Trucking Regulations Archive

Earning respect 

Over the past decade or more, the trucking industry has launched a number of initiatives to improve its image in the eyes of the general public. Almost...

OUTLOOK 2012: Regs, regs & more regs 

As humorist Will Rogers once famously observed, in every war they kill you in a new way. And so it goes this year in the endless war for survival and...

Commonsense safety approach 

This past November, with huge fanfare and little anticipation from motor carriers themselves, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released...

Preparing for the changing regulatory environment 

BIRMINGHAM. Matt Voda knows there are a lot of regulations on the table right now for trucking. He also knows that many more will come down the road. That’s why Voda, vp of product management for PeopleNet, in speaking during a session at the McLeod Software Users’ Conference here yesterday delved into the CSA 2010 and hours-of-service rules and what fleets can do to prepare for them...

Snap-on software bundle provides technical answers 

Technicians looking for answers can turn to Snap-on’s new Software Bundle 10.2 for the detailed diagnostics information they seek...

Vigillo adds more scorecards to CSA 2010 product 

Two new scorecards have been added to Vigillo’s CSA 2010 product offering. The Inspection Root Cause and Map scorecards provide additional reporting layers to allow managers the ability to make more informed decisions when it comes to CSA 2010 (Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010) data, said Vigillo...

Interpreting OSHA 

When Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act in the early 1970s, the goal was to improve safety for American workers...

2010 Light Duty Truck Specs 

FLEET OWNER's coverage of light-truck specifications for the 2010 model year includes information on every Class 1 and 2 truck appropriate for commercial fleet applications...

Trucking’s pushback on “cap-and-trade” continues 

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is continuing to lobby hard against proposed “cap-and-trade” legislation with the support of new Congressional allies...

Closing the gap on highway extensions 

The passage this week of a three-month extension of current highway funding by a vote of 335 to 85 in the U.S. House of Representatives must now be reconciled with an 18-month extension wending its way out of committee in the U.S. Senate...

Down East pilot plan draws cheers, jeers 

A one-year pilot program to test the impact of higher truck weight limits on Maine's interstate highways is drawing both support and flak as Congress prepares to vote on the measure...

LTL alliance clears anti-trust hurdle 

A long-awaited decision by the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) clears the way for an alliance of seven regional LTL carriers to collaborate more closely in terms of developing joint services and pricing – while also potentially opening the door to more such alliances in the future...

Webinar to focus on HOS and driver fatigue 

Dr. Gerald P. Krueger will be one of the guest speakers on a Sept. 22 webinar presented by Truckload Carriers Assn. and Fleet Owner and sponsored by ResMed. The webinar, entitled “Alert at the Wheel: A positive, proactive approach to mastering driver fatigue and sleep apnea,” will focus on this very important issue...

Low-carbon fuel debate heats up 

The nonprofit Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) coalition, comprised of businesses, state officials, and other groups, is launching a broad a multi-state campaign to head off Congressional efforts to establish a national Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) as part of a larger energy bill that’s partly designed to steeply reduce greenhouse-gas emissions...

U.S. Chamber challenges EPA to a “trial” 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to hold a “trial-style” public hearing on the scientific evidence for man-made climate change, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times...

Patch made, now what? 

Emergency funding doesn't provide much time to debate reauthorization...

Open forum addresses N.A. cargo securement rules 

The North American Cargo Securement Harmonization Public Forum will be held this year in Montreal, Canada on November 23. ...

Trailer ABS lamp rule now permanent  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a final rule that makes permanent an existing requirement that trailers with antilock brake systems (ABS) be equipped with an external malfunction indicator lamp...

ATA videos detail safety agenda 

To further educate the public regarding its 18-point safety agenda, the American Trucking Assn. (ATA) has produced three videos detailing the proposals...

Trucking takes on fuel speculators 

At hearings being held by the federal government’s Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the trucking industry is calling for more regulation of the markets that trade in petroleum futures – specifically to head off the type of fast upward swings in diesel prices that ravaged motor carriers in 2008...

Truck-tractor braking rules cut stopping distance 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finally issued long-awaited new braking standards for commercial truck tractors, mandating that a tractor-trailer traveling at 60 miles per hour must come to a complete stop in 250 feet, versus the old standard of 355 feet – a reduction of truck stopping distance of roughly 30%...

ATA lobbying for increased fuel taxes 

The American Trucking Assns. (ATA), is strongly endorsing an increase in fuel taxes as it holds such taxes offer the most efficient and cost-effective way to fund highway infrastructure needs, for both the average motorist and freight haulers alike...

Federal legislation would ban tanker wetlines 

The House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has a draft of the Hazardous Material Transportation Act Reauthorization Bill that would eventually ban wetlines on any trailer hauling hazardous materials...

Transportation reform blueprint released 

WASHINGTON D.C. Painting U.S. surface transportation networks as broken and failing, riddled with inefficient funding mechanisms and "perverse incentives," a bipartisan think tank is urging a total overhaul of U.S. transportation policy...

ATA rolls out safety agenda 

The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) rolled out an 18-point highway safety agenda this week that encompasses a wide variety of initiatives...

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