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December 7th, 2023
FMCSA Making Improvements to Complaint Website

FMCSA largely agreed with the GAO findings and is acting to improve the website. As a result, truckers will no longer need to wonder who to contact at FMCSA about a complaint, who to talk to about coercion or harassment of truck drivers or attempted double-brokering of loads. NCCDB website improvements under the GAO guidance should make the instructions easier to follow. The complaints will, in turn, be routed by category to the appropriate FMCSA personnel for action.

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December 4th, 2023
Videos Series Launched to Increase Trucker Safety

While local truckers may be familiar with Colorado’s highways, those from out of state often are new to the intricacies of navigating winter driving conditions along steep mountain corridors, understanding chain and traction laws, managing hot brakes, and adhering to Colorado’s “move over law.” Each topic has its own dedicated, brief video as part of the overall series to help prepare drivers.

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November 30th, 2023
A Vital Component of Truck Safety: Understanding Roadside Inspection Reports

One key aspect of the blog is the importance of addressing violations promptly, including steps drivers and carriers should take if inspectors find violations. This inspection follow-up includes acknowledging the violations, taking corrective action, and ensuring completion of necessary repairs before the vehicle returns to service. Roadside inspection reports are not just a compliance requirement; they also serve as a tool for improving truck safety.

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November 27th, 2023
ACT NOW! Access to Your FMCSA Accounts Is Changing.

The new government security system becomes effective beginning Jan. 1, 2024. But FMCSA is requiring users of its portal to convert to the new multifactor identification system by Dec. 1, 2023. Moving forward, as of next year, all access will be through Login.gov. You can find directions on converting to the new access system on the FMCSA website.

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November 21st, 2023
FMCSA Finalizes Changes to Emergency Trucking Exemptions

In its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking early this year, FMCSA proposed to automatically grant waivers of hours-of-service regulations for motor carriers and drivers providing relief in emergencies. However, the agency said that the automatic waiver of other safety regulations – such as truck driver qualification or vehicle parts and accessories – is not truly related to emergency relief efforts. FMCSA also proposed to limit the exemption period of emergency declarations by a governor or by FMCSA itself to five days, retaining today’s 30-day exemption period only for declarations by the president.

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November 13th, 2023
Superheroes Wear Reflective Vests

It may seem that we have a day, a week, or a month for every possible group or interest. But for those who make their living on the highway, or, like me, who once enforced our highway safety laws, it is important to recognize those who respond when things go wrong. And, it is just as important to prevent things from getting worse.

Blog, Safety
November 6th, 2023
Podcast #76: Insider Tips for Reducing Your Truck Toll Costs & Frustrations

Listen to this new episode of the “Eyes on the Road” podcast as we look at the many different ways tolls can costs carriers, not just in terms of money, but also when it comes to time, resources and even frustration. More importantly, you will learn how you can reduce the amount of time, money and resources you are spending on tolls, giving you more time to concentrate on the real business of trucking…hauling freight!

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November 2nd, 2023
Cost/Benefit Changes = More Federal Trucking Regulations?

As part of the government cost/benefit analysis, some proposals are considered “significant regulatory actions” and become subject to more intense scrutiny. There are other reasons a rulemaking may be deemed “significant,” but the cost/benefit relationship is a major one. Think of it like an unanticipated bill – those proposed regulations exceeded the government budgetary limit (measured by “annual effect on the economy”) for rulemakings.

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October 30th, 2023
ATRI: The Finger on the Pulse of Trucking

Many believe we live in an era of disinformation and distrust of those who report the news. That’s why it is reassuring to know that someone actively listens to trucking industry concerns and then responds with thoughtful research on meeting those challenges. All done transparently and for free. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) fulfills this vital role. ATRI operates as a non-profit research organization and part of the American Trucking Associations Federation, whose driving purpose is the safety and productivity of trucking.

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October 26th, 2023
Stop Toll Management from Taking a Toll on Your Trucking Operation

Toll roads are a $5 billion annual challenge for U.S. trucking companies. Granted, they may offer quicker routes on the road, but in the office, they create administrative work that takes a toll on operational efficiency. If managing tolls is diverting your staff and office resources from more important dispatch and accounting functions, then it’s time to consider using a service that will save time and money while addressing your urgent needs.

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October 24th, 2023
Trucking Things to Know Now, Part 11: Federal Regulatory Updates

The U.S. Transportation Department’s recently updated its Significant Rulemaking Report. Some parties quickly pronounced that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration appeared to settle on a maximum 68 mph for truck speed limiters, applicable to model year 2003 and newer trucks equipped with electronic engine control units.

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October 18th, 2023
Carriers May Get Another Challenge to Truck Crash, Inspection Data

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is offering reassurance to motor carriers utilizing its DataQs system to challenge inaccuracies in truck crash and inspection data. No longer would appeals of DataQs decisions be ruled on by the same state-level personnel who made the original determination and then denied its reconsideration, according to FMCSA’s proposal in the Federal Register.

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