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February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Senate Confirms Martinez as FMCSA Administrator

New FMCSA chief Raymond Maretinez File photo

Raymond Martinez’s appointment as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was confirmed by a Senate voice vote late on Feb. 13.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. Senate

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

ELD Mandate: Exemptions, Uneven Enforcement Obscure Impact

Citations have increased for violations related to AOBRDs during ELD transition. Graph courtesy FTR.

It’s impossible to gauge the full impact of the electronic logging device mandate yet, between temporary exemptions and a phased-in enforcement period, and in fact we may not know the true effect on the industry until rates soften significantly, according to FTR analysts.

Tags: Regulations, FTR, Capacity, Freight Rates, ELD Mandate

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies How to Request a Non-Preventable Crash Data Review

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has clarified how carriers may go about requesting a data review of certain non-preventable crashes. Photo: FMCSA

Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched a demonstration program last August last summer that invited motor carriers to request a data review of certain non-preventable crashes, only now is the agency releasing “additional information to help submitters and other interested parties understand the demonstration program.”

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

CVSA Director Talks ELDs, Enforcement, and the Future

Mooney spoke about the disconnect between how trucking companies view some of the Alliance’s enforcement and what the CVSA is actually trying to accomplish. Photo: CVSA

In a wide ranging interview, CVSA executive director Collin Mooney spoke about the ELD Mandate, out of service violations and the future of commercial safety enforcement.

Tags: CSA, CVSA, ELDs, Weigh-Station Bypass, Out of Service Violations, ELD Mandate, Safety & Compliance

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

NATSO Report Finds Rest Areas Reduce Overall Truck Parking Capacity

A NATSO study shows a relationship between public commercial parking and a reduced overall truck parking capacity along a highway. Photo: DanTD

Interstate highways with private sector investment have 69% more commercial truck parking spaces per mile than those with public rest areas, according to a report issued by NATSO, an association representing truckstops and travel plazas.

Tags: Truckstops, NATSO, Truck Parking, Rest Areas

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

CarriersEdge Now Offers Vehicle Inspection Courses in Spanish

Offering training in multiple languages (the company also has courses in French and Punjabi) is not only of benefit to drivers but can also be an effective way to new drivers. (Image: CarriersEdge)

CarriersEdge, a provider of online driver training for the trucking industry, is now offering Vehicle Inspection training courses in Spanish.

Tags: Training, Driver Training, CVSA, CarriersEdge, Spanish, Vehicle Inspections

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

DOT Digs into Data on Driver Detention

DOT has taken issue with how FMSCA plans to collect data on driver detention. Photo: Dept.of Transportation

An audit slams the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s plan to collect data on driver detention, noting that the data collected “may not accurately describe how the diverse trucking industry experiences driver detention, which would limit any further analysis of [detention’s] impacts.”

Tags: HOS, Driver Detention, FMCSA, U.S. DOT, Driver Fatigue

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

PeopleNet Explains Need for AOBRD Waiver for ELD Rule

PeopleNet has issued an advisory on the need for an AOBRD waiver of the ELD rule for its customers. Photo: PeopleNet

With the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration having granted a waiver that gives PeopleNet customers that integrate existing AOBRDs with fleet management and safety systems until March 18 to continue installing ELD-compatible devices running AOBRD software, the supplier has put together material to help address the need for the waiver.

Tags: FMCSA, PeopleNet, ELD Mandate, AOBRD

February 2, 2018 - Global News

States with Highest Cell Phone Road Deaths Identified

Graphic courtesy of the Expert Market.

One in 10 fatal car crashes in the U.S. each year are caused by distracted driving, and using cell phones while behind the wheel kills as many as 300 people annually in some states, according to a new report from Expert Market.

Tags: Texas, Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Dozens of Congressmen Go to Bat for OOIDA ELD Exemption Request

Twenty-five Congressmen have wriiten to FMCSA in support of OOIDA's request for a five-year ELD exemption for certain motor carriers.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has garnered the support of over two dozen Congressmen in the form of a letter from them to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that encourages the agency to grant OOIDA’s pending application for a 5-year exemption from the ELD rule.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, OOIDA, ELD Mandate

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

5-Year Exemption Would 'Gut’ ELD Rule, Truck Safety Groups Say

The Trucking Alliance, which consists of motor carrier members, contends that granting a 5-year exemption to smaller carriers would 'gut' the ELD rule. Photo: Knight Transportation

Is there such a thing as too big an exemption to the electronic logging rule? That’s the gist of joint comments submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by a safety advocacy group composed of motor carriers and a highway-safety lobby.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, The Trucking Alliance, ELD Mandate

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA: Carriers Stymied by PeopleNet AOBRD Issue May Seek Exemption

Old Dominion Freight Line is seeking a one-year exemption from the ELD mandate. Photo: ODFL

The FMCSA is considering a request by one motor carrier for a one-year exemption from electronic logging rules so that its AOBRD/ELD provider can provide a specific type of software as having been made “on behalf of all motor carriers in similar situations concerning the integration of PeopleNet’s ELD software into fleet management systems.”

Tags: FMCSA, Old Dominion Freight Line, ELDs, ELD Mandate

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

CARB Loses Appeal in Lawsuit over Emissions Compliance

An appeals court has ruled that CARB had overstepped its authority in allowing small fleets to delay compliance and failed to consider the economic and environmental impacts. Photo: Jim Park

California's Fifth District Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling from 2014 that the California Air Resources Board overstepped its authority in allowing small trucking companies to delay complying with certain emissions regulations.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, Lawsuits, Small Fleets, Environmental Compliance

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Canada Senate: Country Not Prepared for Autonomous Vehicles

Is Canada ready for the global adoption of autonomous vehicles? Photo: Daimler

As the U.S. government mulls guidelines for autonomous vehicles that often don’t consider heavy trucks, a Canadian government panel has concluded that our neighbor to the north is ill-prepared for the arrival of autonomous and connected vehicles.

Tags: Canada, Autonomous Vehicles, Regulations, Future Trucks, Infrastructure

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations on Propane Tankers

NTSB has issued six safety recommendations regarding the loading of propane tanker trucks. Image: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations on loading and inspecting propane truck tankers after its investigation of a 2016 crash.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Safety, NTSB, Tankers, Propane Transport, Safety

January 27, 2018 - Industry News

Video: Autopiloted Tesla Rear-Ends Fire Truck

Both NHTSA and NTSB will investigate a Los Angeles-area collision involving a Tesla Model S that the driver said was operating in Autopilot mode.

Tags: NTSB, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, NHTSA, Safety, Rear-End Collisions, Semi-Autonomous, Accidents

January 22, 2018 - Industry News

Intelligent Intersection Tech Coming to Columbus

Image courtesy of Continental.

Continental will install its vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications technology to help prevent intersection crashes.  

Tags: Continental, City of Columbus, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Connected Vehicle Technology, U.S. DOT, Safety, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Survey: Regional Small Fleets Slower to Comply With ELD Mandate

Graph courtesy CarrierLists

Regional small fleets appear to be lagging behind national fleets when it comes to adoption of mandatory electronic logging devices, according to the latest weekly survey numbers from CarrierLists.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

January 12, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Updates SMS Website with December Results

Screenshot of the FMCSA's Safety Measurement System website.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has updated its CSA Safety Measurement System website with the Dec. 29, 2017 crash preventability results.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Highway Safety, Crash Research, SMS, Crash Analysis

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Gautreaux Sees Innovation Driving Safety Forward

FMCSA Deputy Administrator Cathy Gautreaux tells TRB audience in Washington DC that the agency will keep seeking to reduce regulations without negatively impacting safety. Photo: David Cullen

At the start of her first full year helping to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Deputy Administrator Cathy Gautreaux praised the agency for its recent accomplishments and laid out its priorities going forward.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD Mandate, TRB, Highway Safety, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

CVSA’s Cordova Joins Zonar Compliance Team

Ron Cordova Photo: Zonar

Fleet management technology company Zonar has announced that Ron Cordova, former law enforcement officer and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance president, would be joining its compliance team.

Tags: Leadership, Compliance, Zonar, People, CVSA, ELDs

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Environmental Group, State Attorneys Urge EPA to Keep Glider Kit GHG Rules

Photo: Tom Berg

Environmental advocates, state attorneys general, and others are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain the Obama administration’s ruling on glider kits under the Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 rules, calling the current efforts to reverse the rule at odds with the Clean Air Act.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, EPA, Environmental Defense Fund, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2, Donald Trump, Barack Obama

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Cuts UCR Fees for Motor Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule that reduces annual registration fees collected the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement for the 2018, 2019, and subsequent registration years.

Tags: Unified Carrier Registration; FMCSA

January 5, 2018 - Press Release

Kinedyne Certified by Women's Business Council

Kinedyne LLC, a business specializing in the design, manufacture, and distribution of cargo securement products to the transportation industry for nearly 50 years, announced national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women President’s Educational Organization-NY.

Tags: Kinedyne, Recognition, Women in Fleet, Women's Business Enterprises

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Sprinter 3500 Vans Recalled for Crosswind Assist

Screen shot via YouTube.

The recall covers 2,177 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 and Freightliner Sprinter 3500 vans.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Freightliner, Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, NHTSA, Safety

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