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Caution on Using ELD Records for IRP & IFTA

As of late this year, most motor carrier drivers will be obliged under Federal Regulations to keep their hours-of-service records by means of electronic logging devices. The rules require the ELD systems to use GPS to track a driver’s travels, within limits, and to create records that include periodic location and time information. Many carriers … Continue reading Caution on Using ELD Records for IRP & IFTA

Quality of Driver Medical Examinations is Inconsistent, ATRI Reports

The quality of truck and bus driver physical exams administered by certified Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration medical examiners is inconsistent, according to new analysis by the American Transportation Research Institute. The analysis, done in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, was based on a survey of 900 commercial drivers, 300 motor carriers and 1,200 certified … Continue reading Quality of Driver Medical Examinations is Inconsistent, ATRI Reports

Sales of Used Trucks Rise 11% on Strong Replacement Need

Sales of Class 8 used trucks in February improved 11% year-over-year and prices steadied, but the oversupply of late-model sleepers continues and could grow by the end of the year, experts said. Sales reached 3,684 compared with 3,306 a year earlier, ACT Research Co. reported, based on its sample of dealers, wholesalers and auctioneers as … Continue reading Sales of Used Trucks Rise 11% on Strong Replacement Need

TCA Implores Congress Not to Raise Truck Weights

The Truckload Carriers Association reiterated its support of the current five-axle, 80,000-pound federal gross vehicle weight limit for trucks in an April 5 letter to the leaders of both the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on Appropriations. TCA President John Lyboldt wrote the lawmakers that the association and its trucking company members … Continue reading TCA Implores Congress Not to Raise Truck Weights

Inventories Rose in February, Retail Sales Slipped in March

This morning, the Census Bureau reported that inventories rose in February (this data lags by one month), however a 0.4% bump in sales kept the inventory-to-sales ratio steady. Specifically, the total business, which includes manufacturing, retail, and wholesale, inventory-to-sales ratio stood at 1.35. Inventories at wholesalers and retailers remain too high, but the problem is … Continue reading Inventories Rose in February, Retail Sales Slipped in March

Canadian ELD Mandate Could be in Place by Spring 2017

Transport Canada announced Aug. 3 that it would be proposing to amend the hours of service (HOS) regulations to mandate the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) by federally-regulated motor carriers and commercial vehicle drivers. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) said Transport Canada would launch a consultation process which should occur in early 2017 and … Continue reading Canadian ELD Mandate Could be in Place by Spring 2017

ATA Releases Latest Edition of American Trucking Trends

 The American Trucking Associations has released the latest edition of the leading almanac of trucking – ATA American Trucking Trends 2016 – showing the industry posted gains in employment, number of truck drivers and truck sales through 2015. “In many ways, 2015 was a good year for our industry, and Trends clearly demonstrates that,” said … Continue reading ATA Releases Latest Edition of American Trucking Trends

Speed Limiter Mandate Clears Final Hurdle, Set for Publication

A proposed federal rule to require the use of speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks has cleared its final hurdle in the regulatory process and will likely be published in the coming weeks. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget stamped its approval on the rule Aug. 12, according to the White House’s online rulemaking … Continue reading Speed Limiter Mandate Clears Final Hurdle, Set for Publication

FMCSA Seeking Feedback on Pilot Program for Under-21, Military-Trained Truckers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed Aug. 19 a FAST Act-stipulated pilot program that will allow some under-21 truckers to operate across state lines, so long as they have military experience driving large vehicles. Currently, under-21 CDL holders are restricted to intrastate driving. The agency is seeking public comment for 30 days, starting Monday, before … Continue reading FMCSA Seeking Feedback on Pilot Program for Under-21, Military-Trained Truckers

FMCSA Denies CVSA 30-Minute Rest Break Petition

On Aug. 8, 2016, FMCSA issued its response to CVSAs petition to amend Title 49 C.F.R. § 395.3, Maximum driving time for property-carrying vehicles., by striking § 395.3(a)(3)(ii) Rest breaks. FMCSA denied CVSA’s petition, based on a lack of data to support the contention that the rule is difficult to consistently enforce and creates an … Continue reading FMCSA Denies CVSA 30-Minute Rest Break Petition

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