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October 10th, 2022
Podcast #69: California Law Puts the Future of All Owner Operators in Doubt

Now that California’s controversial Assembly Bill 5 has taken effect, changes are quickly happening for many owner-operator truckers inside and outside the Golden State. Listen to this new episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast and hear what changes are happening and are expected to happen in the coming months and years.

Blog, Podcasts, Regulations, Trucking Community
October 6th, 2022
FMCSA Seeks Answers on Truck ELDs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to improve the clarity of existing regulations on electronic logging devices. The agency also wants to address some technical specification issues in response to trucking industry concerns. What FMCSA is apparently trying to avoid are rambling responses or general debate about the need for ELDs or comments on current hours of service rules.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
October 3rd, 2022
Registration Open for ‘Truck to Success,’ Sponsored by PrePass

Register for “Truck to Success,” sponsored by PrePass. This three-day, in-depth training program provides step-by-step guidance from the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association. The OOIDA Foundation, the educational and research affiliate of OOIDA, is offering this seminar on Oct. 25-27, 2022. You can attend either in person at the Courtyard by Marriott in Blue Springs, Missouri, or online via Zoom.

Blog, Trucking Community
September 30th, 2022
Take the Survey: What Are Your Top Trucking Industry Concerns?

Time is running out to take the American Transportation Research Institute’s 2022 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with potential strategies for addressing each issue. Now in its 18th year, ATRI’s annual analysis not only ranks the issues overall but also provides insights into how critical topics are ranked differently by motor carriers and professional drivers.  The report also allows stakeholders to monitor issues over time to better understand which issues are rising or falling.

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September 26th, 2022
Truckers to Pay Lower UCR Fees in 2023

One would think that the trucking industry would welcome an FMCSA announcement of reduced UCR fees, but this year’s decision was surprisingly contentious. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association challenged several aspects of the UCR board’s decision-making process. OOIDA sits as a voting member on that board.

Blog, Regulations
September 23rd, 2022
Welcome FMCSA Administrator Hutcheson

As administrator, Hutcheson leads approximately 1,100 agency employees, 900 of whom work in the four regional service centers and the division offices in each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. President Biden earlier nominated Meera Joshi to head up FMCSA, but she withdrew her nomination in late 2021 to take a position with the New York City Mayor’s Office.

Blog, Regulations
September 21st, 2022
What Law Enforcement Officers Think About Trucks

Motor carriers and truck drivers may feel that law enforcement singles them out while other seemingly unsafe operators continue down the road. And truckers would be right – commercial motor vehicles are the largest objects in the traffic stream, often like that towering weed amid the smaller plants.

Blog, Regulations, Safety, Trucking Community
September 15th, 2022
Learn from Other Truck Fleets How INFORM Safety Solves Safety Problems

INFORM Safety is easy-to-use data visualization software, available to PrePass customers at no extra charge. INFORM Safety takes the very same data that the FMCSA uses to evaluate motor carrier safety and displays it in graphics and visual images, guiding the user to the underlying root causes of safety problems — all without the tedious downloading and sorting of federal files. Does INFORM Safety work out there in the real world? Join us as we look at three cases of motor carriers using INFORM Safety to address safety issues.

Blog, Safety
September 12th, 2022
Trucking Group Seeks Exemption in Hair Testing for Drug Use

Members of The Trucking Alliance already utilize hair testing for their truck drivers. They believe that hair testing can detect the “lifestyle” drug user in a way that urine testing cannot. But because hair testing is not yet federally approved these motor carriers cannot share hair test results with the clearinghouse or with other carriers. They must also continue to conduct and report urine tests.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
September 8th, 2022
FMCSA Proposes Updates to Trucking Medical Examiner’s Handbook

After holding public hearings and gathering advice from its Medical Review Board, the FMCSA has posted a new, proposed Medical Examiner’s Handbook. The agency is asking for public comment by Sept. 30, 2022.

Blog, Regulations
September 5th, 2022
Learn How Weigh Station Bypass Adds Up to Big Savings, Part 2

In this two-part series, we look at three common interstate truck routes and demonstrate the cumulative savings that bypassing weigh stations with PrePass provides. In the first part, we examined the western route between Salt Lake City, UT and Riverside, CA. Now we tackle a truck route in the East and another cross-country.

Blog, Business, Safety, Technology
September 1st, 2022
Learn How Weigh Station Bypass Adds Up to Big Savings, Part 1

In this two-part series, we will look at three common interstate truck routes – one in the West, one in the East, and one cross-country. Using conservative estimates of time, fuel and labor costs saved, the series will show why participation in PrePass has a cumulative impact much greater than just bypassing that one problem scale.

Blog, Business, Safety, Technology

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