Penske Truck Rental Ahead of Schedule with LED Headlight Retrofit

Penske Truck Rental is ahead of schedule with its planned retrofitting of 5,000 commercial semi-tractors with cutting edge custom LED headlights from Truck-Lite, an initiative it announced in late November of 2012. Penske Truck Rental is the first company to offer these LED headlights. [Read more…]

FMCSA Moves Closer to Electronic On-Board Recorder Rule

Penske stock photo on-the-roadThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it is continuing to work toward an electronic on-board recorder (EOBR) rule, which was mandated in the most recent highway authorization bill, and expects to issue its initial rule in March. [Read more…]

Penske Installing Truck-Lite LED headlights on 5,000 Rental Semi-Trucks

Penske Truck Leasing is retrofitting 5,000 of its 2012 and 2013 semi-tractors currently within its commercial truck rental fleet with new, cutting-edge LED headlights from Truck-Lite. Penske is the first and only commercial truck rental operation to currently offer this innovative headlamp option within its fleet. [Read more…]

FMSCA to Change CSA Scoring in Cargo Securement and HAZMAT BASICS

The safety protocol Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) has been undergoing several changes since it was launched in 2010, and now carriers are getting a sneak peek of substantial changes to the Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS) of CSA that are slated to be publicly available in July.  [Read more…]

Using CSA Data to Your Advantage

It has been almost two years since the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched the new safety protocol Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA), but motor carriers and the third-party companies that hire those carriers are still working to better understand the program and decipher how it applies to them. [Read more…]

Tracking CSA Data and Top Violations

Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) program that calculates fleets’ safety scores and determines which fleets warrant intervention, was introduced nationwide earlier this year, and carriers are continuing to review their safety data and determine what inspectors are focusing on at roadside inspections. [Read more…]

Guest Editorial: Private vs. Dedicated Fleet? Top Shipper Considerations

Over the last few years, the combined forces of rising energy, equipment and commodity prices have created a strain on transportation budgets. Simply put, the costs of acquiring, fueling and operating a fleet continues to rise. Logistics managers face competing pressures to reduce internal costs, without sacrificing service levels required by value-conscious customers.

Not surprisingly, in-house fleets are under significant pressure to justify their effectiveness vs. available alternatives. Options generally include the increased use of common carriers or conversion from a private fleet to a dedicated contract carriage arrangement with a logistics provider. [Read more…]

Driver Shortage Remains a Top Concern

The availability of qualified truck drivers is always a long-term industry concern, but rebounding freight volumes in 2010 have brought the driver shortage issue back to the forefront and numbers continue to rise. 

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reported that the turnover rate for over-the-road truck drivers rose to 79 percent in the second quarter of 2011, the latest period for which figures are available. [Read more…]

Free CSA Resources Can Help Fleets Better Understand the Program

While much has been written about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program there is still a great deal of information that fleet owners, fleet managers and commercial drivers need to know and understand.  Fortunately, the CSA website provides some very robust information that can help you. [Read more…]

Fuel Costs, Regulatory Impacts and Economy Create Concern for Truck Capacity

Industry experts continue to predict that truck capacity will tighten.  This is due in large part to economic growth combined with industry-specific regulations like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program, new hours-of-service (HOS) rules, and escalating fuel costs. [Read more…]