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August 17, 2017 - Industry News

ATA's Spear Cites Washington Policy Gains

ATA's Chris Spear

Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, says Washington is hearing the voice of the trucking industry. In a keynote address that offered praise for the Trump administration, Spear told the 2017 In.Sight user conference about several policy wins that have been secured.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Sleep Apnea, PeopleNet, Speed Limiter, TMW Systems, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

ATA to California: Don't Mess With Trucking

ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. Photo: Jim Beach

State governments, especially California, need to understand they can’t “mess with trucking,” said Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, at the TMW Systems and Peoplenet in.site User Conference + Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, California, Driver Shortage, Autonomous Vehicles

August 11, 2017 - Industry News

Autonomous Technology Heats Up in Arizona

A more relaxed regulatory environment compared to other states has helped Arizona become a hotbed of autonomous vehicle testing. Photo: Truckinginfo.com

Autonomous vehicle developers have apparently decided the Grand Canyon state is the ideal place to test out their new technology.

Tags: Regulations, Arizona, Mobileye, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Slates Summertime Road Show Regional Forums

With no fanfare and nearly as little publicity, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun holding day-long regional forums to discuss how to improve the highway safety performance of commercial vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Enforcement, ELDs, CSA, Safety

August 1, 2017 - Product News

Donlen Partners with J.J. Keller on ELD Solution

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By partnering with J. J. Keller, Donlen is able to offer customers a compliant ELD solution that is simple and flexible for fleets, with ELDs that install quickly and are compatible with all vehicle classes (1-8).

Tags: Regulations, J.J. Keller, Donlen, ELDs, Hours of Service, Fleet Management Companies

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: National Safety Council, State Laws, Safety, Regulations

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Speed Limiter

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, U.S. Congress, Regulations

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Committee Tasked with Picking Rules to Cut

Image: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Donald Trump

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Vows to Continue Fight Against Mandatory ELDs

OOIDA claims ELDs aren't any more effective at preventing crashes than paper logs. Photo: Roehl

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.

Tags: Regulations, OOIDA, ELD Mandate, U.S. Supreme Court, Hours of Service

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Attorneys General Vow to Fight Emissions Easing By Trump

Photo via Wikimedia.

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.

Tags: Regulations, Emissions Reduction, Donald Trump, CAFE Standards

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Gets Earful on Autonomous Trucks at Atlanta Listening Session

Among the most common concerns at FMCSA's Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session were questions about changes to the Hours of Service rules and how actively engaged drivers should be while a truck is in autonomous driving mode. Photo: Jack Roberts

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.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CVSA, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

FCMSA to Hold Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session in Atlanta

FMCSA will webcast its listening session from Atlanta on April 24. Photo: Peterbilt

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.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Autonomous Vehicles

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Regulations, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity, ELD Mandate

March 21, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Pulling for Hair-Testing Standards

Image: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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.

Tags: ATA, Drug Testing, Hair Testing, Department of Health and Human Services, Regulations

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Groups Ask Chao to Kill Safety Fitness Determination Proposal

Image: FMCSA

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.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Elaine Chao, Regulations

February 14, 2017 - Industry News

Trump’s Two-For-One Regulatory Fiat Spurs Court Challenge

Image: WhiteHouse.gov

A lawsuit brought by two high-profile public advocacy groups and a prominent labor union seeks to block the executive order signed by President Trump on Jan. 30 that directs federal agencies to repeal two federal regulations for every new rule they issue.

Tags: FMCSA, NHTSA, Donald Trump, Regulations, Lawsuits

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Detention Rule Shelved For Now

A federal rule regulating driver detention may be shelved for the foreseeable future.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, Detention Pay, Delivery Delays

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA’s Chris Spear Named to DOT Automation Committee

ATA president Chris Spear fielding reporters' queries on autonomous policymaking at last year's Managment Conference and Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear, who has emphasized the need for trucking to have a seat at the table when it comes to autonomous vehicle technology, has been named to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s automation advisory committee.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, U.S. DOT, Autonomous Vehicles

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Could New Administration, Congress Scuttle GHG Phase 2 Rule?

Photo: Jim Park

Could the incoming administration or Congress deep-six the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas rule? ATA's Glen Kedzie says it's entirely possible, but he cautions to "be careful what you ask for."

Tags: Emissions, GHG Phase 2, Donald Trump, Regulations

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

OOIDA Wants Rehearing on ELD Mandate Lawsuit

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association wants the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit to rehear a court decision regarding its lawsuit against the ELD mandate.

Tags: Regulations, Lawsuits, OOIDA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Keeps Controlled Substance Random Testing Rate

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that the controlled substances random testing rate for regulated motor carriers will remain at 25% for 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Drug Testing, Alcohol Testing

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Approves Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

Image: FMCSA

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.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Regulations

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

EPA Approves Modest Renewable Fuel Increase for 2017

Chart courtesy of EPA.

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.

Tags: EPA, Biofuels, Regulations, Renewable Fuels Standard

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

Clean Air Plan Encourages Cleaner Vehicles at SoCal Ports

Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have forced out many older, dirtier drayage trucks. Latest plan will encourage more use of newer, cleaner equipment. Photos by Tom Berg.

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.

Tags: NOx, Drayage, Emissions Reduction, Regulations

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