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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.

Blog, Safety, Trucking Community
September 1st, 2023
Podcast #75: The Problem with Truck Driver Medical Certificates

In order to legally drive a big rig in interstate commerce, truckers are required to have a physical examination from a qualified medical examiner. If they pass, they get a Medical Examiners Certificate that’s good for up to two years. However, nearly half of the nation’s truck drivers are certified for less than one year, resulting in problems for them as well as truck fleets.

Blog, Podcasts, Regulations, Trucking Community
August 28th, 2023
Urinalysis Fails to Catch Most Truck Driver Drug Use

In the study, hair testing revealed opioid use at a rate 25 times greater than detected by urinalysis. Cocaine was identified by hair tests 23 times more often than by urine tests. Amphetamines and methamphetamines? Thirteen times as much. Marijuana was found five times more, PCP three times more, and, though fewer in number, ecstasy a resounding 65 times as much as determined in urine tests.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
August 23rd, 2023
Tolls Cost Motor Carriers More Than Just Road Fees. Much More.

This article is not about the price of doing business on America’s roadways. Tolls aren’t going anywhere, and neither are their annual fee increases. This resource details the hidden costs beyond tolling rates and how overlooking the true price of ineffective toll management affects your business’s bottom line.

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August 22nd, 2023
Truck Safety Alert –Liquid Natural Gas or Hydrogen

Potential dangers during inspections of compressed or liquid natural gas or hydrogen bulk packages contained within a truck trailer or cargo tank have sparked warnings from several commercial vehicle safety organizations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance all issued safety alerts to commercial vehicle inspectors who encounter these highly combustible materials.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
August 15th, 2023
FMCSA Targets Trucking Company Fraud

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking a lesson from banks, bars, and airline counters: show your driver’s license. Effective immediately, FMCSA is requiring a copy of a company officer’s personal driver’s license to accompany the filing of certain forms with the agency.

Blog, Regulations
August 11th, 2023
PrePass to Sponsor New ‘Fit Drivers’ Podcast Covering CDL Driver Health & Safety

PrePass has joined The Trucker Trainer™ and driver health advocate Bob Perry to create a new podcast called FIT DRIVERS. Recognizing the need to address the professional driver health crisis, FIT DRIVERS podcast brings together industry leaders ranging from transportation carriers to governing officials in a quest to uncover the issues surrounding CDL driver retention and what can be done to address this industry-wi

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