Category Archives: safety

Regulatory actions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has recently taken a couple of actions of interest. First,FMCSA proposes to amend its rulemaking procedures by revising the process for preparing and adopting rules, petitions, and direct final rules. Also, the Agency adds … Continue reading

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Finally, a Final rule

Entry Level Driver Training After several delays, FMCSA has finally published the Final rule on Entry Level Driver Training. All training providers and jurisdictions must comply with the rule prior to February 7, 2020. This is a major accomplishment since leaders … Continue reading

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Trucking Tips For Novice Drivers

Trucking Tips For Novice Drivers Guest post by Larry Labelle As an inexperienced truck driver, you are probably still learning a lot about the industry. In addition to all the necessary rules of the road, there’s a lot you need to … Continue reading

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APUs and weight limits

APUs and Weight Limits a guest post by Robert Hall APUs (Auxiliary Power Units) are used by many truck drivers to help limit fuel use since they reduce the need for trucks to run their engines on idle while parked. … Continue reading

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Speed limiter proposed

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are proposing regulations that would require vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) to be equipped with a speed limiting device … Continue reading

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Federal regulatory developments

A federal regulatory proposal and an amendment could effect you. As required by section 5404 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposes a pilot program to allow a limited number of individuals between … Continue reading

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Inspect that vehicle

You know you should inspect your vehicle before, during, and after a trip, and to conduct annual inspections. Not only is this required by law, it’s important for your safety and the safety of those with whom you share the … Continue reading

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Fasten your safety belt

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a correction to an error in its June 7, 2016, final rule “Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicles: Use of Seat Belts.” The amendatory language in the final rule inadvertently limited the applicability of the requirement … Continue reading

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Minimum training standards proposed

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposes new training standards for certain individuals: applying for their initial commercial driver’s license (CDL); an upgrade of their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL … Continue reading

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FMCSA Update

With three months left in 2015, FMCSA Acting Administrator T.F. Scott Darling, III shared this update on the agency’s top five priority initiatives for the year: “Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) FMCSA is in the final stages of publishing a Proposed Rule … Continue reading

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