Regulations en Regulations: A boon to trucking? <div class="field-deck"> ELD mandate and other new rules might actually help trucking improve its pricing power, say industry observers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Could the <a href="">wide sweep</a> of current and proposed regulatory initiatives now blanketing trucking actually help the industry achieve <a href="">better long-term positioning</a> on freight rates?</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Thu, 26 May 2016 14:54:00 +0000 192481 at <p>Some characterize the recent regulatory push as &quot;a godsend&quot; as it restricts the supply of drivers and thus keeps trucking capacity tight. (<em>Photo by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> Bill with restart rollback, SFD block goes to full House <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The House Appropriations committee on Tuesday approved the fiscal year 2017 DOT funding bill. Policy riders that would roll back the hours of service restart rule to 2011, block continued work on a new safety fitness determination rule, and ensure uniform, federal labor rules for truckers all survived the expected opposition from some committee Democrats.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Wed, 25 May 2016 12:07:00 +0000 192341 at <p>The American Trucking&nbsp;Assns. credits Rep.&nbsp;Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), above, for his work &quot;addressing issues critical to the trucking industry&quot; in the House Appropriations committee&#39;s DOT funding bill.</p> Doing the math: CSA doomed, fitness proposal useless <div class="field-deck"> SFD rulemaking ‘a waste of time, money, effort,’ Vigillo CEO says </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>LITTLE ROCK. CSA will never reappear. The new carrier fitness proposal won’t see the light of day. And shippers and brokers will try to rely on raw BASIC data for carrier selection—but that’s like “children playing with dynamite,” or so Vigillo CEO Steve Bryan outlined in his “big data” presentation at the 2016 Arkansas Trucking Assn. Annual Business Conference here last week.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Mon, 23 May 2016 15:47:00 +0000 192181 at <p>Vigillo&#39;s analysis of the Safety Fitness Determination proposal shows that only 67 carriers will be identified as &#39;unfit&#39; under the data-driven system.</p> Vigillo Senate passes bill with restart cap, speed limiter deadline <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Despite objections from the White House and the Truck Safety Coalition, the Senate on Thursday easily approved an annual budget bill that contains a provision to address a problem with the hours of service restart language in last year’s bill. The legislation also includes an amendment that puts a six-month deadline on the proposed truck speed limiter mandate.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Fri, 20 May 2016 11:09:00 +0000 191991 at <p>Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx earlier this year assured senators the truck speed&nbsp;limiter proposal would be published in April. With the rulemaking still stalled, the Senate has included a six-month deadline in the DOT budget appropriation.</p> Restart fix, trucker pay, safety ratings addressed in House bill <div class="field-deck"> Opponents promise resistance to 'problematic policy riders' in funding plan </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>A House Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday easily approved a bill to fund the Dept. of Transportation for the coming year, but once again the annual appropriations package contains a handful of trucking provisions that are likely to prompt lively debate as the legislation moves forward.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Thu, 19 May 2016 12:37:00 +0000 191901 at <p>Rep. David Price (D-NC) says he will attempt to remove&nbsp;several &ldquo;problematic policy riders&quot; as the newly proposed transportation funding plan moves forward.</p> White House says 73-hour limit 'undermines safety' <div class="field-deck"> President would reject Senate's restart cap; new House version returns rule to 2011 </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The White House has threatened to veto the Senate’s plan to fund transportation and housing programs for the coming fiscal year, citing a broad array of concerns and including specifically the compromise language dealing with truck driver hours of service limits. Meanwhile, the House on Wednesday takes up a plan of its own that would undo the 2013 restart changes entirely, effectiveness study or no.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Tue, 17 May 2016 22:16:00 +0000 191801 at Fleet Owner Dozen: Rebecca Brewster <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 250px; height: 800px; margin: 10px; float: left;" />Rebecca Brewster is president and COO of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), which conducts transportation research. She received the 2013 Influential Woman in Trucking Award, given by the Women in Trucking Assn. and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Navistar</a></span>. In 2010, Brewster was recognized by the 50 state trucking associations for her service to the industry with the J.R. &ldquo;Bob&rdquo; Halladay Award.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Safety Wed, 11 May 2016 14:19:00 +0000 191341 at Abex expands range of RSD brake lining with new tractor option <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Federal-Mogul Motorparts has expanded its range of <a href="">Abex Reduced Stopping Distance</a> (RSD) certified commercial grade friction linings to include a 23,000-lb. tractor lining. The Abex RX 6297 lining is available through leading commercial vehicle parts distributors across North America.</p> <p>In testing conducted by an ISO-certified facility, using a tractor equipped with a 23,000-lb. drive axle and 14,600-lb. steer axle, the Abex RX 6297 lining delivered under loaded conditions a stopping distance of just 217 ft. at 60 mph.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Regulations Tue, 10 May 2016 13:57:00 +0000 191191 at J.J. Keller expands ELogs training tools <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>J.J. Keller has expanded its <a href=";ms=NTEzMDg1MzES1&amp;r=MTA4MzE1MDk4NjQyS0&amp;b=0&amp;j=OTIwNjA2MDMzS0&amp;mt=1&amp;rt=0">educational program offerings</a> with four interactive courses designed to help drivers understand the Encompass ELog system.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Technology Mon, 09 May 2016 14:24:00 +0000 191111 at Logging court hours <div class="field-deck"> Long-awaited ELD rule could get bogged down in litigation </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>We all know the phrase&mdash;maybe uttered as part of a joke or gag on someone, or maybe even sung&nbsp; while listening to our favorite &lsquo;80s music station (you know who you are!). &ldquo;So close, yet so far away&rdquo; are not just lyrics in a Hall and Oates song but a reference to where we stand as an industry that has waited for so long for a final rule on ELDs. I know I am dating myself when I say that I can even remember the time, which really was not too long ago, when we, as an industry, opposed ELDs and in our opposition to them, we called them EOBRDs.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Safety Silver Fri, 06 May 2016 17:54:00 +0000 190931 at