How Is Pandemic Idling Complicating Truck Maintenance?

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How Is Pandemic Idling Complicating Truck Maintenance?

Many trucking companies saw a dramatic downswing in maintenance costs for CY-2020 compared to the previous year. Stay-at-home orders halted all non-essential drivers, which left many commercial vehicles sitting unused for long stretches of time. However, underutilized vehicles are creating new maintenance headaches for fleets. New Problems for Idle Trucks The most common issues for

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FMCSA Extends COVID-19 Exemptions in the Wake of Delta

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced an extension of the COVID-19 emergency exemptions for truck drivers in light of the Delta variant. FMCSA first issued the exemptions in March of 2020 following the declaration of the pandemic as a national emergency. The exemptions underwent several edits and modifications to keep pace with the shifting

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6 Truck Driver Assistance Technologies That Save Lives

              Many newer model trucks come equipped with certain driver assistance technology, such as lane departure warnings. The goal of these systems is to reduce accidents, injuries, and fatalities on the road. Given that human error causes many crashes, driver assistance technology helps address this issue. Lane departure warnings.

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CVSA 2021 Operation Safe Driver Week: July 11-17

This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week is scheduled for July 11-17. Law enforcement will be paying particular attention to commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in risky driving behaviors. Data suggests that traffic stops and interactions with law enforcement help reduce problematic driving behaviors. This year there will be special emphasis on

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Truckers Can Help End Human Trafficking

Most professional truck drivers obey the law and have a code of ethics. But it’s important not to overlook the darker side of the transportation industry. Slavery and human trafficking continue to exist. There are over 40 million slaves today across the globe. The number of victims in the US alone is estimated in the

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New CVSA Video – Technology and the Future of Commercial Vehicle Safety

              The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) released a video regarding the future of commercial vehicle safety and the role technology will play. The video details the safety challenges the trucking industry is grappling with as well as solutions to those difficulties—namely in the form of technological advancements. The

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How COVID-19 Is Affecting Trucking Regulations and Inspections

              The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued several exemptions as part of its emergency declaration in response to COVID-19. Many of those exemptions received several extensions well beyond their original expiration date because of COVID-19’s continuing status as a national emergency. However, not every exemption remained in

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FMCSA Expands Coronavirus HOS Exemptions

On March 18, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) expanded existing exemptions to further aid emergency relief efforts as the nation grapples with supply shortages. Fleets and commercial vehicles providing direct assistance in emergency relief support efforts benefit from the expanded exemptions. Examples of emergency relief support include: Delivering medical tools and supplies to

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FMCSA Issues National Emergency Declaration for HOS Relief

The DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a national emergency declaration to provide HOS relief (hours-of-service regulatory relief) to commercial vehicle drivers who are transporting emergency relief in response to the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19). FMCSA’s declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting

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