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February 3rd, 2022
Trucking Things to Know Now, Part 3: 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.

January 31st, 2022
FMCSA Expedites Under-21 Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program

FMCSA published a Federal Register notice, summarizing public comments made when the agency first considered this program in 2020, and reviewed the program requirements as set out in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Although FMCSA did not seek further public comments in the Jan. 14 notice, it did say the notice constituted the legally required alert of its intention to begin a new program. The actual program start date has not been announced.

January 27th, 2022
Dates Assigned for Important 2022 Rulemakings for Trucking

Congress triggered several of these rulemakings when it passed the “infrastructure bill” that became law in late 2021. Others made their entrance in the Fall 2021 version of the Unified Regulatory Agenda. The advent of 2022 signals a good time to examine when FMCSA may call for public comments and begin gathering meaningful insight and data to help guide the outcomes.

January 25th, 2022
Get Back to Trucking Basics in the New Year

We learn the basics of a task because they form the foundation for success – in this case, for safety on the highway. “Slow down” and “Buckle up” fit well with “Keep your eyes on the road.” We easily remember these simple phrases. If we follow them, everyone benefits. Over time, though, drivers can come to think experience and ability compensate for deviation from basic safety practices. Unfortunately, that attitude can rise in parallel with increases in experience and ability, as a career driving trucks may provide. It may be time to reinforce the old “back to basics” messages with a reminder of why they work.

January 20th, 2022
Mobile Carriers are Ending 3G. Is Your Truck ELD Affected?

Mobile carriers are shutting down their 3G networks to make room for more advanced network services, including 5G. As a result, many older cell phones and other mobile devices may not connect to data services, including electronic logging devices. Once cellular carriers no longer support 3G networks, any electronic logging devices that rely on those networks will likely fail to meet the minimum requirements established by federal ELD technical specifications. This includes recording all required data elements and transferring ELD output files, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

January 14th, 2022
New COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Trucking into Canada

As of Jan. 15, 2022, all truck drivers entering Canada, regardless of nationality, must be fully vaccinated and carry proof of their vaccination status using the ArriveCAN app. Canada still considers truck drivers “essential workers”, but that status no longer exempts them from the Canadian vaccine mandate. Truck drivers who have not met all the Canadian entry requirements will be turned away at the border.

January 12th, 2022
Podcast #61: What New Regulations Await Trucking in 2022?

Listen to this latest episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast as host Evan Lockridge talks with Warren Hoemann, PrePass consultant and former FMCSA official. They discuss different issues being considered by the agency. These include possible rules about automatic emergency braking, speed limiters, higher mandatory insurance levels, changes in hours of service rules and much more.

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January 6th, 2022
Using Hindsight to Improve Truck Safety

Hindsight has a bad rap. Sure, it might sound good when we say “Hindsight is 20/20” but we only say that  when something goes wrong. “Hindsight” has become the equivalent of “oops.” That’s because we use hindsight at exactly the wrong time. Instead of trotting out the retrospective approach when things go wrong, we should use it when things go right. Here’s a real-world example.

January 3rd, 2022
What’s Ahead for Trucking Regulations in 2022

The year 2022 is an election year. All 435 House seats and one-third of the evenly-divided Senate go up for election in November. During 2022, the actions of Congress, the White House and the regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, will be driven by and compared to their impact on the November elections. Two issues dominate today’s politics – and today’s trucking — COVID-19 and its variants and the supply chain crisis. And both will factor in heavily when it comes to Uncle Sam creating and refining trucking regulations in 2022.

December 29th, 2021
Using Technology to Solve Trucking’s Top Industry Issues

Watch this webinar, “Using Technology to Solve Trucking’s Top Industry Issues,” and learn how you can better address some of the biggest challenges your trucking business faces. Hear from two experts with PrePass and Geotab as they discuss ways your fleet can leverage technology and operational improvements to better address these pressing issues.

December 27th, 2021
How Trucking Safety Enforcement Is Evolving

“I think enforcement over the years has changed primarily in the way we look at the vehicles. Many federal rules were developed based on truck crashes and the belief that many of these crashes were caused by bad equipment on the trucks. Early on, equipment was an issue, but once a standard inspection was developed we saw an improvement in maintenance of the equipment. The focus today is more on drivers because we know they are the cause of most accidents.”

December 21st, 2021
Looking Back on Trucking During 2021

Every year pundits, commentators – and, yes, even PrePass – play the role of fearless forecaster. Of course, were we all that prescient, we would be rich and famous! Still, signs and indications provide a glimpse of what may lie ahead, and offer a reminder of the importance of planning for eventualities. So, when we look back on the now waning year of 2021, we got some things right and some not quite right. Let’s take a look at 2021 and what did happen in the trucking industry and the world of regulation.


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