Trucking Industry Awaits Final EOBR Rule

Highway stock photoThe trucking industry continues to await a final rule on electronic onboard recording (EOBR) devices—electronic devices that attach to a vehicle and record the amount of time a vehicle is being driven—from the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA). [Read more...]

FMCSA Receives Authority to Shut Down Carriers

Highway drivingThe Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has new authority to shut down motor carriers who display a pattern of egregious disregard for compliance with federal safety rules under a rule recently released. [Read more...]

Don’t Be Distracted While Driving

PrintStatistics show that drivers spend more than half their time texting, talking on the phone, conversing with passengers or engaging in other activities instead of doing what they should be: giving their full attention to driving. [Read more...]

Industry, Government Continue to Look at Truck Size and Weight

Highway photoFor years, the trucking industry has advocated for increased truck size and weight, and now the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is investigating the effect on safety and infrastructure if vehicle weights up to 97,000 pounds are allowed. [Read more...]

Fireworks and Rental Trucks Do Not Mix

Penske Truck Rental is ready and willing to help businesses with their truck rental needs – except when it comes to transporting fireworks.

“Due to the extremely volatile nature of fireworks, Penske does not allow them to be transported in the back of our trucks for the safety of our customers and other citizens,” said Dave Baptisti, Penske’s director of national consumer sales and programs. [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...]

Trucking Pilot Project Between Mexico and U.S. Underway

A pilot project between the United States and Mexico that grants Mexican motor carriers the right to operate beyond the 25-mile border zone is underway, marking the next step in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) cross-border long-haul trucking provisions. [Read more...]

Stay Current on Snow and Ice Removal Laws

As winter weather comes calling, drivers in certain regions of the country are bound to have snow and ice buildup on their vehicles. Not only can that snow and ice dislodge during transit, damaging vehicles or injuring drivers, it could also mean drivers can face state fines. [Read more...]

Fleets See EOBR Benefits

A growing number of fleets are turning to electronic on-board recorders (EOBR) to increase driver safety, and earlier this year the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a rule that would require nearly all interstate carriers to use EOBRs—electronic devices that attach to a vehicle and record the amount of time a vehicle is being driven. [Read more...]

DOT Aims to Increase Safety with Cell Phone Restrictions

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently reviewing comments on its proposed safety regulation that would prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using handheld cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle. 

FMCSA already bans text messaging for all drivers operating a commercial motor vehicle.  That rule took effect late last year, and in March DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a final rule banning texting for intrastate haulers carrying hazardous materials. [Read more...]