As the Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 rules are getting fleshed out, automatic tire inflation systems are being considered as a major fuel-saving technology. As it stands right now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will offer compliance credits to any OEM that installs these systems. According to industry … Read moreThe Full Story on Under-Inflation and Fuel Economy
Welcome to Part II of our series! In Part I, we gave you an introduction into the what and the why of drug and alcohol testing for truck drivers. Today we will give you the how. There are a number of different types of drug and alcohol tests you may need to take, so it’s … Read moreWhat You Need To Know About Alcohol And Drug Testing – Part II
Welcome back to our series covering how to prepare your business for a Department of Transportation (DOT) audit. We’ve discussed what an audit is and why you may be subject to one and we’ve also gone over the first two factors in an audit, which were: General Driver Today we will discuss the next factor: … Read moreUnderstanding The Third Factor In A DOT Audit
A new round of lobbying has begun to increase the weight limit imposed on commercial trucks by the federal government. The current limit sits at 80,000 pounds, but should it be raised? Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) has introduced the Safe, Flexible and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act, which would allow individual states to increase the federal … Read moreShould The Federal Truck Weight Limit Be Raised?
The environment is back in the news this week as the new Republican majorities in the house and senate seek to undo what they can of President Obama’s environmental agenda. The most recent battleground has been around coal fired power plants. Will the fuel efficiency standard be next? A Complicated Relationship The trucking industry and … Read moreWhat’s Next for the Fuel Efficiency Standard?
The day we reported on the successful rollback of the hours of service rule, President Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 into law. With the passage of this bill, two crucial pieces of the hours of service rule were suspended: The rule that a driver’s 34-hour restart include two 1 … Read moreWhat’s Next for Hours of Service?
The number of hours a truck driver is allowed to work each day and each week is heavily regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The exact number of hours each driver is allowed to be on duty depends on several factors, including whether the driver is carrying property or passengers. Carrying Property Drivers who … Read moreWhat are DOT Regulations on Truck Driving Hours?