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June 30th, 2022
FMCSA Forecasts Autonomous Truck Rulemaking for Late 2022

Toward the end of 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may release a proposed rulemaking for fully-automated (autonomous) trucks, according to the head of FMCSA’s technology division. But considering the complexity of autonomous vehicles (AV) – both cars and trucks – that schedule is not locked in. Why? The USDOT maintains a technology-neutral stance, relying on the “marketplace of ideas” for advancement of technology, making the uniformity provided by federal regulations difficult to achieve.

Blog, Regulations, Technology
June 27th, 2022
Congress Addresses Container-Related Intermodal Trucking Problems

The first major revision of U.S. container trade laws since 1998 becomes law while drawing praise from the trucking industry. The bill dealing with supply chain issues and international maritime commerce drew support from a host of trade associations, including the American Trucking Associations and the Harbor Trucking Association.

Blog, Business, Regulations, Uncategorized
June 23rd, 2022
How to Avoid The Most Common Truck Driver Hours of Service Violations

A new whitepaper from PrePass, “The Top 20 Trucker Hours of Service Violations & How to Avoid Them,” addresses responsibility for HOS compliance, from the top on down. Then, using the top 20 HOS violations from FMCSA’s database, shows four simple steps motor carriers and drivers can take to eliminate or reduce many of those violations.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
June 20th, 2022
Why Was My Truck Stopped?

Enforcement notices the actions of a professional truck driver more than those of other drivers. That’s because an 18-wheeler is the biggest vehicle on the road and it is easy to spot, not only by the officer but also by all people on the roadway. Most times, it is something the trucker did or didn’t do in traffic. Oftentimes, it is something the truck driver does without thinking… and therein lies the problem.

Blog, Safety, Trucking Community
June 15th, 2022
Operation Safe Driver Week Focuses on Speeding Cars and Trucks

This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week is scheduled for July 10-16. Law enforcement personnel in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. will patrol roadways throughout that week, issuing warnings and citations to commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors. Officers will look for violations such as speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, and drunk or drugged driving.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
June 9th, 2022
Traffic Fatalities Hit 16-Year High, Truck Involved Fatalities Up 13%

This National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report provides only a preliminary analysis of year-to-year fatality numbers over multiple categories and does not draw conclusions as to the direct cause of the crashes. But some groups are responding to the rise in fatal crashes by advancing their preferred solutions.

Blog, Safety, Trucking Community
June 6th, 2022
Podcast #66: Why Diesel Prices Are High and When Could They Drop?

Listen to the new episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast from PrePass as host Evan Lockridge talks with Tom Kloza, long-time fuel and oil analyst with the Oil Price Information Service. They discuss the causes of the recent diesel price spike, the reasons diesel has grown so much more expensive than gasoline, whether solutions to provide price relief will actually work and much more.

Blog, Podcasts
June 2nd, 2022
12 Ways to Get Control over Your Truck Fleet’s Diesel Fuel Costs

Diesel prices are at or near record highs and there is no indication as to when they may return to more typical levels. That creates a hardship on trucking operations of all sizes. Fortunately, there are some ways you can help reduce how much your motor carrier operation is spending on fuel.

Blog, Trucking Community
June 1st, 2022
FMCSA Extends COVID-19 Waiver through August 2022

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is responding to the COVID-19 variants and to supply chain challenges by again extending its emergency declaration. The updated emergency declaration now runs through Aug. 31, 2022. The prior emergency declaration expired on May 31, 2022. Like the previous version of the COVID-19 emergency declaration this updated FMCSA response grants motor carriers and truck drivers relief only from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Part 395.3, the maximum driving time for property-carrying vehicles, with certain restrictions.

Blog, Regulations
May 31st, 2022
Insight Tech Conference & Expo

August 14-17, 2022  Booth 819 Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort Orlando, FL Click here for more information

Current Events
May 31st, 2022
Linehaul Summit

July 21-22, 2022  Irving Convention Center Irving, TX Click here for more information

Current Events
May 30th, 2022
Truck Driver Coercion Complaints Growing

In 2012, Congress passed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, better known as MAP-21. Within that transportation bill, one section made it unlawful for any transportation entity – motor carrier, shipper, receiver, transportation intermediary – to coerce truck drivers to operate in violation of certain federal safety regulations. FMCSA does more than just count the number of coercion complaints; it often uses them as the basis for motor carrier audits and investigations, an increasing number of which are performed remotely.

Blog, Regulations