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The Pounding of All the Rules
By David Cullen
The compounding effect of several new safety regulations in the next few years could have more of a negative impact on industry capacity than the individual regulations themselves.
Langer Transport, headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., recently deployed Omnitracs’ MPC50 in-cab devices which include an electronic log applications, navigation and critical event reporting. 
What It's Like To Eliminate Paper Logs
By Jim Beach
Tank carrier Langer Transport tossed aside paper driver logs for good this January, opting to switch over to an automated hours-of-service application from Omnitracs LLC.
Fleets have been able to improve their CSA scores with automated driver logs and electronic driver vehicle inspection reports.
Technology Drives Down CSA Scores
By Jim Beach
When it comes to improving fleet operations, no matter the immediate issue at hand, technology, in all its forms, is becoming the “go-to” tool.
Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor. 
Commentary: It's All About the Brakes
By Denise Rondini
Everybody talks about the importance of properly operating brakes, but, unfortunately, the talk doesn't always translate into action.
Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems.
Handling the Fallout from the Restart Rollback
By Betty Weiland, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems to cope with the 34-hour restart suspension.

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Georgia Crash Prompts Call for Collision Avoidance Mandate
A truck crash that killed five nursing students in Georgia is leading to renewed calls from one safety advocacy group for mandating collision avoidance systems on heavy trucks.
OOIDA Lobbying Against Speed-Limiter Rule
By David Cullen
The OOIDA has provided the FMCSA and the NHTSA with research showing a lack of scientific evidence supporting a speed limiter mandate and saying that enforcing the rule would make highways less safe.
Photo: Jim Park
ATA Sticks to Fuel-Tax Hike as Best Trust Fund Fix
By David Cullen
The American Trucking Associations remains committed to seeing a surface transportation package passed this year that will ensure a long-term fix for the Highway Trust Fund.
Photo: J.J. Keller
FMCSA Still Seeking Drivers for 34-Hour Restart Study
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is still seeking volunteer truck drivers for its 34-hour restart study.
Infographic detailing the driver facing amenities of Con-way Truckload's newest trucks. Graphic via Con-way Truckload
Big Con-way Truckload Order Features Automated Transmissions
Con-way Truckload is buying 635 new twin-screw tractors equipped with automated manual transmissions -- a move that will more than double the AMTs to nearly half its fleet.
ATA is urging completion of truck speed-limiting rule and calling for a national 65-mph speed limit for all vehicles.
ATA Urges Fast Action on Speed-Limiter Rule
By David Cullen
The American Trucking Associations is again urging the Department of Transportation to “move forward” with a rulemaking requiring installation of electronic speed-limiting devices on Class 7 and 8 trucks.
Image: FMCSA
DOT Delays Speed-Limiter, Safety-Fitness Rules; ELD on Track
By David Cullen
A final rule mandating electronic logging devices will still be published in September, while publication of a proposed rule to mandate speed limiters and one to establish a carrier safety-fitness determination system have been delayed a month.
CVSA Sets Annual Roadcheck for Early June
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that its 28th annual International Roadcheck will take place from June 2 to 4.
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XTRA Lease Offers 2015 Size and Weight Guide
A reference guide containing state-by-state listings of size and weight regulations, called the 2015 Size and Weight Guide, has been made available for download by XTRA Lease.
ATA Provides Safety Tips for Distracted Driving Month
The American Trucking Associations is urging motorists to put cell phones away and focus on safe driving behind the wheel as part of National Distracted Driving Month.

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Cloud-Based In-Cab Video System Launched Convoy Technologies recently introduced its Videomatics video/telematics-based system to help improve driver safety and security.
Light Monitoring System Cuts Down on Violations The Phillips Industries LITE-SENTRY is a trailer-chassis light monitoring system that alerts a driver when a light has gone out on a trailer.
McLeod, iGlobal Integrate Software with In-cab Scanning Billing and payroll documents are scanned and transmitted with iGlobal’s device, and payment for a delivered load can be made by Friday of the following week.
Multi-Capable Jensen HD Bluetooth Radio Coming in May The radio that integrates with a truck’s electrical system and can be Bluetooth-linked to smart phones, which then are operated by the radio.
Roadnet Insight Offers Business Intelligence As part of Omnitracs, LLC’s global user conference held Feb. 8 – 11 in Dallas, the company’s Roadnet Technologies business unit unveiled new products and enhancements, including a new business intelligence tool.
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