- Old Pros Should Be Mentoring Young Drivers
In this world, everything seems to be a competition. Who is the biggest, the best and the fastest wins. We forget the value of qualities like wisdom and experience. And we certainly let too many opportunities for guidance and compliments go by. This is something that can change in our industry.
- 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.
- Five Fun Facts About Trucking and Truck Driving
It's always fun to talk about the fun and unique facts surrounding truckers and the truck driving industry. No matter how long you've been a truck driver, we'll bet there are some things you never knew. Read on and test your knowledge about your important job.
- What is Jason's Law and What Can Truckers Do to Help?
The lack of adequate, safe truck parking is a growing problem. States have been closing public rest areas to save money and truck stop parking is limited, leaving truckers to pull over on entrance and exit ramps and seek other alternatives when parking isn't available. According to research by the American Trucking Assns.
- HOS: Zero Hour Is Almost Upon Us
If you're still hanging on the hope the feds will delay implementing new truck driver hours of service regulations or have just procrastinated preparing for the change, it may be time to get a move on. As it stands now, drivers will need to be ready to comply in just a few short weeks.
- Truck Bashers: Who Are These Guys
With truck driver hours of service rules back in the courts you've most likely noticed an uptick in negative news reports about trucking in the general media stories warning of the dangers of killer truckers sharing the highways with hapless four-wheelers and putting everyone's lives at risk.
- Proposed Legislation To Add New Demands To Big Rig Upgrades
As if the new fuel efficiency and lower emission requirements due this year weren't enough, now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing a safety standard that requires all commercial trucks and buses be upgraded with electronic stability control (ESC).
- Hours of Service Regulations Final Rule Effective February 27
Hours of service regulations affect everyone involved in the trucking industry, including drivers, shippers and company owners. The U.S. Department of Transportation is constantly looking for ways to increase the safety of highways in the United States, so the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revised the hours of service requirements to reflect the latest research findings in regards to public safety.
- New Hours of Service Final Rule Offers New Challenges for Drivers
Currently, a driver may choose to reset his workweek clock to 70 hours simply by taking a voluntary 34-hour break, with no limit to how many such breaks a driver may take during a week.
- FMCSA and Cell Phone Restrictions
In this post we look at the FMCSA's approach to cell phone restriction proposals: Texting is subject to a nationwide ban under federal regulations; however moves are afoot to extend the ban to all use of cell phones within the cab while driving. With cell phones playing an ever increasingly important role in modern trucking operations, the rules are guaranteed to have serious ramifications for how truckers use cell phones within their day-to-day businesses.
- 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).
- Mandated Pay for Excess Detention Time for Truckers
Today, the premier online site to find trucks for sale, Trucker to Trucker looks at Peter DeFazio's Excess Detention Time Bill: A new bill has been introduced by Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) which aims to compel the US Department of Transportation to conduct studies into detention practices within the trucking industry. The bill acts as an adjunct to the proposals for the Hours of Service rules which are being promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA).
- Driver Fatigue Case and Fourth Amendment Trucker Rights Decided by Fed Judge
US District Judge Donovan Frank sitting in federal court in Minnesota ruled in favor of a trucker who had been pulled over and classified as "fatigued" by MN State Police. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) announced in a press release that he ruling was "historic" and a "major victory" for truckers and their rights.