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May 30th, 2023
Truck Speed Limiter Rulemaking Hits a Speed Bump

Why the delay? To begin with, the speed limiter proposal generated 15,600 comments. FMCSA reads and catalogs each and every rulemaking comment. Even “form letters” are tallied. But rulemakings amount to more than vote counts. FMCSA must also consider the content of the comments received. Effective comments use facts, data, and direct personal experience or cite relevant studies.

Blog, Regulations, Trucking Community
May 24th, 2023
California Approves Advanced Clean Fleet Rules for Trucks

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously approved its Advanced Clean Fleet (ACF) rules in late April, setting the stage for the state to completely ban the use of diesel-powered trucks. The CARB goal is that all fleets operating in that state will be 100% electric by 2035, 2040 or 2045, based on the size or type of truck.

Blog, Regulations
May 18th, 2023
PrePass Insider Newsletter – May 2023

“Flags” are flying at the FMCSA. The agency is “flagging” motor carriers which have not updated their MCS-150 forms within the past two-years. Those motor carriers will receive closer scrutiny from the federal government and its law enforcement partners. Closer scrutiny is not always a good thing. Read why is FMCSA so concerned about a paperwork requirement.

Blog, Regulations
May 16th, 2023
Feds OK Rules for Oral Fluids Drug Testing of Truck Drivers

The Final Rule says that employers may now choose to use either oral fluids or urine samples for any federally-required drug tests. Each methodology is accurate and now both are legally accepted. The choice of which methodology to use is up to the employer, not the employee. Oral fluids testing is a practical solution for roadside, post-crash and reasonable suspicion tests of truck drivers where timely access to a facility for collection of a urine sample may not be possible.

Blog, Regulations, Trucking Community
May 11th, 2023
NHSTA’s Side Underride Guards Proposal for Truck Trailers Contains Many Unknowns

NHTSA makes it clear that the side underride guards it is considering are not the “lateral protective devices” common in Europe. Carriers use those  devices to prevent pedestrians and cyclists from entering the space under a truck trailer. The devices under consideration are also not the very light-weight airflow deflectors seen on semitrailers in the U.S. as a fuel efficiency measure. No other country requires side underride guards.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
May 8th, 2023
FMCSA Updates Crash Preventability Determination Program

FMCSA is proposing to modify the description of 11 of the 16 crash categories and to add four new crash categories to the Crash Preventability Determination Program, according to a Federal Register notice.  The agency says this should expand the number of eligible crash submissions and help FMCSA fine-tune the Safety Measurement System process.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
May 4th, 2023
Is This a Good Time to Apply for Weigh Station Bypass Service?

Is this the right time to apply for bypass service? Isn’t FMCSA redoing all the CSA safety calculations? Wasn’t the agency asking for input on Universal Electronic Identifiers last fall? Now is a good time – because there is never a bad time to improve your fleet safety. Improved safety may qualify your fleet for PrePass, but, even more importantly, improved safety saves lives, saves money, avoids crashes, retains good truck drivers, and brings more business. So, start now!

Blog, Safety, Trucking Community
May 1st, 2023
Revolutionizing Fleet Efficiency: Eleos Joins Forces with PrePass to Streamline Commercial Vehicle Operations

With this latest PrePass integration, fleets will experience increased driver satisfaction and fewer stops at weigh stations while enjoying an award-winning fleet management system, providing everything motor carriers need for a safe, compliant, and efficient operation. In addition, fleets receive real-time driver safety ALERTS™ for work zones, traffic congestion, dangerous slowdowns, available truck parking,  traffic incidents, rest areas, gusty winds, steep grades, truck parking, and no commercial vehicle areas.

Press Release
May 1st, 2023
New Whitepaper: How to Prevent a Truck Crash from Becoming a Catastrophe

In the new PrePass whitepaper, “How to Prevent a Truck Crash from Becoming a Catastrophe,” motor carriers will learn that fleets have distinct advantages when truck-involved accidents do occur. Principal among those advantages is that the motor carrier, through its truck drivers, often knows about the accident first and can take photos and gather facts before others — and their attorneys — ever get involved.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
April 27th, 2023
PrePass Insider Newsletter – April 2023

Truck net weights are coming under assault. And the threat comes not from an economic competitor, but from state and federal regulators. In this two-part blog series, we look at the efforts to regulate electric trucks, and the impending federal rulemaking on side underride guards, both from the weight standpoint. Learn more in this edition of the PrePass Insider newsletter.

Blog, Regulations
April 24th, 2023
Podcast #73: Truck Drivers Beware! CBD Products May Cause Career Altering Side Effects

Listen to this latest edition of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast as Brandon Wiseman of Trucksafe Consulting discusses how CBD use can lead to truck drivers testing positive for marijuana, the repercussions of a positive drug test, if CBD use by truckers can lead to impaired driving, and more.

Blog, Podcasts, Regulations, Safety
April 20th, 2023
Learn How Your Trucking Operation Can Save Money on Toll Costs

Watch this video as Bob Trent of PrePass spoke with Heavy Duty Trucking magazine in an episode of “HDT Leadership Insights” about potential pitfalls in automatic electronic tolling and how motor carriers can avoid problems. 


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