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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.

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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.

September 22nd, 2021
Tackling New Trucking Technology

As a fleet owner or owner-operator, you likely appreciate the technologies built into your newer power units. They offer reduced maintenance costs, better fuel economy and improved communication with your drivers. You perhaps chose to qualify for other technological advances, like the electronic weigh station bypass service offered through PrePass. But, on the whole, this technology stuff may be a bit outside your wheelhouse. How do you tackle new trucking technology?

September 17th, 2021
Truck Parking Shortage Gathering New Attention

The lack of adequate truck parking has been known for some time. Public attention, unfortunately, is directed to the issue only rarely. However, there are efforts underway to find money to build truck parking spaces and to save truck drivers and motor carriers time and money in locating them.

September 14th, 2021
PrePass Upgrades ALERTS to Include Realtime Traffic Notifications

PrePass has upgraded its mobile app ALERTS system to include critical traffic warnings across all U.S. continental states. In addition to weigh station bypass notifications, truck drivers receive PrePass ALERTS as they approach high-risk areas on the road, helping them to stay vigilant and reduce speed when applicable. Motor carriers and commercial vehicle compliance agencies also benefit from thousands of ALERTS that appear in-cab on the PrePass app.

September 14th, 2021
PrePass Real-Time Safety ALERTS™ Now Available Nationwide

PrePass Safety Alliance recently upgraded the PrePass safety ALERTS™ system to include critical traffic warnings across all 48 contiguous states. Motor carriers and commercial vehicle compliance agencies now benefit from thousands of ALERTS that appear in-cab on the PrePass app.

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September 8th, 2021
Podcast #57: How to Avoid the Most Common Violations of Trucking Rules

Listen to this new episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast and learn what are the most common truck driver and truck equipment violations and why they happen. More importantly, you’ll discover how you can prevent such violations from happening to you or your trucks.

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