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August 15th, 2023
FMCSA Targets Trucking Company Fraud

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking a lesson from banks, bars, and airline counters: show your driver’s license. Effective immediately, FMCSA is requiring a copy of a company officer’s personal driver’s license to accompany the filing of certain forms with the agency.

Blog, Regulations
August 11th, 2023
PrePass to Sponsor New FIT DRIVERS Podcast Covering CDL Driver Health & Safety

PrePass has joined The Trucker Trainer™ and driver health advocate Bob Perry to create a new podcast called FIT DRIVERS. Recognizing the need to address the professional driver health crisis, FIT DRIVERS podcast brings together industry leaders ranging from transportation carriers to governing officials in a quest to uncover the issues surrounding CDL driver retention and what can be done to address this industry-wi

Blog, Safety, Trucking Community
August 11th, 2023
PrePass to Sponsor New ‘Fit Drivers’ Podcast Covering CDL Driver Health & Safety

PrePass has joined The Trucker Trainer™ and driver health advocate Bob Perry to create a new podcast called FIT DRIVERS. Recognizing the need to address the professional driver health crisis, FIT DRIVERS podcast brings together industry leaders ranging from transportation carriers to governing officials in a quest to uncover the issues surrounding CDL driver retention and what can be done to address this industry-wi

Blog, Safety, Trucking Community
August 9th, 2023
Coming Down the Pike: Updated Trucking Regulatory Agenda

What’s on the minds of federal trucking regulators? A look at the latest Unified Regulatory Agenda provides some clues. The Unified Regulatory Agenda displays the anticipated regulatory activity by departments and agencies across the federal government. “Anticipated” is a key word, as the dates shown for agency actions often slip. On the other hand, next steps are added as agencies complete the action last listed in the agenda. So, while the Unified Regulatory Agenda has formal spring and fall editions, updates are made regularly.

Blog, Regulations, Trucking Community
August 3rd, 2023
Can You Pass This Trucking Speed Quiz?

As a fleet manager, you know that speeding can lead to a violation that harms your company’s safety rating just as it can harm your drivers and others on the road. You may also know that the law enforcement folks report that motorists speed six times more frequently than do truck drivers.
What’s a trucker to do? Start by taking this Speed Quiz – and share the results with your drivers.

Blog, Safety
July 31st, 2023
NHTSA/FMCSA Propose Automatic Emergency Braking for Trucks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are jointly proposing an automatic emergency braking standard for all trucks above 10,000 pounds, vehicle classes 3-8. Commonly referred to as AEB, the technology uses cameras and radar to detect stopped, decelerating, or slower vehicles in the path of a truck. It then sends a visual and audible warning to the truck driver and automatically applies the brakes. If the truck driver manually applies the brakes, AEB supplements the driver’s effort as needed.

Blog, Regulations, Safety, Technology
July 27th, 2023
FMCSA Finalizes Guidance on Freight Brokerage Definitions

Are you working with a broker, a bona fide agent, or a dispatch service? As a motor carrier, who you choose as a business partner can have legal and financial repercussions. That, in part, motivated the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue its final guidance on the definitions appropriate to those entities.

Blog, Regulations, Trucking Community
July 24th, 2023
Trucking Things to Know Now, Part 10: Federal Regulatory Updates

Whether it is the broad scale legalization of completely autonomous trucks or the continued introduction of advanced truck technology, FMCSA wants to know how human drivers will interact with onboard technology. In an Information Collection Request, FMCSA seeks approval to evaluate the necessary training requirements to allow truck drivers to move from a Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)-equipped truck to a Level 3 ADAS truck.

Blog, Regulations
July 20th, 2023
NLRB Tightens Independent Contractor Standards

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a decision that many observers believe further complicates life for independent contractors, including those in trucking. The decision establishes three major “tests” each with differing factors, to determine independent contractor status, either inside or outside of the trucking industry.

Blog, Regulations, Trucking Community
July 17th, 2023
Underrides and Undercounts: The PBS “Frontline” Report on Trucking

Recently, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) aired a “Frontline” report on “America’s Dangerous Trucks.” The television program focused on an investigation by ProPublica into car-truck accidents where the passenger vehicle underrides the truck chassis, often resulting in fatalities. Unfortunately, by focusing on accident aftermath rather than crash causation, “Frontline” perhaps lost an opportunity to save even more lives.

Blog, Trucking Community
July 13th, 2023
Infrastructure Challenges and Electric Trucks, Part 2

In the first part of this two-part series, we looked at states requiring a transition to zero-emission trucks and the network of charging stations, which private enterprise or government must provide, to accommodate electric truck operations. In part two, we examine questions motor carriers must ask when considering electric trucks in their fleets.

Blog, Technology
July 10th, 2023
Infrastructure Challenges and Electric Trucks, Part 1

When it comes to electric trucks, one thing is certain. They may not be today’s common commercial motor vehicle, but many consider them to be the future. In this two-part series, we look at the infrastructure motor carriers must consider when adding electric vehicles – specifically, electric trucks – to their fleet, as well as the infrastructure society and private enterprise must provide to accommodate electric truck operations.

Blog, Technology

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