Transportation Industry in 2017 – Rules and Regulations

2017 Rules & Regulations

The end of 2016 was a tad hectic when it came to following updates on the various rules and regulations impacting the transportation industry. We witnessed the passing of the Entry-Level Minimum Training Requirements and Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse final rules, while the Overtime rule was blocked. Rules and regulations impacting the trucking industry will continue […]

What’s in Store for the Transportation Industry in 2016

What’s in store for the transportation industry in 2016? Experts seem to agree to disagree on how infrastructure, regulation and security will impact commercial fleets. Here are the top five predictions for 2016. Driver Shortage Will Continue: Fixing the driver shortage will take time, and there is no quick fix for 2016. Few new drivers, […]

I-35E HOV Lane Laws Cause Concern Among Truckers

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On January 4th, Minnesota’s I-35E HOV lanes opened to traffic. Unlike most cities, tractor-trailers can use the lanes as long as two people are visible in the cab. The required visibility of two individuals worried team truck drivers since the two alternate between driving and sleeping, meaning only one driver would typically be visible in the cab since […]

Wireless Roadside Inspections Promise Productivity Gains for Carriers

Carriers could achieve substantial productivity gains and fuel savings if all goes as hoped in a long-awaited field test of a wireless roadside inspection (WRI) system to be conducted in five southern states starting this December. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will engage 1,000 commercial trucks and buses in the test, which is […]

The Promise of Autonomous Trucks

Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles has cleared  Daimler Trucks North America to operate the first licensed autonomous commercial truck on a U.S. public highway. Heralding a new era of reduced accidents and lowered fuel consumption, Daimler’s introduction of the Freightliner “Inspiration Truck” raises a host of questions that drivers, fleet managers, and insurers will some […]

Heavily Debated Trucking Industry Hours-of-Service Regulations Under Review

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is currently reviewing the hours-of-service rules that were established in 1995 by the defunct Interstate Commerce Commission. FHWA has made it clear that they are assessing the regulations based on motor carrier efficiency and productivity as well as safety of motor carriers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety agrees that […]

Research Pinpoints Semi Truck Rollover Locations in the U.S.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released a comprehensive report that identifies the locations throughout the United States that have the highest number of truck rollovers. The information was gleaned from more than 50,000 crash records from a 9 year period (from 2001-2009.) The information was gleaned and then entered into a database based […]

Public Views on Minimum Insurance Requirements for Truck Drivers Wanted

Should the U.S. raise the minimum mandatory commercial truck insurance coverage levels? There are proponents on both side of this issue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched a public poll on the minimum financial responsibility for motor carriers in December 2014. FMCSA is seeking public comments on these topics. The public investigation is […]

Short-Term Highway Bill Passed by U.S. House This Week

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term, temporary extension of the current Highway Bill on Tuesday, May 19th. The measure will extend the current transportation funding and programs through July 31st if passed by the Senate. A May 31st deadline to keep transportation programs operating and necessary funds available drove lawmakers to pass the […]