Regulations en Request granted: CRST permit holders given team driver status <div class="field-deck"> Recent CLP recipients may truck home with CDL holder in the bunk </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>FMCSA has granted CRST Expedited an exemption from the provision in the federal code that requires a commercial learner’s permit holder to always be accompanied by a CDL holder in the front seat during behind-the-wheel training on public roads. CRST had requested that the accompanying CDL holder have the option of being in the sleeper portion of the cab while the trainee is driving. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:18:00 +0000 201431 at <p>The exemption enables CLP holders to drive as part of a team and have the same regulatory flexibility as CRST team drivers with CDLs. (<em>Photo by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> FMCSA clears way for windshield-mounted safety devices <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Noting that modern safety technologies such as video event recorders, lane departure warning system sensors, and forward collision warning and mitigation systems did not exist when the rules to keep truck windshields clear of obstructions were last amended, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a final rule to amend the safety regulations (FMCSRs) to allow their voluntary mounting, including placement within the area that is swept by the windshield wipers.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Technology Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:42:00 +0000 201361 at FMCSA addresses ELD self-certification, transition questions <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>LITTLE ROCK. Might the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration delay the implementation of ELDs? How can ELD makers self-certify when FMCSA still hasn’t finalized a key feature of the system? How will FMCSA verify that ELDs are compliant? Will truck drivers just find new ways to get around HOS limits after ELDs are required?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:31:00 +0000 201131 at <p>Bill Quade, FMCSA associate administrator for enforcement and program delivery, takes questions about the ELD rule at the CVSA&nbsp;&nbsp;Annual Conference.</p> Small carriers slow to adopt ELDs, survey finds <div class="field-deck"> Drivers leaving, capacity expected to fall—but estimates vary </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Confirming some common assumptions, a new survey says that small fleets have been slow to implement electronic logs, that the coming electronic logging device (ELD) mandate will impact utilization (though no one is sure by how much) and, critically, drivers are leaving the industry because of e-logs. On the plus side, e-logs have reduced logging and HOS violations, and carriers do anticipate some operational benefits from ELDs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000 200811 at <p>While more than half of the fleets in the Transplace survey reported they have already adopted electronic logs, there is a significant gap in adoption rates between large and small carriers.</p> Transplace Trucking will continue to face many challenges <div class="field-deck"> Lower productivity due to regulations, higher equipment costs, and sluggish freight volumes are just some of the many issues ahead. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>INDIANAPOLIS. There will be no shortage of challenges ahead for the trucking industry over the next few years, according to comments made by motor carrier executives and analysts gathered here at research firm FTR&rsquo;s <a href="">annual transportation conference</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:32:00 +0000 200801 at <p>No&euml;l Perry, an <a href="">FTR</a> partner and its resident trucking expert, warned motor carriers &quot;not to bet the farm on growth.&quot; (<em>Photo by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> DTNA: Lead time, flexibility key to Phase 2 success <div class="field-deck"> Yet OEM notes traffic congestion will consume the same amount of fuel in one year as Phase 2 GHG rules will save over a decade. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>INDIANAPOLIS. The long lead time and &ldquo;flexibility&rdquo; built into the <a href="">Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations</a> make them, in the end, &ldquo;good rules,&rdquo; at least in the eyes of <a href="">Daimler Trucks North America</a> (DTNA).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Regulations Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:36:00 +0000 200681 at <p>DTNA&#39;s Sean Waters said the OEM is petitioning NHTSA to eliminate side view mirrors requirements for Class 8 trucks in order to boost fuel economy. (<em>Photo by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> ATA, OOIDA ask for more time on speed limiters <div class="field-deck"> Trucking groups cite NPRM's complexity, 'significant' impact </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The two largest trucking trade associations each have asked the Dept. of Transportation for more time to study the recently published truck speed limiter proposal, citing the rule’s complexity, changing industry dynamics, and the “significant” impact of such a regulation.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Technology Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:09:00 +0000 200661 at And then there were 10: Why self-certify ELDs now? <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>FMCSA reminded affected carriers and truck drivers last week of the upcoming deadline to start using ELDs, pointing to the list of self-certified products. Are these products really compliant?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Technology Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:44:00 +0000 200341 at <p>Last Friday, FMCSA reminded affected motor carriers and commercial truck drivers of the upcoming deadline to be using ELDs and pointed them to the current <a href="" target="_blank">list of self-certified ELD products</a>; as of Fri., Sept. 9, there are 10 products on that list.</p> Speed limiter rule now open for comment <div class="field-deck"> 60? 65? 68? DOT will accept public input for two months </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>It’s official: The Dept. of Transportation’s proposed speed limiter requirement for trucks was published in the Federal Register Wednesday, opening a two-month comment period.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Technology Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:18:00 +0000 200231 at Vocational Profile: Heating up <div class="field-deck"> NFI positioned to handle demands of temp-controlled services </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>&ldquo;It takes the pain out of the supply chain,&rdquo; Don Aiken says. What the senior vice president of intermodal at NFI is referring to is intermodal freight hauling and, in particular, temperature-controlled intermodal services, a market that has been expanding.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Fleet Management News Regulations Silver Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:21:00 +0000 200111 at