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This summer the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced thePhase 2 federal greenhouse-gas (GHG) and fuel-economy regulations that will apply to model-year 2018 trailers, marking the first time the DOT and EPA have proposed efficiency and GHG standards for trailers.

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The 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).

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The 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.

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Statistics show that drivers spend more than half their time texting, talking on the phone, conversing with passengers or engaging in other activities instead of doing what they should be: giving their full attention to driving.

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For years, the trucking industry has advocated for increased truck size and weight, and now the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is investigating the effect on safety and infrastructure if vehicle weights up to 97,000 pounds are allowed.

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Penske Truck Rental is ready and willing to help businesses with their truck rental needs – except when it comes to transporting fireworks.

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It has been almost two years since the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched the new safety protocol Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA), but motor carriers and the third-party companies that hire those carriers are still working to better understand the program and decipher how it applies to them.

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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.

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As winter weather comes calling, drivers in certain regions of the country are bound to have snow and ice buildup on their vehicles. Not only can that snow and ice dislodge during transit, damaging vehicles or injuring drivers, it could also mean drivers can face state fines.

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A growing number of fleets are turning to electronic on-board recorders (EOBR) to increase driver safety, and earlier this year the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a rule that would require nearly all interstate carriers to use EOBRs—electronic devices that attach to a vehicle and record the amount of time a vehicle is being driven.

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The Department of Transportation’s (DOT)Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently reviewing comments on its proposed safety regulation that would prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using handheld cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle.

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In 2010, over 790,000 shipments crossed over the Canadian and Mexican borders into the United States, and those numbers are on the rise. According to the latest Department of Transportation (DOT) figures, surface transportation trade among the U.S., Canada and Mexico reached $80.8 billion in March, the latest month for which figures are available. That is 15.6 percent higher than for the same period in 2010 and marks the highest month since collection of data began in 1994.

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Compliance Safety Accountability—the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program that calculate fleets’ safety scores—is allowing officials to more readily see the specific safety problems associated with carriers by using more of the data inspectors collect at roadside.

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On February 17, 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host a public listening session on a proposed rule revising hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for commercial truck drivers. The public can participate in-person, online, or by phone. Check out the DOT’s Fast Lane blog for the full details on how to participate. In a related matter, the FMCSA has also extended the comment period on the HOS issue to March 4. To read a good summary be sure to check out this article from The Journal of Commerce written by William B. Cassidy.

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