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Winter Driving: Trucker’s Best Tips Ever

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Winter driving tips are everywhere, but this could save your life, so don’t tune out! It’s that time of year again! Fun in the snow and ice throughout much of America and in other parts of the Northern Hemisphere. Typically, I would write a nice little 5 or 10 point winter driving tip list to…

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Implementing ELD In Your Fleet

Implementing ELD

In December 2015, after years of anticipation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published their final ruling on electronic logging devices (ELD). This ELD mandate marks a change in how fleet safety and their drivers log hours of service (HOS). If your fleet currently uses paper logbooks, you must equip your trucks with ELDs…

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Breaking News: CVSA RoadCheck 2017

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck will take place on June 6-8.   Over the 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in the US, Mexico and Canada will conduct about 73,000 truck or bus inspections. On average, around 17 inspections per minute will be completed during the safety blitz. Each…

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DOT Adding New Drugs To 5-Panel

According to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released in the Federal Register today, The Department of Transportation is proposing to amend its drug testing program regulations to add four new prescription medications (hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone) to its drug-testing panel. Additionally, they are proposing to add methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte and…

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Disrupting DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing

Too many trucking companies are at risk of being shut down due to their DOT drug and alcohol testing programs (or lack of having one)! The evidence is clear when we are still seeing around 45% of all acute compliance violations being related to drug and alcohol regulations. While other management programs currently exist and…

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Fleet Safety Program Essentials

An effective fleet safety program is a critical part of any organization’s risk management planning. This is especially important because transportation related incidents account for over 40% of all fatal workplace injuries. Though there are tons of free resources out there, I haven’t found many that hold a match to one that I recently read. Though…

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Truck Parking Search Costs Drivers $5k Year

Truck parking and Hours of Service issues took 3 of the top 4 spots in the 2016 annual list of industry concerns. A recently released study of the issues at hand adds a bit more clarity to the situation. Due to industry regulations, truck drivers only have about 12.5 hours of available time to drive…

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FMCSA Maintains 25% Drug Testing Rate

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration just announced that it will maintain its current 25 percent random drug testing rate of truck operators in 2017. In 2016, the FMCSA lowered the minimum required drug testing rate from 50 percent to 25 percent. This continued lower rate stems from three consecutive calendar years (2012- 2014) of…

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FMCSA, Some States Sharpen Audit Teeth

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From Todd Dills via Over Drive Magazine: In 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offered a dark valentine to motorcoach/bus companies with announcement of its “Operation Quick Strike” enforcement sweep of such companies, during which it deployed investigative teams to target companies deemed “high-risk” by FMCSA terms. Those terms at the time defined a…

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Breaking News: Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

The FMCSA just announced that the final regulations regarding the new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse has been released!   The final rule will, which will go into effect in January 2020, requires motor carriers, medical review officers, third-party administrators, and substance abuse professionals to report information about drivers who: Test positive for drugs or alcohol;…

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