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March 1st, 2021
As Trucking Changes, So Do Regulations

Highway safety is a societal issue. So, in that way, FMCSA regulations affect us all, even if we are not part of the regulated community. A new administration could bring good news and the potential for changes in regulations. FMCSA understands the breadth of its regulated community and the fact that its regulations may have societal impacts.

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March 1st, 2021
PrePass Safety Alliance Adds Mobile Bypass App and Safety ALERTS in Missouri

PrePass carriers now have even more opportunities to save time and money in Missouri. PrePass Safety Alliance recently completed expansion of the bypass app service to 19 locations operated by Missouri Department of Transportation. The PrePass app gives qualified carriers the option to expand bypass opportunities using iOS, Android and select telematics mobile devices, with or without the PrePass transponder.

Press Release
March 4th, 2021
New Guide Helps Improve Your Trucking Fleet’s Safety Scores

Get your free copy of “The PrePass Guide to FMCSA BASICs and Your Safety Scores.” You will learn about the seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) and how they work in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program and Safety Measurement System (SMS).

Blog, Regulations, Safety
March 10th, 2021
Podcast #51: Hiring Truckers or Looking for a Truck Driving Job? Learn How Recruiting Has Changed

Truck driver recruiting has changed a lot over the years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has led to changes taking place at warp speed. Listen to this latest episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast and learn how recruiting has changed for both drivers and trucking fleets.

Blog, Podcasts
March 15th, 2021
FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: 45,000 Truckers Unavailable for Work

From January to December of 2020, motor carriers reported 56,158 drug or alcohol violations involving 51,998 individual drivers. Some drivers had more than one violation. This means 45,475 drivers were still in the prohibited status and they had not yet completed the return-to-duty process.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Blog, Podcasts
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.

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