February 7th, 2024
Getting Required Truck Driver Medical Exams May Become Difficult

Motor carriers and truck drivers are required to use certified medical examiners for driver physical examinations. Medical examiners who do not fully register with Login.gov by Feb. 23 will be dropped from the National Registry and will be unable to submit or retrieve driver data. In other words, they will be unable to perform the functions of a certified medical examiner.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
February 6th, 2024
Lessons from the Truck Sleeper Berth Compensation Case

The First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld a lower court decision, ruling that sleeper berth time beyond eight hours in a team driver operation was compensable. The case involved a motor carrier’s truck driver training program where driver trainees occupied the sleeper berth for ten hours and more while their veteran co-drivers operated the truck. For motor carriers considering truck driver compensation, the ruling case offers at least three major lessons.

Blog, Regulations, Trucking Community
February 1st, 2024
Trucking Things to Know Now, Part 12: Federal Regulatory Updates

Whatever the political headlines of the day, federal agencies continue to add new trucking regulations, adopt new forms, and extend or discontinue previous waivers and exemptions. In this series, “Trucking Things to Know Now,” PrePass provides quick updates on regulatory developments, often with links to more information.

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January 29th, 2024
California Dreamin’ of Zero-Emissions Trucks Hits Bump in the Road

Work by the American Transportation Research Institute underscores the challenges ahead for all-electric fleets in California. The battery materials needed to power millions of  California based cars and trucks would consume over 400% of the annual global production of cobalt, 379% of graphite, 492% of lithium, and a “mere” 89% of global nickel production.

Blog, Regulations
January 25th, 2024
New Independent Contractor Rules Will Affect Owner-Operator Truckers

These latest DOL regulations reject a Labor Department ruling from the prior administration that attempted to simplify the employee/independent contractor question by establishing two “core” factors, out of six factors overall, in determining worker status – the nature and degree of control over the work and the worker’s opportunity for profit or loss. The new final rule considers all six factors  equally under an “economic reality test.”

Blog, Regulations, Trucking Community
January 22nd, 2024
Want More Bypasses? 6 Ways to Increase Weigh Station Bypass Opportunities.

Sometimes your PrePass weigh station bypass transponder may not give you the green light to continue down the road, and your truck must pull into a weigh station. What happened? And, more particularly, what steps can you take to ensure it doesn’t happen again? Here are six ways truck drivers and motor carriers can increase their bypass chances.

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