speed limiters, applicable to model year 2003 and newer trucks equipped with electronic engine control units.

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October 18th, 2023
Carriers May Get Another Challenge to Truck Crash, Inspection Data

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is offering reassurance to motor carriers utilizing its DataQs system to challenge inaccuracies in truck crash and inspection data. No longer would appeals of DataQs decisions be ruled on by the same state-level personnel who made the original determination and then denied its reconsideration, according to FMCSA’s proposal in the Federal Register.

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October 11th, 2023
FMCSA Overhaul of Key Truck Safety Program Begins

UPDATED – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to potentially redo the Safety Fitness Determination process, which is part of its comprehensive Compliance, Safety, Accountability truck safety program. The SFD process can result in a declaration that a motor carrier is unfit and thereby prohibited from operating commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. This ANPRM falls hard on the heels of the FMCSA notice proposing to change its Safety Measurement System.

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