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December 1st, 2022
New Report Reveals 6 Expected Trucking Regulations from FMCSA

Each spring and fall, the federal government publishes its Unified Regulatory Agenda listing the status of current and intended rulemaking activities for federal agencies. While the Fall 2022 edition of the Unified Regulatory Agenda has yet to make an appearance, the U. S. Department of Transportation just released its Significant Rulemaking Report.

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November 29th, 2022
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November 28th, 2022
Whether or Not You Operate LCV Trucks – Update Your Driver Qualification Files

Even for motor carriers who do not operate LCVs, this ICR should be a timely reminder: Commercial Driver’s License classes, endorsements, and training requirements differ by type of truck and cargo. Having the right driver in the right truck is a common-sense safety step. It’s so basic that it is part of the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICS), called Driver Fitness, in the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

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November 22nd, 2022
U.S. Labor Department Proposes New Independent Contractor Definition

In its 184-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the U.S. Department of Labor proposes a multi-factor economic realities test that weighs six factors in determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor (owner-operator). This approach abandons the emphasis placed by the previous Administration on two “core” factors – the nature and degree of control over the work and the worker’s opportunity for profit or loss – which often favor independent contractors.

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November 18th, 2022
Podcast #70: FMCSA Proposes New Electronic IDs for Most Trucks

Listen to this new episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast as we explore what’s in an FMCSA plan to require electronic IDs for trucks, if there are any benefits to it, how this would effect truck inspections and more. Joining host Evan Lockridge is Steve Vaughn, director of field operations for PrePass Safety alliance, and a former commercial law enforcement chief.

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November 16th, 2022
How to Rebalance the Scales of Justice in Trucking and Avoid a Nuclear Verdict

A jackpot justice system has caused nuclear verdicts against trucking companies to escalate. In fact, nuclear verdicts—those verdicts over $10 million—against trucking companies have skyrocketed 967% in the last 15 years, according to research from the American Transportation Research Institute. “That is pretty frightening. These verdicts outpace increases in health care costs and inflation,” said Paul Enos, CEO of the Nevada Trucking Association during the PrePass webinar “Rebalancing the Scales of Justice with Tactical Training in Trucking Litigation Defense.”

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November 14th, 2022
PrePass Insider Newsletter – November 2022

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a petition from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to consider requiring all interstate commercial motor vehicles to have devices installed that electronically transmit driver, carrier, and truck data. These “universal identification devices” would allow roadside enforcement to identify and perhaps even monitor the condition of drivers and CMVs on the highway. Read more and submit your comments about this proposal.

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November 10th, 2022
FMCSA to Evaluate Third-Party CDL Testing and Truck Driver Training

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking for public feedback when it comes to the effectiveness of its entry-level driver training and third-party examiners regulations. Comments are due by Nov. 21, 2022.

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November 7th, 2022
Reporting the Lease and Interchange of Motor Carrier Vehicles

FMCSA seeks approval through an Information Collection Request, to continue requiring motor carriers who lease or interchange equipment with others to maintain a written lease. That lease should describe the equipment and specify the start and end time and date of the transfer. FMCSA rules also mandate that the acquiring carrier identify/mark the equipment as being in its service.

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November 3rd, 2022
U.S. DOT Responds to Making Truck Parking a Priority

In late September, the USDOT convened a meeting of the National Coalition of Truck Parking and unveiled a “Truck Parking Development Handbook,” designed to help states plan and build new truck parking capacity. Of equal importance to states willing to tackle the truck parking shortage was a USDOT memorandum describing in detail the funding categories where truck parking is an eligible expenditure and how states can access those funds.

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November 1st, 2022
Elections Don’t Change Truck Safety

November may change some of our elected officials. Party control may shift here or there. One thing the elections won’t change, though, is safety. While we in trucking focus intently on the details of government regulations, in the broad picture, those regulations have remained remarkably consistent over time regardless of the party in power.

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October 26th, 2022
Trucking Technology and Personal Responsibility

FMCSA looks to compile questions and concerns to help it evaluate how commercial drivers in a driving simulator setting respond to increasing levels of truck automation. As the automated truck does more of the “driving” itself, the commercial driver “takes on a more supervisory role” and may engage in non-driving tasks. Upon alert from the vehicle, the driver may need to quickly achieve “situational awareness” and “resume full control of the vehicle.”

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