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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.

Blog, Regulations, Trucking Community
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.

Blog, Podcasts, Regulations
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.”

Blog, Safety
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.

Blog, Regulations, Safety, Trucking Community
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.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
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.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
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.

Blog, Safety, Trucking Community
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.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
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.”

Blog, Safety
October 20th, 2022
What Trucking Can Learn from Recent Roadcheck Results

While Roadcheck has an annual focus, the inspections conducted are predominantly comprehensive Level I and Level V inspections, meaning all vehicle systems and often a review of driver operating credentials and requirements. So, a look back at Roadcheck results from recent year reveals trend lines, showing where commercial vehicle law enforcement and the trucking industry must improve highway safety together.

Blog, Regulations, Safety, Trucking Community
October 18th, 2022
Trucking Things to Know Now, Part 7: Federal Regulatory Updates

Whatever the political headlines of the day, federal agencies continue to add new trucking regulations, adopt new forms, and extend or discontinue previous waivers and exemptions. In this series, “Trucking Things to Know Now,” PrePass provides quick updates on regulatory developments, often with links to more information. Details about personal conveyance, COVID-19 waivers for trucking and pulsating brake lights on trucks.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
October 17th, 2022
FMCSA Examining Electronic IDs for Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a petition from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to consider requiring all interstate commercial motor vehicles, trucks, and buses, to have devices installed that electronically transmit the identity of the vehicle. These “unique identification devices” (UIDs), also known as “universal identification devices,” would allow roadside enforcement to identify and perhaps even monitor the condition of CMVs on the highway.

Blog, Regulations, Technology

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