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October 21st, 2020
Safe Trucking During Natural Disasters

When natural disasters strike, we should temper our habits with the realization that life will not be business as usual. We must flip a switch and instead think preparation, coordination and safety. That will get us through to a brighter day, untouched by the smoke of wildfires or the effects of other disasters.

October 15th, 2020
Toll Rates, Surcharges on the Increase. Here’s How to Save Money.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected businesses everywhere. Toll roads are no exception. According to the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, toll facilities saw a significant drop in traffic during the first five months of the COVID-19 pandemic. And this is translating into increased talk of raising tolls and related fees. Learn how you can stay ahead of increasing toll costs

October 7th, 2020
Team Communications Improve Trucking Safety

Motor carriers can improve safety through team communications. Management –  equal to a daily “command center” – must set open, transparent communication among all employees as the standard. With the business goal of delivering freight safely and on time, management should underscore that safety of drivers and all employees, vehicles, freight and the public sharing the roads is a personal commitment each team member owes to the other.

October 1st, 2020
FMCSA Proposes Younger Truck Driver Pilot Project

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration just proposed a pilot program to allow persons aged 18 through 20 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. Some view this pilot project as a threat to highway safety as younger drivers simply have less driving experience. Those in favor of allowing younger drivers argue that driver training programs would address safety concerns and provide an additional source of applicants to address the driver shortage.

September 28th, 2020
Podcast #46: Red Light? How to Handle a Truck Weigh Station Visit.

Sometimes it’s simply impossible to avoid having to pull in to a weigh station. But how you handle the encounter can mean the difference between further delays and getting back out on the road quickly. Listen to this episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast as host Evan Lockridge discusses how to minimize time spent at weigh stations.

Blog, Podcasts
September 23rd, 2020
Mandatory Hair Testing of Truckers for Drugs Moves Forward

Many contend that hair testing is more accurate than the current urinalysis tests. While urinalysis can reveal drugs used in the past one to three days, hair testing can uncover repeated drug use up to 90 days. For that reason, several motor carriers already use hair testing even though it comes at added expense.

Blog, Regulations
September 17th, 2020
Truck Weigh Stations and the Changing Digital Age

Professional drivers from PrePass-qualified fleets may bypass weigh stations and continue down the road at highway speeds. Electronic communications, via either the PrePass RFID transponder or the PrePass mobile app, verify all of the weighing and the law enforcement scrutiny of credentials. And that’s what makes scale houses so much different and advanced compared to 25 years ago when weigh station bypass first started with PrePass.

Blog, Technology
September 14th, 2020
PrePass Expands Florida Agriculture Inspection Station Bypass Locations

PrePass Safety Alliance, the provider of PrePass bypass services, partnered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to offer PrePass Ag at an additional 30 sites. This service allows commercial carriers that do not haul dedicated agricultural cargo to bypass select agricultural inspection stations in Florida in the same way they bypass PrePass equipped weigh stations.

September 10th, 2020
PrePass Safety Alliance Adds Over 1,000 New Roadway Safety ALERTS

To make trucks drivers aware of road hazards, work zones, parking spaces, and more, PrePass Safety Alliance recently completed work on more than 1,000 new PrePass ALERTS™. Carriers across the country now benefit from nearly 1,400 PrePass ALERTS thatappear in-cab on the PrePass MOTION weigh station bypass application.

Press Release
September 8th, 2020
Pilot Program Would Study Pausing 14-Hour Truck Driving Window

The “Split Duty Period Pilot Program”would allow participating drivers to pause their regular 14-hour on-duty period, one time, from 30 minutes to three hours. During that pause, drivers would be completely off-duty. After the drivers complete their work shift, they must take 10 consecutive hours off-duty. Cumulative maximums for seven/eight days of on-duty time would still apply.

Blog, Regulations
September 3rd, 2020
FMCSA Proposes to Study Truck Safety Metrics to Move “Beyond Compliance”

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration currently only considers carrier safety mistakes when evaluating a fleet’s safety performance. This may change as the FMCSA proposes to study whether to also consider other factors including carrier efforts to improve safety.

Blog, Regulations
August 31st, 2020
Trucking Lessons from Broderick Crawford and “Highway Patrol”

Legislators and regulators usually try to craft fair and workable safety rules. Achieving “one-size-fits-all,” though, is not possible in the highly diverse world of trucking. At times it can require true safety specialists – motor carriers and commercial vehicle law enforcement – to work together on alternative solutions.

Blog, Safety

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