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November 18th, 2021
Trucking Into Canada? ELD Enforcement Deadline Set for June 2022

Transport Canada, the country’s equivalent of the U.S. Transportation Department, set a start date of June 12, 2021 to replace paper logs with electronic logging devices. The move by Transport Canada followed the required adoption of ELDs in the U.S. in 2017. But take note north of the border for differences in ELD regulations and hours of service rules.

November 15th, 2021
3 Things Fleet Managers Should Know About Truck Safety Enforcement Officers

You know the image: the crisp uniform, the official badge and nameplate, the wide-brimmed hat. But beyond the image, fleet managers need to know three important things about the officers who enforce truck safety. Why? Because truck safety programs don’t succeed at a fleet just because of decisions made by one person. Safety is a team effort. And that means reaching out and looking beyond their uniform.

November 11th, 2021
Learn About the Benefits of Truck Crash Preventability Programs

Many motor carriers delay development of crash preventability determination programs out of fear of potential liability or the lack of bandwidth to manage them. But with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration establishing an official program of its own, many carriers are giving it a second thought. Watch this PrePass webinar, “The Benefits of Truck Crash Preventability Programs.” Learn how to establish a program for your fleet and get details on the FMCSA’s crash preventability determination program.

November 9th, 2021
Podcast #59: Long-Time Owner-Operator Reveals His Secret to Success

Listen to this episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast as host Evan Lockridge talks with Tilden Curl, owner of Tecco Trucking and a member of the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association board of directors. They discuss the mistakes Tilden made early on in his nearly 30-year trucking career, what he learned from them, and why his business is now a success.

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November 4th, 2021
Recent CVSA Truck Enforcement Events – Results and Reasons

Few truck operators hope to get pulled over for an inspection. Some motor carriers may not need the attention, but the results of these CVSA activities speak to overall safety conditions on the road – which everyone faces. And those results are worthy of notice. CVSA recently announced the results of three inspection events. Here is what they learned.

November 1st, 2021
Critical Alert: Pay Your UCR Fees by The End of 2021

Motor carriers required to participate in the Unified Carrier Registration program have until the end of the year to register and pay their fees. Otherwise, they face penalties that include losing the opportunity to bypass weigh stations. UCR enforcement will begin on Jan. 1, 2022. The UCR fee payment deadline is Dec. 31, 2021. If you are a carrier that operates cargo-carrying commercial vehicles that cross state and/or international lines, you must have a UCR. There has been no indication that this deadline will be extended.

October 27th, 2021
FMCSA Rule Gives States 60 Days to Revoke CDLs, Permits for Drug Violations

Positive drug test results among commercial drivers increased 13% from a year ago, according to the latest figures from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse. However, not all state driver licensing agencies are aware of these violations, and that’s a problem FMCSA is addressing with a new regulation.

October 21st, 2021
Trucking Image Ads Increase Teen Perception of Industry

A special trucking career focus group, aimed at learning what messages are most effective for attracting the next generation of truck drivers, yielded some interesting results. The Trucking Careers Focus group came together earlier this year by the Nebraska Trucking Association and the Nebraska Trucking Foundation, in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the American Transportation Research Institute. The organizations were looking for ways to ease the shortage of truck drivers.

October 18th, 2021
The Best Things I’ve Learned About Truck Drivers

My colleagues and I handed out a lot of tickets for violation of “the rules as written.” Those citations hopefully fulfilled the greater purpose of stopping or preventing unsafe behavior by truck drivers and motorists alike. We also witnessed firsthand that truck drivers are actually among the best companions law enforcement could have on the road.

October 12th, 2021
Podcast #58: How Open Platforms and App Marketplaces Are Changing Trucking Telematics

Listen to this episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast as host Evan Lockridge speaks with Scott Sutarik of telematics equipment and service provider Geotab. They discuss how open platforms in telematics systems can lead to increased truck uptime as well as better truck safety and efficiency.

Blog, Podcasts
October 6th, 2021
Where Your FMCSA Tax Dollars Go

The U.S. Congress is in the midst of debate over the “Infrastructure Bill.” At its core, the legislation is an appropriations measure that funds the U.S. Department of Transportation and its agencies, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. But once Congress allocates these funds – your federal tax dollars – just where does that money go? At FMCSA, nearly 60% of its funding goes right back out the door in the form of grants to states and local communities.

September 29th, 2021
Write Your Own Truck Safety Regulation? You Can with an Exemption.

Imagine federal safety regulations that fit your specific trucking operation and your specific equipment like a glove! Impossible? Most likely. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations offer a means to address those exceptions: an application for an exemption. An exemption can offer the opportunity to better tailor a safety regulation to a carrier’s specific needs or conditions.


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