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June 7th, 2021
Podcast #54: Improve Efficiency, Reduce Delays by Using a Truck Navigation Device

Listen to this new episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast with guest with Eric Miller of the truck navigation device provider Garmin. He discusses different ways truck navigators offer more than just maps and turn-by-turn directions. He also talks about how truck navigators provide alternate routing when there are traffic delays, how this technology is changing trucking and how navigators can improve truck driver safety.

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June 2nd, 2021
TSA Seeks More Truck Driver Data – But There Is Good News

The Transportation Security Administration is asking for public comments on its plan to allow states to collect more biographic and biometric information from commercial vehicle drivers applying for, renewing or transferring a Hazardous Materials Endorsement to their commercial driver’s licenses. While more data in government hands may not seem attractive, TSA has coupled that request with streamlined application and renewal processes, and reduced costs, for many CDL holders.

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May 27th, 2021
New PrePass Guide: How Federal Trucking Regulations Become Law

It’s never been more important for truck drivers and motor carriers to understand how federal trucking regulations are created. Your voice can make a difference in the regulatory process. But first you must know how the system works and where you can have an impact. This PrePass guide provides all the information you need. It also reveals the ground rules FMCSA and other agencies must follow when developing, proposing, soliciting public comments and issuing decisions on new regulations.

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May 24th, 2021
How to Guard Against Large Truck Towing Bills

The trucking industry needs towing companies. They respond to breakdowns and accidents to keep our industry rolling. They invest their money in the equipment needed to keep us on the road. They respond day and night, and in all weather. Therefore, they certainly earn fair payment for the services they provide. However, there are times when you can be hit with larger than expected tow charges. A towing company can demand payment by holding your vehicle including the load. They also apply techniques to maximize return of the recovery. These may include excessive dispatch, mark-ups on supplies, and use of related (and marked up) “subcontractors” or “suppliers.”

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May 19th, 2021
Why the Medical Examiners Website Delay Matters to Trucking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed to delay the full implementation of its National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website until June 2025. The reason is FMCSA’s new information technology contractor needs one year to completely rebuild the website. Also, state driver’s licensing agencies need three years to adopt the new technical specifications for the secure electronic transmission of medical examiner certificate information.

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May 13th, 2021
Prepare for Operation Safe Driver 2021: Watch Your Truck’s Speed!

During Operation Safe Driver, law enforcement will watch both cars and trucks for reckless or aggressive driving. They will also look for distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, failure to obey traffic control devices, failure to use a seat belt, and evidence of drunk or drugged driving.

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May 10th, 2021
Podcast #53: Are Leased Owner-Operator Truckers in Danger of Disappearing?

Listen to this new episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast as host Evan Lockridge talks with Joe Rajkovacz of the Western States Trucking Association about changes in laws and a key regulation that could make it much more difficult to be an owner-operator truck driver. In an interview Rajkovacz he discusses why this is happening and how to possibly prepare for the future.

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May 6th, 2021
PrePass Weigh Station Bypass Available on Garmin dēzl OTR Truck Navigators

PrePass customers now have another option when it comes to receiving weigh station bypass notifications and green lights, saving them more time and money than ever before. With an active PrePass account, users of Garmin’s latest series of dēzl over-the-road truck navigators, now receive on-screen, crucial PrePass notifications of upcoming weigh stations and bypass decisions on the same screen as their navigation and route guidance. This includes Garmin’s dēzl OTR700, OTR800, OTR1000 models and its new OTR500 model.

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May 6th, 2021
PrePass Weigh Station Bypass on Garmin dēzl OTR Truck Navigators

PrePass customers now have another option when it comes to receiving weigh station bypass notifications and green lights, saving them more time and money than ever before. With an active PrePass account, users of Garmin’s latest series of dēzl over-the-road truck navigators, now receive on-screen, crucial PrePass notifications of upcoming weigh stations and bypass decisions on the same screen as their navigation and route guidance. This includes Garmin’s dēzl OTR700, OTR800, OTR1000 models and its new OTR500 model.

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May 4th, 2021
The Makings of an FMCSA Administrator

So, what are the qualifications of an FMCSA administrator? Is the president looking for a “subject matter expert;” someone with direct experience in the safety regulation of commercial trucks and buses? Is this simply a political appointment, the nominee chosen from the ranks of the president’s party? The answer is typically a bit of both… but a whole lot more.

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April 29th, 2021
When Trucking, Don’t Be Blowin’ in the Wind

Motor carriers and professional truck drivers know well the importance of preparing for winter weather. They know that natural disasters often accompany difficult weather and road conditions. They understand the importance of good resources for accurate information on weather updates and road closures. But, somehow, many carriers and driver don’t regard wind by itself as “air in a hurry.” Instead, they view it as something we all put up with rather than as a potential safety hazard.

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April 26th, 2021
Is Your Trucking Fleet Ready for 2021 Roadcheck?

During Roadcheck, expect enforcement to inspect your drivers and your trucks and make sure to prepare them. Many states and provinces will adjust their “pull-in” rate at weigh stations to check as many commercial vehicles as enforcement staffing allows – including those which would normally bypass inspection sites. CVSA gives this advance notice of Roadcheck so you can be prepared. Here is what you need to know.

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