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December 22nd, 2022
A Christmas Letter to Truck Driver Families

When you have done more than just taking care of operations, when you have taken care of your staff, do one more thing and write a holiday letter to the truck driver families. Share all the steps you and your team take in the interest of truck driver safety. Tell them how the time and hard work of their special person means that others will enjoy a better holiday season and a brighter new year.

Blog, Safety, Trucking Community
December 19th, 2022
FMCSA Clarifies Key Brokerage Definitions

Is that “dispatch service” helping a motor carrier secure new business operating as a “bona fide agent” of the carrier or is it a “broker”? An important distinction when the latter comes with the required broker authority and a $75,000 bond or trust fund. In the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Congress directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to clarify these three terms and discuss whether advancements in technology call for a change in regulatory definitions.

Blog, Regulations
December 16th, 2022
What NHTSA’s New Rules for Cars Say about Trucks

Cars and trucks do share the road, so how manufacturers equip future cars will impact the interaction between the two types of vehicles. Second, what National Highway Traffic Safety Administration intends for cars today may say much about what they look to develop for trucks tomorrow.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
December 15th, 2022
PrePass Insider Newsletter – December 2022

The U. S. Department of Transportation recently released its Significant Rulemaking Report. It covers prospective actions that would: have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, adversely affect a sector of the economy, or have possible other outcomes. This report shows there are six possible new rulemaking actions by the FMCSA that would meet this standard.

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December 14th, 2022
New Whitepaper: Understanding Electronic IDs for Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is exploring a device that would allow roadside enforcement to electronically identify and perhaps monitor the condition of drivers and commercial motor vehicles on the highway. But it is also raising a lot of questions.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
December 12th, 2022
NHTSA Forecasts 3 Truck-Specific Significant Rulemakings

The recent Significant Rulemaking Report from the U. S. Department of Transportation shows three truck-specific rulemakings at NHTSA. As a reminder, “significant” rulemakings come with a major economic impact or may interfere with the plans of other regulatory agencies, such as FMCSA. In other words, the “significant” rulemaking label means “pay attention.”

Blog, Regulations, Safety
December 8th, 2022
New FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Rules Start in January

Beginning Jan. 6, 2023, prospective employers must not conduct manual inquiries. Instead, they must make electronic pre-employment queries through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. There are three things to bear in mind. Read more in this PrePass blog.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
December 6th, 2022
Safe Trucking with Old Man Winter

Winter driving conditions mean all you and your team’s planning and preparation will be put into practice. Hopefully, you sat down with your dispatchers and drivers last spring and ran through the lessons learned over the previous winter – which roads proved troublesome in winter weather, which of the usual parking spots filled up when the snow fell, and which customer locations required a little extra time to reach.

Blog, Safety
December 1st, 2022
New Report Reveals 6 Expected Trucking Regulations from FMCSA

Each spring and fall, the federal government publishes its Unified Regulatory Agenda listing the status of current and intended rulemaking activities for federal agencies. While the Fall 2022 edition of the Unified Regulatory Agenda has yet to make an appearance, the U. S. Department of Transportation just released its Significant Rulemaking Report.

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November 29th, 2022

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November 28th, 2022
Whether or Not You Operate LCV Trucks – Update Your Driver Qualification Files

Even for motor carriers who do not operate LCVs, this ICR should be a timely reminder: Commercial Driver’s License classes, endorsements, and training requirements differ by type of truck and cargo. Having the right driver in the right truck is a common-sense safety step. It’s so basic that it is part of the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICS), called Driver Fitness, in the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
November 22nd, 2022
U.S. Labor Department Proposes New Independent Contractor Definition

In its 184-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the U.S. Department of Labor proposes a multi-factor economic realities test that weighs six factors in determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor (owner-operator). This approach abandons the emphasis placed by the previous Administration on two “core” factors – the nature and degree of control over the work and the worker’s opportunity for profit or loss – which often favor independent contractors.

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