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February 27th, 2023
Podcast #72: Solving The Truck Parking Problem – New Solutions on the Table

Listen to this new episode of the “Eyes on the Road” podcast as we discuss new efforts, including legislation, to help create more parking places so truck drivers can safely get their rest. Host Evan Lockridge talks with David Heller of the Truckload Carriers Association about how much the lack of available truck parking costs drivers and fleets, how the latest federal infrastructure funding package may address the problem, and even a solution Congress is discussing.

Blog, Podcasts, Trucking Community
February 24th, 2023
More on New Trucking Regulations in 2023

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) published its Significant Rulemaking Report, listing the new regulations anticipated in 2023 from all U.S. Transportation Department regulatory agencies, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Now we can view the entire panoply of expected new trucking rules in 2023. The latest edition of the Unified Regulatory Agenda was released in January 2023 by the White House. In addition to the “significant” rulemakings, the following are expected from FMCSA and NHTSA.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
February 22nd, 2023
Trucking Things to Know Now, Part 8: Federal Regulatory Updates

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse reported a 32% increase in positive truck driver tests for marijuana in 2022 compared to the year before. The National Transportation Safety Board states that marijuana and its derivatives, including CBD, remain ill-advised for truck drivers and other DOT-regulated workers, can impair safe driving, and result in drug test violations.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
February 20th, 2023
FMCSA Proposes CSA Overhaul to Improve Truck Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing changes to the Safety Measurement System, as published in a lengthy and detailed notice. The SMS comprises the mathematical system in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program used to calculate motor carrier safety ratings and assign intervention levels. FMCSA is envisioning numerous and substantive changes to the SMS.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
February 16th, 2023
Trucking and the FTC’s Non-Compete Proposal

The Federal Trade Commission has proposed a broad ban on the use of non-compete clauses between employers and workers, as well as a requirement to rescind existing non-compete clauses. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would apply to businesses in all industries, including trucking. Here is what those in the trucking industry need to know.

Blog, Regulations, Trucking Community
February 13th, 2023
California Proposes Zero-Emission Trucks, Cracks Down on Polluters

The California Air Resources Board has announced its proposed Advanced Clean Fleets program. A hallmark of ACF was the mandatory purchase of zero-emission trucks when replacing vehicles. For some fleets, that requirement would kick in as early as 2024. However, as an option, affected carriers could choose to convert from 10% to 50% of their California fleet to zero-emission trucks by 2031

Blog, Regulations
February 9th, 2023
What Are Your Goals in 2023? How about Saving on Truck Tolls!

With all the financial challenges trucking continues to face – high diesel prices, soft freight rates, increasing insurance and labor costs – there is one you may not have thought about. Toll costs. But you may not need to take the full brunt of toll increases. You do not need to bear the burden of the toll differential every system imposes on toll-by-plate transactions. You can save money on tolls by using a transponder. The same transponder you use to bypass weigh stations.

Blog, Trucking Community
February 8th, 2023
PrePass Insider Newsletter – February 2023

In the recent U.S. Transportation Department Significant Rulemakings Report, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it will be seeking information on how to more effectively identify unsafe motor carriers and remove them from the highway. While this sounds like the mission of the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, FMCSA didn’t mention CSA at all in the report. Why did this happen?

Blog, Regulations, Safety, Trucking Community
February 6th, 2023
Is CSA Reform Back on the Table for Trucking?

While CSA was an improvement over its predecessor safety evaluation program, trucking industry reviewers noted its weaknesses. Not every BASIC, for example, was a good predictor of future crashes, and the assignment of violation severity could be arbitrary.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
February 2nd, 2023
FMCSA Proposes New Freight Broker and Freight Forwarder Financial Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement financial responsibility policies for freight brokers and freight forwarders. The proposed changes, FMCSA asserts, would benefit motor carriers when dealing with the small percentage of brokers and freight forwarders who do not meet their regulatory obligations and withhold payments to carriers.

Blog, Regulations
January 30th, 2023
New Year’s Resolution: Listen to the Drivers

When we listen to truck drivers throughout the industry, we learn about many opportunities for improvement. Listening is exactly what the American Transportation Research Institute does every year in its Top Industry Issues survey. In 2022, over 4,200 industry stakeholders across North America responded to the ATRI survey. The largest percentage of respondents, 42.7%, were professional truck drivers.

Blog, Trucking Community
January 26th, 2023
How to Keep Toll Costs from Eating into Your Truck Fleet’s Bottom Line

Failing to pay a small toll on time can lead to a $500 problem as penalties and late fees quickly add up. A 100-truck fleet can easily incur a $1 million problem with a single tolling agency. Motor carriers may not even realize a toll problem exists until it is too late. Fleets must wrangle control of their toll spending to protect their profitability. The PrePass webinar, “How to Keep Toll Costs from Eating into Your Truck Fleet’s Bottom Line,” shares practical tips to keep fleet toll costs in check.

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