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May 4th, 2021
The Makings of an FMCSA Administrator

So, what are the qualifications of an FMCSA administrator? Is the president looking for a “subject matter expert;” someone with direct experience in the safety regulation of commercial trucks and buses? Is this simply a political appointment, the nominee chosen from the ranks of the president’s party? The answer is typically a bit of both… but a whole lot more.

April 29th, 2021
When Trucking, Don’t Be Blowin’ in the Wind

Motor carriers and professional truck drivers know well the importance of preparing for winter weather. They know that natural disasters often accompany difficult weather and road conditions. They understand the importance of good resources for accurate information on weather updates and road closures. But, somehow, many carriers and driver don’t regard wind by itself as “air in a hurry.” Instead, they view it as something we all put up with rather than as a potential safety hazard.

April 26th, 2021
Is Your Trucking Fleet Ready for 2021 Roadcheck?

During Roadcheck, expect enforcement to inspect your drivers and your trucks and make sure to prepare them. Many states and provinces will adjust their “pull-in” rate at weigh stations to check as many commercial vehicles as enforcement staffing allows – including those which would normally bypass inspection sites. CVSA gives this advance notice of Roadcheck so you can be prepared. Here is what you need to know.

April 22nd, 2021
Entry-Level Truck Driver Training Deadline Looming

Beginning on the Feb. 7, 2022 compliance date, no entry-level driver may take a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) skills test to receive a Class A CDL, Class B CDL, passenger endorsement, or school bus endorsement unless they have successfully completed mandatory theory (knowledge) and behind-the-wheel training programs. In the case of a hazardous materials endorsement, the driver must complete mandatory theory training provided by a training provider listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry, prior to taking the knowledge test for the endorsement.

April 19th, 2021
Fully Autonomous Trucks: When Will the Future Arrive and What Does It Mean for Fleets?

Talk in the trucking industry about fully autonomous trucks has been going on for several years. But are we really any closer to truly seeing trucks without drivers and why is it taking so long for autonomous trucks to become a reality? Watch this PrePass and Fleet Owner webinar, “The Path Toward Fully Autonomous Trucks” to get a real-world perspective about the future of autonomous trucks.

April 15th, 2021
Using the Guardrails for Safer Truck Driving

Trucking fleets and their drivers know the guardrails of their business – both the physical barriers on the road and the federal regulations in the books. Most people in the trucking industry take their responsibility for a safe outcome on the road very personally. Still, questions arise about some trucking guardrails.

April 12th, 2021
Podcast #52: Time to Prepare for Expected Truck Speed Limiter Mandate

General consensus in the trucking industry indicates that a plan to require activated speed limiters on tractor-trailers is back on the drawing board at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Listen to this new episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast and learn what could be in this expected proposal. Retired trucking telematics expert Tom Cuthbertson discusses which trucks may or may not be covered under a speed limiter mandate and how it could be enforced.

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April 7th, 2021
How the Infrastructure Bill May Affect Trucking

Congress will use the infrastructure bill to give policy direction to federal regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and others. The new administration issued an executive order outlining its regulatory policy preferences. With Congress and the Executive in the same party, expect to see a full regulatory agenda soon.

April 1st, 2021
Find Out Now – The Top Trucking Regulatory Issues in the Biden Administration

Two former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials recently revealed their thoughts on top trucking regulatory issues in the new presidential administration. The informative discussion happened during a recent PrePass webinar hosted by Transport Topics. Annette Sandberg, former FMCSA administrator, and Warren Hoemann, her deputy and now a PrePass consultant, agreed that the alignment of Congress and the executive branch under one political party will streamline the adoption of regulatory changes by FMCSA and other agencies.

March 29th, 2021
Trucking Into Canada? ELD Deadline Set for June

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 ELDs two years ago. The move by Transport Canada followed the required adoption of ELDs in the U.S. in 2017. These concerns north of the border center on differences in U.S. and Canadian ELD regulations and hours of service rules.

March 24th, 2021
Offsite FMCSA Motor Carrier Audits Jump, Here’s How to Prepare

A year ago would we ever have used the word “Zoom” without raising a quizzical eyebrow? Of course, COVID-19 social distancing measures made video meetings and remote offices commonplace and “working from home” became known as “WFH.” So, it should be no surprise that the pandemic similarly caused the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct a significant number of its carrier safety audits remotely, rather than expose audit personnel to potential infection.

March 18th, 2021
How Federal Trucking Regulations Become Law, Part 3

In this final installment, we guide you in crafting effective comments to a regulatory docket. Practical, workable regulations – rules that can be applied to real-world situations and achieve common goals – are built through your input. The folks at FMCSA may be experts in their field, but their perspective is necessarily from a government point of view (after all, that’s their job). Your perspective, as someone applying the regulations, is critical to a satisfactory result for everyone.


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