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July 19, 2017

What My First Job Out of College Taught Me About Driving Trucks

Driving a truck for a living is hard -- but rewarding -- work. Senior Editor Jack Roberts found that out for himself 20-odd years ago.

June 27, 2017

Safety Council Grades States on Safety Policies

In the category of road safety, the top five performers are Illinois, Louisiana, Washington D.C., Delaware and Maine.

June 27, 2017

Report: Truck Speed Limiters Improve Highway Safety in Ontario

Speed-related, at-fault collisions involving large commercial vehicles fell by a whopping 73% after mandatory speed limiter legislation took effect in Ontario, according to a study by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

June 27, 2017

Report Recommends Improvements to CSA Scoring System

CSA scores would be set using an approach that pulls in a wider stream of data such as driver compensation, vehicle miles traveled by state, and other factors under improvements recommended by a congressionally mandated panel charged with reviewing the system.

June 16, 2017

FMCSA Committee Tasked with Picking Rules to Cut

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun to take specific action to comply with President Trump’s Executive Order 13771 requiring agencies relieve businesses of burdensome regulations.

June 12, 2017

OOIDA Vows to Continue Fight Against Mandatory ELDs

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says it’s not giving up on its battle against mandatory electronic logging devices, despite its failure to get the Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of the ELD mandate that goes into effect this December.

June 12, 2017

Attorneys General Vow to Fight Emissions Easing By Trump

A coalition of 13 attorneys general led by New York's Eric Schneiderman told the Trump administration it could expect a "vigorous" legal challenge to any attempt to weaken pollution standards for light duty vehicles.

June 6, 2017

Q. What is an ELD?

A. ELD = Electronic Logging Device An electronic logging device (ELD) is a device that attaches to a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) to synchronize with the engine and record Hours of Service (HOS)...

June 6, 2017

Q. What is being done to prevent drivers from being harassed into committing an HOS violation?

A. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has included provisions protecting drivers using electronic logging devices (ELDs) from being harassed into violating Hours of Service (HOS) regulations...

June 6, 2017

Q. How does a driver edit or annotate a record?

A. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides specific details on editing and annotating electronic logging device (ELD) records. The FMCSA defines an edit as a change to the ELD record that does not overwrite the original record...

May 19, 2017

Commentary: Get Ready for Trucking's Future

The only certain thing about the future is that some companies will figure out how to make money using emerging transportation technology. Will your fleet be one of them? Commentary by Senior Editor Jack Roberts.

May 2, 2017

New Refrigerants on the Way

Transport refrigeration units will soon be subject to tighter regulations on the use of hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants.

May 2, 2017

Q. What does a driver need to do if his/her ELD malfunctions?

A. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offers clear directions on what needs to be done in case an electronic logging device (ELD) malfunctions. First, the driver must note the fact that the ELD malfunctioned...

April 25, 2017

Is Your Fleet Ready for the New Food Transport Rules?

The deadline has passed to begin complying with the Food and Drug Administration’s new regulations on the safe transport of food. The regulations apply to vehicles, operations, driver training, and records. Is your fleet ready for the new rules?

April 25, 2017

FMCSA Gets Earful on Autonomous Trucks at Atlanta Listening Session

A listening session on autonomous vehicles drew public comment from law enforcement officers, truck drivers, fleet executives, OEM representatives and new technology developers, such as Uber.

April 14, 2017

How ELDs Could Help Fix Problems with Truck Driver Hours of Service Rules

When it comes to addressing real-world problems with federal truck driver hours of service rules, we all know the government moves very slowly. The good news is, the controversial electronic logging device mandate could actually help the industry make its case. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

April 13, 2017

FCMSA to Hold Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session in Atlanta

How do you inspect an autonomous truck? That and other questions are on the minds of federal officials who scheduled a listening session, amid speculation the DOT is preparing to issue guidelines for autonomous vehicle use – perhaps before year's end.

April 10, 2017

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February Moves Up in Expectation of Tightened Market

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February took a positive step, as the company's analysts expect the index to approach a double digit positive reading by the end of the year due to the combination of freight growth and still-planned regulatory headwinds in 2017.

March 21, 2017

ATA Pulling for Hair-Testing Standards

The American Trucking Associations is continuing its push to allow hair-testing to be used in lieu of urinalysis to detect drug use by CDL driver applicants.

February 21, 2017

Truck Groups Ask Chao to Kill Safety Fitness Determination Proposal

A large coalition of groups representing property and passenger carriers is requesting that Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao rescind the Carrier Safety Fitness Determination notice of proposed rulemaking issued over a year ago by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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