Regulations

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December 2, 2016

FMCSA Finalizes Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule

The long-anticipated final rule to establish a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers has at last been released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The rule goes into effect on January 4, 2017, with a compliance date of January 2020.

November 29, 2016

EPA Approves Modest Renewable Fuel Increase for 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a 6% increase in the level of biofuels that producers must blend with gasoline and diesel in 2017 that falls significantly short of amount required by the Renewable Fuel Standard by 2022.

November 23, 2016

Clean Air Plan Encourages Cleaner Vehicles at SoCal Ports

Operation of zero- and near-zero-emissions trucks, locomotives and container-handling equipment would expand beginning in 2019 and culminate with wide use of electric trucks by 2035, according to the latest San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.

November 22, 2016

Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Tightening Capacity

FTR's September Trucking Conditions Index shows a reading of 5.47, down somewhat from August’s reading.

November 9, 2016

CNG, LPG Vehicle Market to Grow 10% a Year by 2022

The global compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market is expected to grow by more than 10% a year over the next six years due to the increase in population and urbanization, a growing demand for passenger and commercial vehicles, and stringent emission control regulations, according to a new forecast.

October 12, 2016

Speed Limiters Redux

A recent editorial on speed limiters generated a flurry of comments. HDT's Deborah Lockridge shares some of them, and some more thoughts on this controversial issue, in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

September 16, 2016

California's Zero Emissions Vehicle Dreams

Diesel engines are cleaner than ever. So why is the California Air Resources Board calling for more zero emissions vehicles?

August 30, 2016

Phase 2 GHG Rules to Curtail Use of Glider Kits

Starting in January of 2021, under the new greenhouse gas regulations, glider kits will be allowed mostly for their original purpose, which was reclaiming late-model powertrains from wrecked trucks.

August 29, 2016

GHG Phase 2: Trucking Industry Reactions

Industry reactions to the final greenhouse gas/fuel efficiency rules for medium- and heavy-duty trucks tended to be [mostly] upbeat and positive, reflecting a determination to roll up the sleeves and deal with trucking’s latest reality.

August 26, 2016

Canada Scrambling to Develop ELD Standard

Despite an early start on developing an Electronic Logging Device standard, Canadian regulators are now scrambling to get something in place by the time the U.S. rule takes effect in December 2017.

August 26, 2016

DOT Finally Proposes Truck Speed-Limiter Rule

Federal safety regulators are proposing that heavy-duty vehicles be equipped with speed-limiting devices set to a specific maximum speed.

August 25, 2016

California Toughens Greenhouse Gas Emission Rules

California is set to approve even tougher air-quality controls that would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, after the state Legislature passed Senate Bill 32 on Aug. 24.

July 1, 2016

Stoneridge to Enter U.S. ELD Market

Stoneridge has announced plans to enter the North American electronic logging device market, using its experience in the tachograph market in Europe to help fleets and drivers comply with upcoming regulations.

May 20, 2016

Calif. Clean Air Plan Calls for Further NOx, PM Reductions

As part of a broad-reaching clean air program, California has proposed a low-NOx engine standard for heavy trucks. Truck and engine makers have said in the past that striving for low NOx in diesels could conflict with federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing fuel economy.

May 17, 2016

J.J. Keller Announces Rollout Service for ELD Mandate

J.J. Keller has introduced the Driver DataSense Plus with ELD Rollout Service to help fleets meet the 2017 ELD mandate deadline.

April 25, 2016

Trucking Regulations in the Pipeline: Update from NPTC

It took him all of an hour and a half, but Rick Schweitzer, general counsel for the National Private Truck Council, gamely managed to get across the key elements of the sweep of regulatory changes coming down the pike for trucking.

April 18, 2016

Living With ELDs: Getting Ahead of the Electronic Logs Mandate

Fleets prepared to make the necessary changes to every facet of their operation will be more successful transitioning to e-logs.

April 18, 2016

Xtra Lease Offers Free Size & Weight Reference Guide

Trailer leasing company Xtra Lease is offering the 2016 Size & Weight Guide, a reference guide containing state-by-state listings of size and weight regulations.

April 11, 2016

West Virginia City Loses Appeal to Regulate Heavy Truck Traffic

The Morgantown, W. Va., city council has lost an appeal to regulate traffic along Route 7 in its jurisdiction based on size and weight.

March 28, 2016

Dry Vans: Regulations, What Customers Want, and How It Could Change

While many equipment mandates cause angst in the industry, a recent government proposal to require stronger rear under-ride guards is apparently not one of them.

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