February 18th, 2021
How Federal Trucking Regulations Become Law, Part 2

When a federal agency, like the FMCSA, proposes so-called “legislative rules,” it means regulations that are made pursuant to the agency’s Congressional charter or Congress’s specific direction. The agency must then follow the “informal rulemaking procedures” outlined in the APA. Most people recognize these “informal” procedures as the “notice-and-comment” steps of federal rulemaking. Learn more about this.

February 17th, 2021
FMCSA Extends COVID-19 Declaration Through August of 2021

UPDATED, May 27, 2021 -The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is again extending its Emergency Declaration giving motor carriers and drivers relief from specific federal safety regulations related to the hauling of COVID-19 relief supplies. This extension specifically covers the transportation of vaccines, their components and supplies necessary for their administration. FMCSA is continuing the overall relief through the end of August, 2021. Starting June 1, 2021 and running through August 31, 2021, this will replace and modify the prior Emergency Declaration, which was set to run through May 31, 2021.

Blog, Regulations
February 15th, 2021
New Whitepaper Helps Truck Fleets Improve Driver Fitness, Controlled Substances & Alcohol BASICs

“BASICs – Improving Driver Fitness and Controlled Substances & Alcohol” details how the Driver Fitness and the Controlled Substances & Alcohol BASICs address regulatory requirements that often affect a driver prior to hiring and outside of commercial motor vehicle operations. These areas can quickly receive enforcement attention and trigger investigations when problems are found.

February 10th, 2021
Podcast #50: Why The Journey Toward Autonomous Trucks Is Taking Longer Than Planned

In 2014, the first announcements from truck manufacturers were made about plans to start offering fully autonomous trucks by 2025. With a little less than four years left before this deadline, it has become clear we’re not going to see trucks without drivers by then. Listen to this episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast as host Evan Lockridge speaks with trucking journalist Jack Roberts about why this has happened.

Blog, Podcasts
February 4th, 2021
How Federal Trucking Regulations Become Law, Part 1

In part one, we compare regulations to other forms of government action – statutes, studies, pilot projects and guidance. We touch on sanctions that can come from violating regulations and how to contest citations. We share how to find what regulations the government intends to pursue and where to locate the regulatory proposals currently in play. And we look at the sources of proposed regulations, as well as the limitations on what any regulatory agency can do.

February 1st, 2021
How Truckers Can Avoid Unsafe Drivers

These same lessons we learned in driver’s ed all those years ago also apply to the safe operation of a truck. Stay away from trouble, and alert authorities to potentially drunk, drugged or incapacitated drivers. Lessons every professional driver should know, and every motor carrier should reinforce.