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…]

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…]

FMCSA Urges Truck Fleets to Choose GPS Systems Wisely

Freightliner_blueThe U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is reminding truck drivers and fleet operators to choose their GPS navigation systems carefully. Failing to select a GPS navigation unit designed for commercial vehicles can lead to serious safety concerns. [Read more…]

Government Eases CDL Requirements for Veterans

As the trucking industry works to attract new drivers, federal and state legislation is making it easier for veterans and active-duty members of the military to obtain their commercial driver’s license (CDL) and become professional drivers.

In late October, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012 into law, which allows states to issue a CDL to members of the armed forces in the state in which they are stationed, even if they are away from home. [Read more…]

Highway Law Funds Infrastructure, Mandates EOBRs

U.S. President Barack Obama signed the transportation reauthorization law, authorizing $105 billion in spending for highways and public transit over the next two years and government mandates intended to increase safety, such as mandatory electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) and the creation of a federal drug and alcohol clearinghouse. [Read more…]

New Regulations on Truck Driver Physicals Approaching

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is in the final stages of a new rule that will require truck drivers to have their physicals conducted by only medical professionals listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) – list of providers who have taken a federally mandated course and exam. [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…]

Safety Tip: Keep Out of the No-Zones Near Trucks

Penske wants you to share the road safely with trucks and other large vehicles. Passenger vehicles such as cars and SUVs should know that much like their own vehicles, large trucks have blind spots. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has dubbed blind spots on large vehicles as the ”No-Zones” and every passenger driver should know them. [Read more…]

New HOS Rule Keeps 11-Hour Driving Limits; Changes Re-Start Provisions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued its final hours-of-service (HOS) rule, decreasing a driver’s allowable work week and altering the restart provision. [Read more…]