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Teens and Distracted Driving

By |April 6th, 2017|

Recent research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that from 2014 to 2015, the United States experienced the largest increase fatalities from car crashes in nearly 50 years. And, almost 9% of those fatalities were due to distracted driving, which is defined as “the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged […]

Creating a Corporate Distracted Driving Policy

By |April 6th, 2017|

In 2015, over 3,400 people were killed due to distracted driving. Any type of activity that takes a driver’s eyes off the road for any length of time is highly dangerous, and today, there are so many different ways to become distracted behind the wheel. Although many drivers report that they feel like they are […]

Inspectors Keying in on Cargo Securement During Nationwide Inspection Spree

By |March 20th, 2017|

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance confirmed Monday its annual International Roadcheck inspection blitz will be held June 6-8.

Inspectors this year will be placing an emphasis on cargo securement. While this is a normal part of CVSA’s Level I inspections, the organization says its inspectors will be highlighting cargo securement as a reminder to fleets and […]

Current 34-Hour Restart Regs to Stay Put Following Issuance of Long-Awaited FMCSA Report

By |March 8th, 2017|

Following more than two years of lingering uncertainty, the rules governing truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart are settled, following the issuance of a long-awaited report from the Department of Transportation. The study has not yet been made public, but a letter issued by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General confirms the report’s conclusions.

The […]

FMCSA Clarifies ELD Mandate’s ‘Grandfather’ Clause and Potential Issues With Non-Compliant ELDs

By |February 28th, 2017|

Administration last week issued new guidance on the use of older logging device  that, while lacking compliance with the agency’s electronic logging device stipulations, afford carriers two extra years — until December 2019 — to fully comply with the ELD mandate.

The agency also published last week clarification for carriers whose devices turn out to be […]

No Time Like the Present to Make Repairs

By |February 28th, 2017|

A commercial motor vehicle found to be in need of maintenance at a roadside inspection has few, but precise, options before resuming operation.

In the Code of Federal Regulations, §396.7(a) states that a vehicle shall not be operated if the vehicle’s present condition is likely to cause an accident or breakdown.  Yet, there is an exception […]

EEO is the Law Posting Penalty Increasing. New Fine Could Be $534

By |February 15th, 2017|

The penalty for failure to post the Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster will increase to $534 on March 2.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published the final rule relating to the penalty increase in the Federal Register on January 31. The $9 increase is required under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of […]

5 Trucking Takeaways From Trump’s First Two Weeks

By |February 8th, 2017|

A freshly inaugurated President Trump acted swiftly upon assuming the Oval Office to take broad strikes at federal regulation on private industry. Between those actions and other orders, Trump’s pen has received a workout — and the news cycle has been dizzying.

Here are the key trucking takeaways from Trump’s first two weeks in office.

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It’s About Grip, Not Slip – Police Driving in Adverse Weather Conditions

By |January 17th, 2017|

We have officially entered the dreaded “winter driving season”. As police officers, we are required to drive in all types of weather.  The conditions in which we drive during the winter months can range from perfectly dry roads to rain, snow, slush, ice or any combination thereof.  Here in Northern Ohio, the road conditions can […]

FMCSA, States Using New Investigative Techniques in Carriers’ On-site Compliance Reviews

By |January 17th, 2017|

The U.S. DOT is honing the techniques it uses to perform on-site compliance reviews of trucking companies by expanding the number of interviews performed with carrier employees and checking carriers’ social media accounts.

The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has in recent years found an appreciation for “Enhanced Investigative Techniques,” says compliance consultant Jeff Davis […]