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July 14th, 2022
Trucking Things to Know Now, Part 6: Federal Regulatory Updates

Glancing at the regulatory plate of the trucking-related regulatory agencies – the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration – as listed in the Spring Edition of the Unified Regulatory Agenda, the rulemaking menu is very full. Here is a look at upcoming rulemakings.

Blog, Regulations
July 12th, 2022
PrePass Safety Alliance Acquires Leading Truck Technology Firm

PrePass Safety Alliance, the non-profit provider of PrePass weigh station bypass and other advanced truck safety and toll payment technologies has announced the acquisition of  CVO Holding Company LLC. “The Alliance views this strategic acquisition as an exciting opportunity to better serve its state and industry partners while fulfilling our non-profit mission to make highways safer and more efficient through innovative, data-driven solutions.”

Press Release
July 11th, 2022
Truck Rear Underride Guard Standards Upgraded, Side Guards Considered

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has completed a rulemaking, upgrading the rear underride guard standards on newly-manufactured trailers and semitrailers with a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or more. Previous Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) called for rear underride guards to withstand a 30 mph impact from a passenger car, in which 50% of the width of the passenger motor vehicle overlaps the rear of the trailer or semitrailer.

Blog, Regulations
July 6th, 2022
7 Trucking Regulations That Could Change Your World

Over the next two years federal regulators are expected to propose new trucking regulations that will significantly alter the world in which professional drivers, motor carriers, and trucks operate. Precisely how these regulations come about – their timing, cost, and content – are strongly affected by politics, the economy and by you, through your comments to the rulemaking dockets. Learn about these possible new trucking rules.

Blog, Business, Regulations
June 30th, 2022
FMCSA Forecasts Autonomous Truck Rulemaking for Late 2022

Toward the end of 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may release a proposed rulemaking for fully-automated (autonomous) trucks, according to the head of FMCSA’s technology division. But considering the complexity of autonomous vehicles (AV) – both cars and trucks – that schedule is not locked in. Why? The USDOT maintains a technology-neutral stance, relying on the “marketplace of ideas” for advancement of technology, making the uniformity provided by federal regulations difficult to achieve.

Blog, Regulations, Technology
June 27th, 2022
Congress Addresses Container-Related Intermodal Trucking Problems

The first major revision of U.S. container trade laws since 1998 becomes law while drawing praise from the trucking industry. The bill dealing with supply chain issues and international maritime commerce drew support from a host of trade associations, including the American Trucking Associations and the Harbor Trucking Association.

Blog, Business, Regulations, Uncategorized
June 23rd, 2022
How to Avoid The Most Common Truck Driver Hours of Service Violations

A new whitepaper from PrePass, “The Top 20 Trucker Hours of Service Violations & How to Avoid Them,” addresses responsibility for HOS compliance, from the top on down. Then, using the top 20 HOS violations from FMCSA’s database, shows four simple steps motor carriers and drivers can take to eliminate or reduce many of those violations.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
June 20th, 2022
Why Was My Truck Stopped?

Enforcement notices the actions of a professional truck driver more than those of other drivers. That’s because an 18-wheeler is the biggest vehicle on the road and it is easy to spot, not only by the officer but also by all people on the roadway. Most times, it is something the trucker did or didn’t do in traffic. Oftentimes, it is something the truck driver does without thinking… and therein lies the problem.

Blog, Safety, Trucking Community
June 15th, 2022
Operation Safe Driver Week Focuses on Speeding Cars and Trucks

This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week is scheduled for July 10-16. Law enforcement personnel in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. will patrol roadways throughout that week, issuing warnings and citations to commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors. Officers will look for violations such as speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, and drunk or drugged driving.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
June 9th, 2022
Traffic Fatalities Hit 16-Year High, Truck Involved Fatalities Up 13%

This National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report provides only a preliminary analysis of year-to-year fatality numbers over multiple categories and does not draw conclusions as to the direct cause of the crashes. But some groups are responding to the rise in fatal crashes by advancing their preferred solutions.

Blog, Safety, Trucking Community
June 6th, 2022
Podcast #66: Why Diesel Prices Are High and When Could They Drop?

Listen to the new episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast from PrePass as host Evan Lockridge talks with Tom Kloza, long-time fuel and oil analyst with the Oil Price Information Service. They discuss the causes of the recent diesel price spike, the reasons diesel has grown so much more expensive than gasoline, whether solutions to provide price relief will actually work and much more.

Blog, Podcasts
June 2nd, 2022
12 Ways to Get Control over Your Truck Fleet’s Diesel Fuel Costs

Diesel prices are at or near record highs and there is no indication as to when they may return to more typical levels. That creates a hardship on trucking operations of all sizes. Fortunately, there are some ways you can help reduce how much your motor carrier operation is spending on fuel.

Blog, Trucking Community

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