February 2011 News Archive

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A recent ruling in Minnesota by a federal judge notes that State Patrol tactics for identifying trucker fatigue violated constitutional rights against unreasonable search, The Star Tribune reports.

Diesel costs may hurt the trucking industry

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The turbulent economy has forced many companies to seek ways to save money. For instance, fuel prices remain a difficult expense for fleets to manage, and the price of diesel keeps rising.

A recent pilot program in Maine allowed trucks weighing up to 100,000 pounds to travel on Interstate 95 North.

Experts say that the trucking industry is experiencing a driver shortage, due to an aging workforce, a rebounding economy and new federal safety rules.

Many Tennessee-based trucking companies are cautious that some proposed new regulations may hurt the industry as a whole, The Memphis Daily News reports.

New trucker sleep study may not be valid

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Some experts in the trucking industry have taken exception to the studies used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) with regards to the 34-hour restart regulations, Trucking Info reports.

To help promote trucking safety, the Illinois Governor and General Assembly have formed a task force to investigate the use of GPS technology and a Designated Truck Route System.

Recent regulations from new hours of service to new electronic on-board recorders have upset many members of the trucking industry.

In an effort to reduce the amount of accidents that result from driver fatigue, the U.S. Department of Transportation recently proposed a rule that would require truck driver fleets to install electronic on-board recorders.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently proposed a rule that will require electronic on-board recorders for truck drivers and bus companies.

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