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Federal standards for commercial motor carrier size focus on a vehicle’s weight, length, and width. These standards have existed since 1956 to preserve the integrity of highways built with federal funds. The country also has an interest in ensuring the safety, productivity and mobility of freight commerce. Oversight of state enforcement of heavy truck size […]

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) increased examination of cargo tanks is nothing new. Since January 2015, FMCSA started taking a harder look at facilities that manufacture, inspect, and repair cargo tanks. FMCSA’s findings have only strengthened their resolve. The chief of FMCSA’s Hazardous Materials Division, Paul Bomgardner, expressed disbelief at the findings. Bomgardner […]

Most commercial drivers today are well aware that distracted driving can lead to a traffic accident, which can cause higher insurance costs as well as vehicle repair, replacement, bodily injury and even death. But many commercial operators forget the potential of high collateral costs that can be associated with distracted driving, such as fines, penalties […]

Fleet safety is a major concern for motor carriers of all sizes. Whether your business operates one vehicle or 10,000, safety issues affect insurance costs, workplace morale, productivity, and your bottom line. Because of this, it is not surprising that the internet is inundated with articles dedicated to quick tips for improving safety. Unfortunately, reducing […]

Warmer weather means safer driving conditions. Truck drivers will no longer have to concern themselves with wintery driving conditions and making sure their tires are up to the challenge of traversing snow and ice. However, this does not mean tire maintenance is no longer a priority. Salt and winter grime buildup take their toll on […]

Cyber threats constantly evolve to stay ahead of security measures. Many businesses are beefing up their cybersecurity to try to combat this issue, but the trucking industry is not keeping pace. Data breaches open trucking companies up to numerous liability risks. The most prominent is the risk of a client suing the company due to […]

The number of women truck drivers being recruited by trucking fleets is on the increase, and for good reason. The trucking industry is facing a shortage of 48,000 drivers, according to the American Trucking Association. That number is expected to quadruple in the next 10 years; an aging baby boomer generation and growing economy that […]

Solar power is increasingly becoming of interest to today’s trucking fleets. The primary interest is in powering the ever-growing electrical systems of today’s commercial vehicles. Solar power technology makes sense as long as fleets plan ahead and harness solar energy for the right applications. In its essence, solar power is using the power of sunlight […]

The leading cause of workplace fatalities in the U.S. are due to transportation-related accidents. In a report released December 16, 2016 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the total number of workplace fatalities reported in 2015 was 4,836. Of those, 2,054 – or 42 percent – were related to transportation incidences. Falls, trips or […]

Camera-based safety systems are a relatively new addition to the market of fleet safety performance tools. Such tools, also known as video recorder (VR) systems, are designed to improve the safety of truck drivers. Very few fleets are currently using this technology. Industry estimates suggest that only 6 percent of fleets are using video cameras […]