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July 8th, 2021
Trucking Legislation in House and Senate Infrastructure Bills

One of the few things Congress must do each session is fund the federal government. Generally, legislators accomplish that through appropriations measures for each of the 15 executive departments. Congress takes that opportunity to tell the departments how to use the taxpayer money appropriated. For trucking, that means Congressional directives to the FMCSA on new trucking regulations and to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on new vehicle standards.

July 5th, 2021
The Truck Speed Limiter Debate Returns

After avoiding congressional leaders’ attention for several years, speed limiters on trucks are receiving renewed interest on Capitol Hill. House members Lucy McBath (D-GA) and John Katko (R-NY) recently reintroduced the “Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act.” The legislation would mandate U.S. Transportation Department (USDOT) regulations requiring speed limiters on all new commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), and speed limiting technologies already installed on CMVs manufactured after 1992.

June 30th, 2021
5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Weigh Station Bypass Service

There are many good reasons to participate in a weigh station bypass program. That’s why smart and intelligent truckers seek to qualify and stay qualified for bypass. But now that you use PrePass, here are five ways to get the most out of it.

June 24th, 2021
A Different Summer for Truck Driving

The COVID-19 pandemic curtailed personal travel during most of 2020. With the arrival of the “Summer of 2021” all indications show that passenger car travel will return with a vengeance. Motorists will bring more than the kids, dogs and beach blankets with them. Many will also bring dusty safe driving habits from lack of use. Perhaps the crowded road will lessen the temptation to speed. On the other hand, car and truck drivers alike will now need to pay more attention to each other’s presence.

June 21st, 2021
Updated Whitepaper: Everything Truckers Need to Know About REAL ID, Upcoming License Deadlines

The deadline for states and U.S. territories to issue REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses has been extended to May 3, 2023, after which many federal agencies will only accept REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards for official purposes. PrePass offers a guide to the ins and outs of these heightened identification and security credentials.

June 16th, 2021
The FMCSA Medical Review Board’s Impact on Truck Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration receives expert guidance when it comes to the physical and medical requirements placed on truck drivers. In 2005, federal highway legislation created the FMCSA Medical Review Board. It consists of five practicing physicians, non-federal government employees, appointed for renewable two-year terms. The board has no regulatory development or program management powers. Rather, it gives FMCSA professional advice on the physical qualifications and medical standards a commercial motor vehicle operator must meet to safely drive on the highway.

June 10th, 2021
Why Keeping Up with Changes in Trucking Out-of-Service Criteria Matters to You

Whether it is equipment, cargo, drivers or the carriers themselves, an out-of-service order means the discontinuance of related operations. In business terms, OOS means no revenue coming in while spending money on necessary repairs, replacing personnel or remedying legal issues. Not a good combination in a low margin business.

June 8th, 2021

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June 7th, 2021
Podcast #54: Improve Efficiency, Reduce Delays by Using a Truck Navigation Device

Listen to this new episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast with guest with Eric Miller of the truck navigation device provider Garmin. He discusses different ways truck navigators offer more than just maps and turn-by-turn directions. He also talks about how truck navigators provide alternate routing when there are traffic delays, how this technology is changing trucking and how navigators can improve truck driver safety.

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June 2nd, 2021
TSA Seeks More Truck Driver Data – But There Is Good News

The Transportation Security Administration is asking for public comments on its plan to allow states to collect more biographic and biometric information from commercial vehicle drivers applying for, renewing or transferring a Hazardous Materials Endorsement to their commercial driver’s licenses. While more data in government hands may not seem attractive, TSA has coupled that request with streamlined application and renewal processes, and reduced costs, for many CDL holders.

May 27th, 2021
New PrePass Guide: How Federal Trucking Regulations Become Law

It’s never been more important for truck drivers and motor carriers to understand how federal trucking regulations are created. Your voice can make a difference in the regulatory process. But first you must know how the system works and where you can have an impact. This PrePass guide provides all the information you need. It also reveals the ground rules FMCSA and other agencies must follow when developing, proposing, soliciting public comments and issuing decisions on new regulations.

May 24th, 2021
How to Guard Against Large Truck Towing Bills

The trucking industry needs towing companies. They respond to breakdowns and accidents to keep our industry rolling. They invest their money in the equipment needed to keep us on the road. They respond day and night, and in all weather. Therefore, they certainly earn fair payment for the services they provide. However, there are times when you can be hit with larger than expected tow charges. A towing company can demand payment by holding your vehicle including the load. They also apply techniques to maximize return of the recovery. These may include excessive dispatch, mark-ups on supplies, and use of related (and marked up) “subcontractors” or “suppliers.”


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