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Financial Penalty for Missed Appointment, Late Arrival by Trucker?

In response to a report about truckers getting a fine or financial penalty for late arrival, we address key issues and make a prediction about the trucking industry.

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Hours rule flaws: Study finds fault in FMCSA research, calls for review of rule

The research used by FMCSA to justify its hours of service rule is seriously flawed and calls into question the entirety of the rule itself, said the American Transportation Research Institute in a study released this week.

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If owner-operators drive for a trucking company that uses EOBRs, will they be forced to have one in their trucks?

Contributing article: http://bit.ly/1nF8PK5

FMCSA: Current insurance minimums for carriers ‘inadequate,’ new rule coming

The current $750,000 minimum liability insurance required to be held by carriers is too low, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week, and the agency plans to create a rule upping that minimum.

In an agency report to Congress released this week, FMCSA concludes that the $750,000 liability limit set in 1985 does not “adequately cover catastrophic crashes” today, due chiefly to inflation and increased medical costs, the agency says.

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Scam alert: Fake recruiter asking driver trainees for money

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association relayed the following bulletin April 21: A scammer posing as a recruiter from Knight Transportation is getting names and numbers from driving schools and then is contacting drivers to offer them a trainer if they wire him $200.

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Diesel Rises 1.9¢ to $3.971 in First Gain in Six Weeks; Gasoline Continues to Climb

Diesel rose 1.9 cents to $3.971 a gallon, its first increase in six weeks, while gasoline rose for the 11th straight week, the Department of Energy reported.

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Trucking’s main fuel is 8.4 cents higher than the same week last year ...

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ATRI Criticizes FMCSA’s Defense of 34-Hour HOS Restart Provision

The American Transportation Research Institute issued a technical memorandum criticizing a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that endorsed the agency’s new restart provision of hours of service that took effect in July.

ATRI’s report, released April 22, was prepared in response to an FMCSA document released in January that said the HOS rule’s new restart section — which mandates a 34-hour weekend that would include time off from 1 to 5 a.m. on two consecutive days — to be effective and useful in combating driver fatigue.

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ATRI says FMCSA's HOS Field Study Report is flawed

The news release states (in part), MAP-21 required that the field study be “representative of the drivers and motor carriers regulated by the hours of

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E-log mandate to push droves of drivers from trucking?

Could the implementation of the electronic logging device mandate cause huge numbers of drivers to simply bow out and leave the industry out of frustration with perceived overregulation?

According to results from a recent survey done by CCJ publisher Randall-Reilly, a big chunk of drivers are threatening to leave the industry if the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed ELD mandate comes to fruition, which could be as early as 2016.

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PrePass truck bypass service added to 2 Texas weigh stations

The PrePass weigh station bypass service is now operating at two new Texas weigh stations. The service, which offers e-screening and pre-clearance to commercial vehicles, is now being used at weigh stations on both the northbound and southbound of I-35, approximately five miles south of Devine, TX.

Offered by HELP Inc., the non-profit public/private partnership, PrePass is also operational at three additional sites, located at New Waverly northbound I-45 and Riviera northbound and southbound on US-77. Last year, the service provided significant benefits to the 60,569 trucks that successfully bypassed. More than 5,000 hours were saved, representing $24,228 in fuel savings and $525,799 in operational cost savings, HELP said.

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Truck driver jailed and banned from driving for causing cyclist's death

[Singapore] A tipper truck driver was jailed for eight months and banned from driving for seven years on Monday for causing a death by driving dangerously.

Tay Peng Chay, 61, admitted causing the death of cyclist Selamat Mokthiri, 57, when he made an illegal left turn at a T-junction, causing his vehicle to hit the bicycle leading to the cyclist's death. The accident happened at the signalised junction of Brickland Road and Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3 on May 2 last year at about 12.10pm.

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Have you noticed any area of the world where the move to switch off street lights to save money has led to a big rise in serious injuries and fatalities?

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Truck driver in crash that killed Lowell couple says defendant’s car ‘came out of nowhere'

... Walton was challenged by defense attorney Mark Dodge about whether he was paying attention at the time of the crash and looked before he proceeded through the light.

"Sir, I am a very thorough driver," Walton told Dodge. "I understand what you're trying to do, but that young man came out of nowhere."

Walton admitted that he failed a drug test administered by his employer when a “minute amount” of marijuana was found in his system. Walton claimed the marijuana was the result of a friend pranking him two weeks prior to the crash.

Walton said the friend gave him marijuana extract in candy form when Walton was suffering a diabetic incident and that was why the marijuana showed up. Walton said he was not high at the time of the crash. His judgment and driving ability were not impacted at the time of the crash, he said.

"Sir, I was not under the influence of anything,” Walton told Dodge.

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Trucking Company Faces Nearly $1 Million In Fines Over Oilfield Waste Dumping

A Wyoming-based trucking company is facing possible fines of more than $1 million for alleged illegally dumping of saltwater on a road, while criminal charges have been filed against the driver.

Black Hills Trucking, Casper, Wyo, is alleged to have violated multiple environmental sections of North Dakota law by allowing the oil drilling waste to flow directly on the ground, by improperly disposing of fluid and by failing to have a proper license to haul waste.

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FMCSA to Congress: Raise insurance minimums for truck crashes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has reported to Congress that current financial responsibility minimums for the commercial motor vehicle industry are inadequate to meet the costs of some crashes and the agency says it will initiate a rulemaking to raise the limit higher than the current $750,000.

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Will Old Dominion's freight rate increase also increase their truckers' pay?

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DOT to give truck size and weight increase update on May 6

The Federal Highway Administration will be holding an open-to-the-public webinar May 6 to provide an update on the MAP-21 required study on truck size and weight limits, the agency announced April 15 in the Federal Register.

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Average Diesel Cost Falls for Fifth Straight Week

The average price of diesel has moved lower for the fifth straight week and is at it lowest level in just over two months, but gasoline has posted its 10th consecutive hike.

A new U.S. Energy Department report shows a drop of 0.7 cent for diesel from last week to $3.952 per gallon. Over the past four-weeks it is down 7 cents but is one cent higher than the same time a year ago.

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Railroad Crossing Accident Prevention for Semi Tractor Trailers

Drivers of semi tractor trailers can prevent being involved in a railroad crossing accident. Here's how...

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Things only humans can do

Are there things only humans can do? An April 12, 2014 article on AutoEvolution.com entitled Toyota Replacing Some Factory Robots With Humans To Increase

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Omnitracs to release real-time MPG, tire alerts on MCP platform

Omnitracs, a provider of fleet management systems to transportation and logistics companies, announced the upcoming availability of MPG performance information on the its Mobile Computing Platform 110 (MCP110) and 200 (MCP200) user interface. With this enhancement, MPG performance feedback will be delivered directly to the driver via the in-cab unit.

“Fuel consumption is a top expense for fleets. With this in mind, we worked to improve our existing platform and bring valuable MPG performance information to drivers in real-time,” said Vikas Jain, vice president of product management and general manager of software as a service at Omnitracs. “By empowering drivers with access to the right information at the right time, they will be able to make positive performance changes and see the resulting impact on their MPG performance in real-time, ultimately contributing to fleet-wide fuel savings.”

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Would you as a trucker favor glow-in-the-dark roads instead of streetlights?

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Natural Gas Fuel Loses Some of its Luster, But Not Going Away

... "Diesel is a better energy agent to propel heavy loads over up-and-down terrain," [Daimler Trucks North America CEO Martin] Daum said. "Natural gas is the cheaper fuel at the moment. It seems at the moment the balance is more for certain applications, heavy loads, long distances, is going to diesel."

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Items Thrown From Overpasses Smash Windshields and Hurt Truckers

Be alert to the places where items have been thrown from overpasses which result in damaged vehicles and hurt drivers. Help us keep our list up-to-date....

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Maintain a Safe Following Distance Behind Other Vehicles, Trucker

An unexpected stop by drivers of vehicles in front of truckers can lead to accidents if you don't maintain a safe following distance. Read our tips...

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