What Are the 4 Vehicle Categories that Require a CDL to Operate?

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What Are the 4 Vehicle Categories that Require a CDL to Operate?

Many people erroneously assume that the only people who need commercial driver licenses (CDLs) are those who drive large buses or tractor-trailers. Businesses need to familiarize themselves with the nuances of CDL requirements to avoid costly fines. Frequently, the weight of the vehicle dictates whether the driver needs a CDL. However, several other vehicle categories

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3 CDLs That Require Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT)

The FMCSA completed the last step of its initiative to implement new training standards for entry-level truck drivers seeking a CDL. FMCSA designed the Training Provider Registry to improve roadway safety, an online database of registered instructors that meet federal training requirements. The database also includes a compilation of all entry-level truck drivers who have

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What Truckers Need to Know About New Distracted Driving Laws

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of collisions in the trucking industry. Most people think of distracted driving as talking on the phone, texting, eating, and drinking. While these qualify as distractions, other seemingly benign behaviors can divert a truck driver’s attention from the road. Using a GPS, chatting with passengers, adjusting

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How to Protect Your Fleet from New COVID Trends

The pandemic changed how trucking companies conduct business. Some of these changes are obvious, such as wearing masks, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning protocols. However, COVID has influenced the trucking industry in several unanticipated ways. Here are the COVID-driven trends affecting fleet operations: Vehicle Shortages and Increased Repair Costs All industries are feeling the sting

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What Fleets Need to Know About CVSA’s 2022 International Roadcheck

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducts a 72-hour commercial motor vehicle (CMV) inspection every year. The goal is to inspect vehicles, enforce regulatory compliance, and educate commercial drivers about driver and vehicle safety. The International Roadcheck is the largest program of its kind. Enforcement officials inspected over 40,000 CMVs during the 2021 roadcheck. CVSA

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Motor Carriers and the COVID Vaccine Mandate

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated guidelines regarding President Biden’s COVID-19 mandate for businesses. The directive requires all private sector businesses with 100 employees or more to establish vaccination requirements by January 4, 2022 or require weekly COVID testing for unvaccinated employees. OSHA’s emergency temporary standard (ETS) provides details on how companies

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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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Post-COVID Trucking Maintenance Trends Affecting Your Fleet

The trucking industry experienced a notable decrease in maintenance costs during 2020. COVID forced many people to work from home and side-lined most fleets that didn’t qualify as essential in the early months of the pandemic. As COVID restrictions ease and the economy recovers, trucking companies need to be aware of the following maintenance trends:

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5 Data Trends Transforming Trucking Fleets

Connected fleets, intelligent fleets, and data-driven fleets are buzzwords that underscore the transformative effect of technology on the modern trucking industry. Fleets have been able to harness data to improve safety, efficiency, and more. With connected vehicles and burgeoning technology, the trucking industry is poised to make an evolutionary leap. The following are some of

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8 Things Your Fleet Needs to Know About Operation Safe Driver Week

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will hold its annual Operation Safe Driver Week from July 11-17, 2021. The one-week enforcement and educational event is part of CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver program, and this year’s event will focus on speeding. The event highlights unsafe driving behaviors in an attempt to reduce the number of highway

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