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May 20, 2016 - Industry News

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.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, NOx, Diesel Emissions

May 17, 2016 - Product News

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.

Tags: Regulations, Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Regulations in the Pipeline: Update from NPTC

On the NPTC show floor in Cincinnati. Photo: David Cullen

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.

Tags: CSA, NPTC, HOS, FMCSA, Regulations, Private Fleets

April 18, 2016 - Product News

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.

Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Xtra Lease, Size and Weight

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Regulations, West Virginia, Truck Weight, Court Ruling

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends 4 Bus Companies for Falsifying Information

The FMCSA has revoked the operating authority registration of four commercial bus companies for willfully failing to comply with federal safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, DOT Compliance, Buses

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Entry-Level Driver Training Rule

Behind-the-wheel training is the focus of the proposal.

Proposed national entry-level driver training requirements focus on a minimum amount of behind-the-wheel training.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Driver Training

January 21, 2016 - Product News

J.J. Keller Adds More HOS Rule Sets to ELog App

Photo: J.J. Keller

J.J. Keller & Associates has expanded the number of Hours of Service rule sets in its mobile logging app to help fleets maintain compliance under the electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: Regulations, J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDs, Mobile App

December 31, 2015 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Regulations, HDT Magazine

December 30, 2015 - Industry News

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.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking (Mostly) Welcomes Electronic Log Rule

Photo: Omnitracs

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.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Hours of Service, Regulations

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces Electronic Logs Mandate

Photo courtesy J.J. Keller

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.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, ELDs, Medium-Duty Trucks

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed Rule Would Require Seat Belts for Passengers in Commercial Trucks

HDT file photo

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

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Seat Belts

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Proposes More Effective Rear Impact Guards

The proposed rules would prevent "passenger compartment intrusion" of a car that rear-ends a trailer for 5 mph more than now.

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.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Trailers, NHTSA, Underride Guard, Regulations

November 30, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Coercion Final Rule Goes into Effect Jan. 29

Photo: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

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.

Tags: FMSCA, Driver Coercion, Regulations

October 1, 2015 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Economy, Regulations, ACT Research, Truck Orders

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

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.”

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Safety & Compliance, FMCSA, Vehicle Safety, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Regulatory Agenda: Hurry Up and Wait

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg speaking at the FTR Conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday. Photo by Jim Park

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.

Tags: FMCSA, FTR, Regulations, Hours of Service, CSA

September 15, 2015 - Industry News

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.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations

August 18, 2015 - Industry News

Concerns Aired at GHG Phase 2 Hearing

A panel of representatives from the EPA and NHTSA listened to comments and suggestions for the proposed Phase 2 GHG rules. Photo by Steven Martinez.

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.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, GHG, EPA, NHTSA

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Regulations, EPA, NHTSA, Greenhouse Gas

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA to Upgrade Truck Underride and Conspicuity Rules

Photo: Tom Berg

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the rear-underride crash protection and visibility of single-unit trucks.

Tags: Underride, NHTSA, Straight Trucks, Regulations

July 9, 2015 - Industry News

Shipping Execs Reveal Frustration with Hazmat Regs

Labelmaster has released the findings of a survey it conducted of shipping executives that reveals their frustrations with confusing hazardous materials regulations.

Tags: Regulations, Survey, Shippers, Hazmat

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

ATA on CSA Proposal: Move to 'Risk-Based' Enforcement

Proposed changes to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability system are a good start, but American Trucking Associations says there's much more to be done.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, NTSB

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Makers of Collision-Mitigation Systems Say They Pay for Themselves

Reducing severity of rear-end collisions is all the products promise. But they can avoid some accidents, too. Photo: Meritor Wabco

Bendix and Meritor Wabco like the renewed attention put on their products by recommendations issued this week by the NTSB. But they don’t necessarily want to see them mandated.

Tags: Meritor Wabco, Forward Collision Warning, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, NTSB, NHTSA, Regulations

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