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January 8, 2016

Commentary: Four Lessons to Learn From 2015

We’ve all heard the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s one to take to heart looking back at 2015.

December 31, 2015

The News That Mattered Most to You

It’s customary to look back at the year just ended and here we do so by presenting the daily news stories posted by Heavy Duty Trucking that most caught our readers’ eyes throughout 2015.

December 30, 2015

FMCSA Drops Compliance Decal Proposal

FMCSA has withdrawn a notice of proposed rulemaking that would have required a commercial motor vehicle to display a label attesting that it was compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards when it was manufactured.

December 22, 2015

Must You Provide Only Positive D&A Tests to Prospective Employers? Negative!

When a motor carrier receives an inquiry into a current or former driver’s drug and alcohol testing history, what specifically is the company required to release?

December 10, 2015

Trucking (Mostly) Welcomes Electronic Log Rule

Given how much industry feedback — dating back five years — informed the writing of the electronic logging device mandate announced Thursday, it’s not surprising that stakeholder reaction right out of the gate is mostly positive, with owner-operators marking the exception.

December 10, 2015

FMCSA Announces Electronic Logs Mandate

By early December 2017, an estimated 3 million commercial drivers will have thrown out their paper logbooks. A long-anticipated rule requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) for truck and bus driver hours of service was announced Thursday morning.

December 9, 2015

Proposed Rule Would Require Seat Belts for Passengers in Commercial Trucks

FMCSA is asking for public comment on a proposal to require passengers riding in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles to use safety belts.

December 8, 2015

NHTSA Proposes More Effective Rear Impact Guards

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed rules that would require “more robust” rear impact guards on trailers and semitrailers. The stronger guards would remain effective at up to 35 mph – compared to 30 mph for current guards.

November 30, 2015

Driver Coercion Final Rule Goes into Effect Jan. 29

A final rule prohibiting acts of coercion aimed at compelling truck drivers to violate federal safety regulations has been published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and becomes effective on Jan. 29, 2016.

November 1, 2015

The Pounding of All the Rules

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.

October 1, 2015

Truck Demand May Be Slower Through 2016

After a strong end to 2014 and early 2015, the truck market has softened. With several unknown factors like regulations and fluctuating economic conditions, it looks like this trend may continue for a while.

September 24, 2015

Proposed 'Mattress Tag Rule' Angers ATA's Engineering VP

Ted Scott, vice president of engineering for the American Trucking Associations, had a succinct assessment of a recent federal regulatory proposal: “FMCSA has finally gone crazy.”

September 16, 2015

FMCSA Regulatory Agenda: Hurry Up and Wait

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg told attendees at the FTR Conference that most of FMCSA'S current rulemaking workload is on hold until after Acting Administrator Scott Darling is confirmed as the Agency's next Administrator.

September 15, 2015

E-Logs, Safety Fitness Rule on FMCSA's Priority List

As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration readies a long-awaited proposed rule that would use CSA data in making Safety Fitness Determinations for motor carriers, it's also preparing for "Phase III" of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

August 18, 2015

Concerns Aired at GHG Phase 2 Hearing

EPA and NHTSA's public hearing on proposed GHG Phase 2 standards allowed fleets, manufacturers, environmental groups and legislators to air their concerns on the future emissions rules, often disagreeing on the particulars.

August 17, 2015

Commentary: GHG - A Look Beyond the Machinery

The problem with the proposed Phase 2 GHG regulations is that Washington never sees the whole picture with the trucking industry.

August 14, 2015

The Smart Road to Younger Drivers

While lowering the age of drivers may cause panic in the media, being smart about training young drivers can significantly reduce the risks.

August 14, 2015

A Closer Look at Proposed Phase 2 GHG Rules

We take a close look at the proposed 'Phase 2' greenhouse gas/ fuel economy rules.

August 11, 2015

Commentary: Regulatory Drag and the Driver Shortage

Despite projections of an economic slowdown, upcoming regulations could still require fleets to find large numbers of new drivers.

August 5, 2015

Phase 2 GHG Public Hearing Scheduled

EPA and NHTSA will hold a public hearing on Aug. 6 in Chicago for the proposed Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles.


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