Regulations en If the Cubs can win the Series... <div class="field-deck"> ... and do the impossible, why can’t RFID tech follow? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>When I was a young technician working in the family tire dealership many moons ago, I would always find excuses to go into the main office when the Chicago Cubs were playing at home. Games started at 1:20 pm, so I was able to watch the games on the TV in&nbsp; the waiting room most afternoons during the season. Although this didn&rsquo;t do much for my productivity, it did a lot for my morale when they won. As the poster children for futility and coming up short over the past 108 years, the Cubbies have been the butt of many jokes for as long as I can remember.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Regulations Silver Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:37:00 +0000 207221 at Who’s driving the limit? <div class="field-deck"> Enforce speed limits effectively before you cap only trucks </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Listening to truck drivers&rsquo; responses and concerns since the U.S. Dept. of Transportation proposed mandatory speed limiters on all new heavy trucks, something pretty obvious occurred to me: None of us is driving the speed limit.</p> <p>Even the cool-minded, sensible ones know you can do a good 5 to 7, maybe 10 mph over and not worry about getting a ticket. And that&rsquo;s pretty tame. When someone jokes that they&rsquo;ve &ldquo;got a bit of a lead foot,&rdquo; we smirk. We brag about this and openly flout speed limits, which you can argue are often set very conservatively.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Safety Silver Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:43:00 +0000 207151 at Changing with the trucks <div class="field-deck"> Autonomous trucks’ impact will be deep, unexpected </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>I&rsquo;ve said it before&mdash;autonomous trucks are the flying cars of our age. Whether they&rsquo;re crossing the Hoover Dam to a thunderous soundtrack or delivering beer across the Rockies, the national press just can&rsquo;t get enough of them even if it doesn&rsquo;t really understand the complexities. Unlike flying cars, though, we&rsquo;re going to see self-driving trucks in one form or another in the not-too-distant future.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Silver Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:39:00 +0000 207141 at Trucking group lauds 34-hour restart ‘fix’ <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The American Trucking Assns. is lauding a congressional &ldquo;fix&rdquo; to the 34-hour restart rule. The hours-of-service issue is one of a number of items included in a Continuing Resolution that would keep the federal government operating past Friday, when current funding expires.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Safety Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:01:00 +0000 207131 at FMCSA ditches minimum hours requirement in final driver training rule <div class="field-deck"> Agency opts for “proficiency” standard for both knowledge and behind-the-wheel training </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>New drivers to the trucking industry seeking to obtain a commercial driver&rsquo;s license (CDL) will be required to show proficiency in both knowledge training and behind-the-wheel training on public roads under the new <a href="">entry-level driver training final rule</a> to be published tomorrow by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation&rsquo;s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Safety Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:14:00 +0000 207121 at <p>The final rule issued by FMCSA does not include a minimum number of hours of behind-the-wheel training.</p> Thinkstock Truck speed: Finding the ‘sweet spot’ <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Though the public comment period on the <a href="" target="_blank">truck speed limiter proposal closes today</a>, many fleets have been limiting their vehicle speeds for years for both safety and fuel economy reasons. Schneider is one of them. And the carrier said it believes it has found its sweet spot.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Driver Management Resource Center News Regulations Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:19:00 +0000 207071 at <p>Schneider has upped its maximum cruise control speed to 63 mph from 60 mph on all solo van truckload, tanker and dedicated tractors equipped with collision mitigation technology.</p> Time running out for speed limiter comments <div class="field-deck"> Trucking interests not supportive of proposal, point to range of flaws </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The month-long extension is about up, so anyone who’d like to share his or her thoughts on the proposed speed limiter mandate for heavy-duty trucks has to hurry to file formal comments by the Dec. 7 deadline—adding to the current of collection of more than 4,000 opinions from truck drivers, trade associations, and safety groups.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Safety Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:08:00 +0000 207031 at Thinkstock ATA hires vice president of safety policy & connectivity <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">American Trucking Assns.</a> President and CEO Chris Spear announced the group hired Michael Cammisa as ATA&rsquo;s new vice president of safety policy and connectivity.</p> <p>&ldquo;Mike has decades of experience as a leader in highway and vehicle safety,&rdquo; Spear said. &ldquo;His understanding of the emerging issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, the regulatory process and his connections within the safety community will be invaluable to ATA and its members and we are pleased to have him join our team.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:35:00 +0000 206921 at FMCSA posts clearinghouse rule <div class="field-deck"> 30-day effective date would clear Trump moratorium on new regs </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Four years after Congress called for a national clearinghouse of truck driver drug and alcohol violations, the FMCSA on Monday will publish the final rule that establishes the database. The purpose of the central repository is to prevent CDL holders with positive test results from moving to different states where the records would not follow them.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Driver Management Resource Center Fleet Management News Regulations Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:15:00 +0000 206841 at <p>Jack Van&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Steenburg">Steenburg</span>, chief safety officer and assistant administrator for&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="FMCSA">FMCSA</span>, recently characterized the national drug and alcohol test database as &ldquo;a winner for the industry.&rdquo;</p> Thinkstock FMCSA develops VA-based medical examiner plan <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to make it easier for former military personnel to get their DOT physicals.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Driver Management Resource Center Fleet Management News Regulations Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:59:00 +0000 206641 at