December 2020: Driver Shortages, Fuel Cells, FMCSA Proposal, CDL Extensions End

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December 2020: Driver Shortages, Fuel Cells, FMCSA Proposal, CDL Extensions End

Every month in 2020 has brought the transportation industry significant change and December seems determined to end the year in that spirit. Driver shortages continue as we enter 2021, with ongoing demand but a significantly reduced workforce. Several factors contribute to this, from traditional issues of job conditions to more recent challenges due to the

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Top 3 Dangers of Low-Tech Tire Maintenance

            Major temperature changes wreak havoc on tires. For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, there’s a correlating decrease of 2-3 psi in truck tires. Improperly inflated tires can reduce fuel efficiency, affect truck performance, or even lead to a costly and dangerous blowout. Preventing expensive inefficiencies and accidents due

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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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4 Leading Truck Violations for Brake Hoses and Tubing

              The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) held its annual national Brake Safety Week this fall. Of the 34,320 trucks CVSA inspected, 13.5% received out of service violations. While brakes are just one element of typical inspections, they are one of the leading causes of accidents. Failing to inspect

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FMCSA Issues Proposal for More Flexible Hours of Service

            The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has finally issued their proposal relating to changes in the hours-of-service rules. During the comment period, the U.S. DOT agency received over 5200 comments. Based on that feedback, FMCSA is proposing the five following revisions: Amending the 30-minute break requirement. Current regulations

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What Fleets Need to Know About Food Hauling Rules

            Since September of 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires any trucking company hauling food for consumption (human and animal alike) to comply with the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule (STF). STF’s aim is to provide accountability for all steps of transporting food from farms

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