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As part of ELD mandate, FMCSA begins registration process for e-log manufacturers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has started the process of registering FMCSA-approved electronic logging devices in preparation for its upcoming ELD mandate, which likely will begin sometime in 2017. The agency says it will maintain a ...

Cargo thieves honing in on high-value loads, says latest cargo theft update

The average loss value per cargo theft incident in the third quarter of 2014 jumped 100 percent from 2013’s third quarter $321,521, while the number of thefts fell, according to the quarterly cargo theft trends ...

MCSAC: Data quality on Mexican carriers is suspect, carriers now allowed to operate in U.S.

The three-year cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico yielded insufficient data to truly analyze the safety of Mexican carriers’ long-haul trucking operations in the U.S., concluded an FMCSA advisory committee Oct. 28. The report, approved by ...

FMCSA advisory committee on insurance rule: Consider smaller carriers, no number set

Members of the FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee spent the morning of their second day of meetings this week debating the agency’s work in raising the minimum amount of liability insurance that carriers must ...

FMCSA to study split-sleeper berth options, agency rep says

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to study hours-of-service flexibility relative to drivers’ ability to split their sleeper berth time, said an FMCSA rep Oct. 27. Speaking at this week’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, ...

CCJ Photo Gallery: Trucks old and new with Peterbilt in Denton, Texas

I visited Peterbilt's global headquarters in Denton, TX, last week to take a sneak-peek at some new trucks and get an exclusive test drive of the company's new Model 579 EPIQ tractor. Here's a gallery ...

Annual fleet ‘checkup’ details trucking equipment trends, operational concerns

Graphics: CK Commercial Vehicle Research The overview shouldn’t surprise anyone in the trucking: Fleets will be less aggressive in purchasing new equipment next year as the driver shortage continues to hamper capacity growth, according to the 2014 ...

CARB set to enforce aero add-on rule for 2011-2013 trucks and trailers

California’s Air Resources Board issued regulatory guidance this week saying the state is cleared to enforce elements of its emissions regulations that require truck and trailer owners to install aerodynamic add-on devices and use certain ...

CCJ Innovator: U.S. Xpress creates mobile apps to improve lifestyle of drivers

More than 70 percent of truck drivers today own smartphones, tablets and wireless subscriptions. This widespread connectivity among drivers as well as office employees creates many opportunities for transportation companies to mobilize their information systems. In ...

Hauling Ebola: Dallas hazmat clean-up team’s story of transporting hospital’s waste

The “Cleaning Guys” have a new line item to add to their list of hauled contaminants: The Ebola virus. The Texas-based hazmat haulers and clean-up response service was on the front lines of the clean-up efforts ...

Emergency hours-of-service exemptions finalized as agency amends federal rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finalized changes to federal safety regulations that will allow certain state-issued emergency declarations to supersede federal hours-of-service regulations. The agency’s regulatory amendment — which is scheduled to be published ...

ATA Driver Compensation Study to offer benchmarks on pay, bonuses, benefits

Graphics: AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS How does your fleet’s pay stack up against others in your segment? American Trucking Associations will offer a benchmarking tool to let carriers knew exactly where they stand with the upcoming release of ...

Poll shows 80 percent of public support current HOS limits; questions ‘misleading,’ say truckers

A new poll being touted by highway safety groups and the Teamsters Union shows Americans “overwhelmingly” oppose legislation that would roll back some of last year’s changes to the hours-of-service rule, but trucking industry representatives ...

Ebola and trucking: DOT issues waste-hauling guidance, gives special permit to carrier

As public concern over a second U.S. health care worker’s contraction of Ebola grows and media coverage intensifies, the Department of Transportation has issued guidance on the transport of Ebola-tainted waste. The department’s Pipeline and Hazardous ...

Video evidence: the next wave of driver scoring

Using technology to score drivers started the moment the automobile replaced the horse-drawn wagon. By the early 1920s many fleets were using mechanical devices to record time and miles and compare drivers' performance with route ...