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February 22, 2018 - Industry News

Tennessee Tech Disavows Maligned Glider Kit Study Pending Review

Tennessee Tech's president has sent a letter to the EPA urging that it not to use the university's glider kit environmental impact study pending an investigation into the validy of its results. Photo: Tom Berg

Tennessee Tech's president has sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urging that it not use the university's glider kit environmental impact study pending an investigation into the validity of its results.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2

February 20, 2018 - Industry News

Controversial Glider Kit Environmental Study Comes Under Fire

A study that played a key role in a recent EPA proposal to roll back glider kit restrictions has come under fire by the faculty of the Tennessee unversity that conducted it. Photo: Tom Berg

A controversial study commissioned by Fitzgerald Glider Kits that played a key role in a recent EPA proposal to rollback glider kit restrictions has come under fire by the faculty of the Tennessee university that conducted it.

Tags: Regulations, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Glider Kits, OEMs, GHG Phase 2

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

ELD Mandate: Exemptions, Uneven Enforcement Obscure Impact

Citations have increased for violations related to AOBRDs during ELD transition. Graph courtesy FTR.

It’s impossible to gauge the full impact of the electronic logging device mandate yet, between temporary exemptions and a phased-in enforcement period, and in fact we may not know the true effect on the industry until rates soften significantly, according to FTR analysts.

Tags: Regulations, FTR, Capacity, Freight Rates, ELD Mandate

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

CARB Loses Appeal in Lawsuit over Emissions Compliance

An appeals court has ruled that CARB had overstepped its authority in allowing small fleets to delay compliance and failed to consider the economic and environmental impacts. Photo: Jim Park

California's Fifth District Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling from 2014 that the California Air Resources Board overstepped its authority in allowing small trucking companies to delay complying with certain emissions regulations.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, Lawsuits, Small Fleets, Environmental Compliance

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Canada Senate: Country Not Prepared for Autonomous Vehicles

Is Canada ready for the global adoption of autonomous vehicles? Photo: Daimler

As the U.S. government mulls guidelines for autonomous vehicles that often don’t consider heavy trucks, a Canadian government panel has concluded that our neighbor to the north is ill-prepared for the arrival of autonomous and connected vehicles.

Tags: Canada, Autonomous Vehicles, Regulations, Future Trucks, Infrastructure

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Environmental Group, State Attorneys Urge EPA to Keep Glider Kit GHG Rules

Photo: Tom Berg

Environmental advocates, state attorneys general, and others are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain the Obama administration’s ruling on glider kits under the Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 rules, calling the current efforts to reverse the rule at odds with the Clean Air Act.

Tags: Emissions, Regulations, EPA, Environmental Defense Fund, Glider Kits, GHG Phase 2, Donald Trump, Barack Obama

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Mandate Finally Arrives, to Growing Pains and Praise

The electronic logging device rule kicked in on Dec. 18 and enforcement has begun across the country.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, ATA, Hours of Service, CVSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

Clean Air Action Plan Approved by SoCal Ports

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Clean Air Action Plan, which seeks to aggressively reduce emissions at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has been approved by the harbor commissions of both ports.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Administration Moves to Establish Drone Policy

A new drone policy proposed by the Trump Administration allows drone operations up to 200 feet above ground or even 400 feet where appropriate. Photo: UPS

The Trump administration issued a memorandum on Oct. 25 directing the Department of Transportation to establish a program in conjunction with state and local governments to regulate drone operation in delivery applications.

Tags: Technology, Regulations, U.S. DOT, Drones, Donald Trump

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Issues First-Ever Autonomous Truck Policy Guidelines

ATA has issued 21 policy points aimed at smoothing the eventual deployment and operation of autonomous trucks. Photo: Freightliner

ORLANDO – The American Trucking Associations issued its first-ever policy guidelines concerning the deployment of autonomous trucks in interstate commerce operations.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Autonomous Vehicles, ATA MC&E

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Court Battle Erupts over Truck Trailers and GHG/MPG Rule

Trailer aerodynamic device include side skirts, pictured here. Photo: Utility Trailer Mfg.

Court filings have begun to pile up that may ultimately determine the fate of the trailer-related provision within the federal Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards.

Tags: Regulations, EDF, Trailers, GHG Phase 2, TTMA

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Senate Committee Advances Self-Driving Bill

Photo of self-driving car courtesy of SmartUSA/Mercedes-Benz.

The legislation, intended to eliminate barriers to the safe testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, still faces a vote by the full Senate.

Tags: Regulations, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Florida Braces for Hurricane Irma’s Impact

Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever develop in the Atlantic, will likely make landfall on the U.S. mainland by the end of the week. In preparation, state and federal agencies are already declaring an emergency on the ground.

Tags: FMCSA, Florida, Regulations, Natural Disaster, Hurricanes, Disaster Relief, Hurricane Irma

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Rules in 26 States to Help Fuel, Supplies Flow after Harvey

FMCSA is suspending certain trucking regulations in 26 states and the District of Columbia to aide in the recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey. Image: FMCSA

To aid in the effort to bring supplies and fuel to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the State of Texas have lifted several trucking regulations to cut down on red tape and smooth the flow of goods.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Texas, Hours of Service, Disaster Relief, Hurricane Harvey

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

California Gears up for Stricter Diesel Truck Emissions Regulations

California legislators may soon target older diesel trucks in a new round of tough state emissions regulations. Photo: Jim Park

Diesel-powered trucks appear to be in the crosshairs once again as California legislators, citing overwhelming public support, call for even tougher emissions regulations.

Tags: California, CALSTART, Diesel Technology Forum, CARB, Emissions Reduction, Diesel Emissions, Electric Vehicles, Regulations

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

KASCH

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

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