- DOT Says Truckers Don't Need to Do Daily Paperwork as of Mid December 2014
Tired of filling out paperwork when you have no changes to report on your DVIR (Daily Vehicle Inspection Report)? Well, apparently the U.S. D.O.T. is also tired of reading them – so as of December 2014, if you have no mechanical or safety issues to report, fuh-get about it.
- Trailer Tails and Moose Bumpers, What's Next?
The moment of inertia for a fully-loaded tractor-trailer is nothing compared to the difficulty encountered when trying to pass much needed changes to trucking industry regulations. Senseless regulatory differences between the United States and Canada further complicate the lives of truckers and interfere with their ability to make a decent living.
- MPG - What's In Store for 2018 and Beyond for Trucks?
With heavy-duty trucks and buses producing an estimated 20 percent of greenhouse gases in the United States each year, it is understandable that any regulations to reduce America's dependence on fossil fuels and lower the resulting emissions are going to target the efficiency of long-haul tractor-trailers.
- 'Big Brother' On Board?
Black boxes, electronic logging devices (ELDs), electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs), whatever you choose to call them, have long been a controversial issue in the trucking industry with most drivers considering having one the equivalent of having Big Brother onboard.
- Looking at Lawsuits Regarding Mexican Trucks on U.S. Highways
On July 7, 2011, a North American Free Trade Agreement was signed, with little public notice, to allow Mexican trucking companies to haul products on U.S. soil. This agreement is for a period of three years and is related to a proposal presented in 2009.
- Rising Cost of Fuel Drawing Fire from Industry Leaders
Bill Graves, the CEO and President of the American Trucking Association, told members of the House Natural Resources Committee on March 31, 2011, that in order to allow affordable diesel fuel to the trucking industry, policymakers would have to step up.
- OOIDA Attacks US Mexico Cross Border Trucking Deal
The Owner Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) vehemently opposes the cross border trucking deal which will now see Mexican operators and trucks on America's highways. President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon have announced that a cross border trucking deal is now 'imminent'.
- Intra State Hazmat Haulers Face Texting Ban
There is a federal ban for all interstate truckers from driving and texting, however federal rules apply only to interstate commerce. Or truckers driving solely within a state, federal rules do not apply, however states are promulgating their own rules (which we reported on earlier this month).
- Long Term Road Authorization Serious in Washington DC
Earlier this week both the House and Senate held hearings, with Ray LaHood, US Transportation Secretary claiming it was his intention to have the bill passed into law by August 2011. This follows on from President Obama's State of the Union address where he made it clear that there is a need for affirmative action in dealing with America's long-term transportation strategy.