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February 5th, 2021
PrePass Webinar – Hosted by Transport Topics

March 4, 2021 2pm Eastern/12 noon Mountain/ 11am Pacific Topic: Top Trucking Regulatory Issues in the New Administration Click for […]

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February 4th, 2021
How Federal Trucking Regulations Become Law, Part 1

In part one, we compare regulations to other forms of government action – statutes, studies, pilot projects and guidance. We touch on sanctions that can come from violating regulations and how to contest citations. We share how to find what regulations the government intends to pursue and where to locate the regulatory proposals currently in play. And we look at the sources of proposed regulations, as well as the limitations on what any regulatory agency can do.

February 1st, 2021
How Truckers Can Avoid Unsafe Drivers

These same lessons we learned in driver’s ed all those years ago also apply to the safe operation of a truck. Stay away from trouble, and alert authorities to potentially drunk, drugged or incapacitated drivers. Lessons every professional driver should know, and every motor carrier should reinforce.

January 27th, 2021
Why FMCSA’s Definition of ‘Agricultural Commodity’ Should Matter to You

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published an interim final rule on the definition of the terms “any agricultural commodity,” “livestock,” and “non-processed food,” for purposes of hours of service regulations. These new definitions clearly impact ag transport, but they also matter to motor carriers who do not haul agricultural and livestock products.

January 21st, 2021
New Whitepaper Helps Truck Fleets Improve Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator Scores

FMCSA regards the Unsafe Driving and the Crash Indicator BASICs, along with the Hours of Service Compliance BASIC, as the three most critical of the seven BASICs. “BASICs –Improving Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator”  focuses on these two BASICs and explains how the seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) work in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program.

January 18th, 2021
FMCSA Seeks Public Comments on Truck “Yard Moves”

Regulatory guidance, as FMCSA has proposed here, does not have the force of law. However, examples provided by regulatory guidance can help drivers and motor carriers to apply complex legal standards in real-world situations. In the case of “yard moves,” FMCSA notes that the history of hours of service and one other HOS special driving category could foster confusion, unless it provides concrete examples of “yard moves.”

January 14th, 2021
Major Truck Safety Enforcement Events Reveal Areas Needing Improvement

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the international association of commercial motor vehicle law enforcement agencies and inspectors, conducts three major enforcement events each year. Comparing results from year-to-year provides a glimpse into the areas motor carriers and drivers must improve. In 2020, the data may also indicate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulatory waivers on the safety and compliance practices of the trucking industry.

January 11th, 2021
Podcast #49: Expect Changes in Trucking Regulations with a New Administration and Congress

With a new presidential administration and Democratic control of Congress, expect to see changes in trucking regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Administration as well as in trucking laws from Capitol Hill in 2021. Listen to the latest “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast, presented by PrePass as we talk with former FMCSA deputy administrator Warren Hoemann. He discusses what changes could be in store for fleets and drivers when it comes to hours of service, speed limiters, insurance requirements, the CSA program, driver detention time and more.

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January 7th, 2021
Fleet Increases Efficiencies with PrePass MOTION™ and Geotab Integration

Trucking companies now work to integrate these different systems to improve efficiency. This provides companies with integrated dashboards and drivers with simple, consolidated displays. That’s exactly why D&H Transportation began using PrePass and Geotab. In this new case study, learn how this California-based fleet improved its operation by integrating the PrePass MOTION weigh station bypass application with its Geotab telematics system.

January 4th, 2021
What to Expect with Trucking Regulations in 2021

Can you predict regulatory changes in the future? The political environment in Washington, D.C. often determines which regulations move forward and which do not. Our form of government puts a premium on what is acceptable to Congress and the administration, particularly following an election year with some outcomes still undecided. So any regulatory prognosticator should be transparently uncertain as to the future. Here, though, are topics that should rise to top of mind for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2021.

December 29th, 2020
CDL, Medical Card Waivers Extended Through February 2021

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the waivers for renewals of interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs), commercial learner’s permits (CLPs) and medical cards to Feb. 28, 2021. CDLs, CLPs or medical cards that were granted a waiver from renewal deadlines in 2020 must be renewed and in place for commercial vehicle operations beginning March 1, 2021.

December 22nd, 2020
Truck Parking Woes Continue, What You Can Do About It

Recently, the National Coalition on Truck Parking met under the auspices of the Federal Highway Administration, part of the U.S. DOT, to discuss findings in the latest Jason’s Law survey. It found public truck parking spaces grew by 6% while private parking spaces saw an 11% increase, but that growth has not kept pace with truck volume.


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