December 18th, 2023
FMCSA Raises Broker & Freight Forwarder Financial Responsibilities

Motor carriers have new protections against broker and freight forwarder fraud. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule on broker and freight forwarder financial responsibilities with the aim of alleviating the effects of broker or trustee non-payment of claims. FMCSA says it listened closely to motor carrier and trucking association concerns and proposals found in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking when making the changes to how it regulates brokers.

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December 13th, 2023
NLRB Joint-Employer Rule May Increase Trucking Labor Costs

The rule sets forth the factors the NLRB will examine when deciding whether two companies may be considered “jointly” responsible for the same employee. Joint responsibility potentially exposes both companies to legal damages for violation of worker’s rights and protections under law. Joint responsibility also opens a non-unionized company to the unionization efforts or grievances at another company. Founded in 1935, the NLRB is an independent federal agency protecting employees from unfair labor practices.

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December 11th, 2023
Three Ps Can Help Your Truck Fleet Deliver on Time This Holiday Season

As a fleet manager, on-time delivery is your daily focus. But this time of year brings heightened expectations and a public awareness that the food, toys, and all the fixings and trimmings probably travel somewhere out there on a truck. This time of year also brings winter weather and distracted motorists scurrying to make their own appointed rounds.What to do? Follow the three Ps.

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December 7th, 2023
FMCSA Making Improvements to Complaint Website

FMCSA largely agreed with the GAO findings and is acting to improve the website. As a result, truckers will no longer need to wonder who to contact at FMCSA about a complaint, who to talk to about coercion or harassment of truck drivers or attempted double-brokering of loads. NCCDB website improvements under the GAO guidance should make the instructions easier to follow. The complaints will, in turn, be routed by category to the appropriate FMCSA personnel for action.

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December 4th, 2023
Videos Series Launched to Increase Trucker Safety

While local truckers may be familiar with Colorado’s highways, those from out of state often are new to the intricacies of navigating winter driving conditions along steep mountain corridors, understanding chain and traction laws, managing hot brakes, and adhering to Colorado’s “move over law.” Each topic has its own dedicated, brief video as part of the overall series to help prepare drivers.

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November 30th, 2023
A Vital Component of Truck Safety: Understanding Roadside Inspection Reports

One key aspect of the blog is the importance of addressing violations promptly, including steps drivers and carriers should take if inspectors find violations. This inspection follow-up includes acknowledging the violations, taking corrective action, and ensuring completion of necessary repairs before the vehicle returns to service. Roadside inspection reports are not just a compliance requirement; they also serve as a tool for improving truck safety.

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