Posts Categorized: Industry News

Trucking Makes Montana Holidays Possible

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Written by: Barry Stang Dining room tables set for a family feast. Storefront displays brimming with gifts to exchange with loved ones. Communities and friends joining together for holiday traditions. Bright lights on downtown trees and wreaths on doors. These are just some of the images I think about when the holiday season is upon… Read more »

CVSA Releases 2016 Brake Safety Week Results

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Commercial motor vehicle enforcement members of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducted 18,385 CMV and brake system inspections during Brake Safety Week, Sept. 11-17, 2016. Inspectors reported 13.2% of inspections with out-of-service brake violations and 14.8% of inspections with non-brake related out-of-service violations, each inclusive of some with violations in both categories. During the week-long… Read more »

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule Leaves OMB

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) received its final rule for DOT Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse back from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on October 31, 2016. The rule, “Commercial Drivers’ License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (MAP-21).” Has been under OMB’s review since May 20,2016. This rulemaking, according to the… Read more »

ELD Mandate Upheld

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After hearing oral arguments September 13, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals voted unanimously yesterday, October 31, to uphold the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) final rule mandating electronic logging devices or ELDs in commercial trucks. The rule will now go into effect on December 18, 2017. The decision does not change the rule’s… Read more »

FMCSA Issues Safety Advisory For Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a safety advisory this week regarding the recently –recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phone and its lithium-ion batteries. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the lithium- ion battery in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7s can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn and… Read more »

CVSA’s 2016 Roadcheck Results

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Commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout North America conducted driver and vehicle safety inspections on large trucks and buses during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck, June 7-9, 2016. International Roadcheck is a three-day event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle… Read more »

Zombies And Trucking And a Video Game? Oh, My!

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Fleet management systems company Omnitracs unveiled a Halloween-timely PR effort in the form of an online game called Zombie Dispatch. And while it’s meant to be for fun, there are serious undertones. Sure, a zombie apocalypse is the stuff of popular fiction. But real emergencies such as the extensive flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew can… Read more »

FMSCA Eases Requirments On Military Personnel Looking To Obtain A CDL

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces a final rule (Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0051) on Oct. 12 that simplifies the process of obtaining a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) for current and former military personnel. Military members who drove commercial vehicles (CMV) in the service will now have a full year… Read more »

Operation Safe Driver Week Oct 16-22

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver week will begin this Sunday on October 16 and run through Saturday, October 22. Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at combating unsafe driving behaviors by commercial and passenger vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s… Read more »