Rand McNally just released the 2016 edition of its trucker’s atlas, the Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas. The printed atlas, first published in the early 1980s during the period of trucking deregulation, has served over-the-road professional drivers for more than 30 years, the company said.
“The Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas continues to be the trusted reference and essential back-up for commercial drivers. Even in this day of electronic in-cab navigation, the large printed format is the best tool to see the big picture and quickly access state and province restrictions,” said Stephen Fletcher, CEO. “We simplify drivers’ lives by cross referencing the atlas pages and content to the software on our award-winning IntelliRoute TND truck-specific GPS devices and the new TND Tablet.”
The Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas has been updated and released annually since the first 1982 edition. At that time, deregulation via the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 was in effect, which reduced barriers to entry, resulting in more professional drivers hitting the road.
With each new edition, Rand McNally upgrades the maps and content to keep drivers up-to-date on the road, the company said. The newest edition includes:
• Updated U.S. state and Canadian province maps;
• Revised “designated” highways showing the latest truck roadways as specified by the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA);
• Updated restricted routes, low clearances, and weigh station locations;
• A 22-page mileage directory with more than 40,000 truck-route-specific, city-to-city mileages;
• A review of Hazardous Materials Regulations;
• And fully updated state and province charts including more than 500 changes to truck-specific state contacts – such as operating authority contacts, emergency police, and vehicle registration. The section also includes road construction and conditions hotlines.
The Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas is available in paperback; in a spiral-bound, laminated deluxe version; and a large scale edition with maps that are 37% larger printed on laminated pages plus a tough spiral binding for stay-flat pages.