FMCSA Announced the Proposed Changes to the Hours of Service Rules

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the long awaited changes they suggest for the Hours of Service (HOS) rules. “This proposed rule seeks to enhance safety by giving America’s commercial drivers more flexibility while maintaining the safety limits[…]

Freightliner is now delivering the electric eCascadia truck to customers

On August 12, 2019, Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) announced that they are ready to start deliveries of their eCascadia all-electric semi trucks to customers. According to Freightliner, Penske Truck Leasing and NFI will be the first companies to employ the eCascadia in their commercial operations. The trucks are part of the Freightliner Electric[…]

Over 1,600 Trucks Placed Out-of-Service During Brake Inspection Blitz

On May 15, 2019, more than 1,600 commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) were placed out-of-service (OOS) for critical brake violations during a surprise brake safety inspection blitz. Surprise Brake Inspection Blitz One day only, fifty-five jurisdictions in the United States and Canada participated in a surprise brake inspection blitz and reported the results to the Commercial[…]

What You Need To Know About The IRT Model Replacing Current CSA Scores

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently working on an Item Response Theory (IRT) Model that will replace the current Safety Measurement System (SMS) used for CSA Scores. SMS identifies commercial motor vehicle (CMV) carriers at high risk for future crashes. The IRT Model will focus on “safety culture” rather than trying to predict[…]

Improve Your Safety Score By Keeping Up With Repair And Maintenance

Being placed out-of-service during a roadside inspection is the last thing any successful fleet wants. An inspection that turns up simple, ridiculous and expensive violations disrupts time on the road delivering cargo. Too many inspection violations can make your safety score plummet. Potential customers will see the low safety score as proof that your company is[…]

Texas, Are You Ready For The ELD Mandate December 2019?

The Texas ELD mandate is coming December 19, 2019. Texas commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) driving intrastate must make sure that their fleet is in sync with the new requirements to remain compliant. Texas has updated their Hours of Service (HOS) code with a ruling that follows the guidelines put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier[…]

Final Driver Training Rule Has Been Delayed For 2 Years

The Final Ruling that will set the standard of training for drivers applying for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) has been delayed for 2 years. Despite the delay, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) insists the new curriculum and training will still take effect on February 7, 2020. Driver Trainers and State Driver Licensing[…]

Hours-Of-Service Proposed Rule Set To Debut July 31

After much delay, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has reset the projected date of publication for the new and improved “flexible” Hours-of-Service (HOS) Rule to July 31, 2019. This date was released by the Department of Transportation (DOT) in the June 2019 Significant Rulemaking Report. The proposed driver’s HOS Ruling was set to debut[…]

Gorilla Safety Offers Asset Tracking For ANY Business With Advanced GPS

Ever feel like you can’t find your trucks or trailers? Tired of not knowing what’s going on around your business? You can’t leave yourself in the position of not knowing where your $160,000 truck and $75,000 trailer are. Gorilla Safety has you covered. With Advanced GPS Tracking, you know where your company’s assets are at[…]

House passes Funding Bill that bars the DOT from eliminating the 30-minute Break Rule

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2020 government funding bill. Stipulations were placed on this bill that requires motor carrier’s ratings with the DOT’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program to be made public within 6 months. The stipulations placed on this bill, H.R. 3055, were fought by the House Rules[…]

Brake Safety Inspection Week 2019

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced that this year’s Brake Safety Week is scheduled for September 15-21, 2019. Although inspections happen all year long, there are several inspection blitzes a year focusing on different aspects of commercial motor vehicles (CMV). While checking brake systems is always part of the North American Standard Inspection Program,[…]

U.S. DOT launches program to help Veterans and Reservists find jobs in the Trucking Industry

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Monday, June 17, 2019, that they are accepting applications for a pilot program to permit younger drivers between the ages of 18 to 21 with the U.S. Military’s equivalent of a commercial drivers license (CDL) to operate large trucks in interstate commerce. During the pilot program, which is[…]

Gorilla Safety aligns with project44 to provide location data services to shipping companies

Location Data Services Play Key Role in Meeting Increased Demand for Shipment Visibility   HOUSTON … June 17, 2019 … Gorilla Safety, a provider of an innovative, proprietary and patented fleet and safety management solution, announced today the Company has aligned with project44, the world’s leading advanced visibility platform for shippers and  logistic service providers[…]

USDA Clarifies the Rules Regulating Hemp Transport After Drivers Arrest

There has been a lot of confusion about hemp’s legal status due to a recent high-profile arrest of a driver hauling industrial grade hemp from Oregon to Colorado. When driver Denis Palmurchuk was arrested by Idaho State Police for transporting 7,000 pounds of industrial hemp and charged with smuggling marijuana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture[…]

FMCSA Seeking Data on Detention Times When Loading & Unloading

Driver detention times have long been an issue in the transportation industry affecting driver pay and increasing the risk of accidents. According to results from research done on Driver Detention Times in Commercial Motor Vehicle Operations, “drivers experienced detention time during approximately 1 in every 10 stops for an average duration of 1.4 hours. This represents[…]

The ELD Mandate: Improving Safety Through Technology

The ELD Mandate goes into effect when the AOBRD grandfather provision expires, December 16, 2019. At this point, Phase 3 of the ELD Rule begins. Drivers and Motor Carriers subject to the ELD Rule must use ELDs registered with the FMCSA to remain compliant. How do ELDs Work? ELDs synch with the CMV engine to automatically record:[…]

2019 International Roadcheck: What to Expect During a Level I Inspection

With the International Roadcheck Inspection going on this week, June 4-6, CVSA-certified inspectors will be conducting numerous Level I – North American Standard Inspections. An average of 17 commercial vehicles are inspected every minute during this 72-hour blitz. Every year, during the CVSA’s Roadside Inspection spree, inspectors focus on a specific category of violations. This year,[…]

Houston Bus Company Fined by DOJ for Hiring H-2B Foreign Workers over Americans

On May 29, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement against a Houston transportation company, El Expreso Bus Company. El Expreso has been charged with hiring imported foreign workers on the H-2B visa over eligible Americans. The H-2B Program The H-2B program allows US employers to import and hire up to 66,000 foreign[…]

AOBRD vs. ELD: Do you know the difference?

The ELD Mandate is less than a year away and there have been a lot of questions from drivers and enforcement personnel concerning the difference between grandfathered automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) and electronic logging devices (ELDs). With AOBRDs still in use until December, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two devices. What’s[…]

Automated Driving Vehicles Under Review

The US Department of Transportation is taking a look into the necessary steps required to test Automated Driving Systems (ADS) Technologies. The FMCSA released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) on May 22 requesting public comment on the questions regarding the regulations that surround human operators and how they may differ for ADS.[…]

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Updated Driver Training Regulations Cuts the Cost by $18 Million Annually

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the Final Rule updating driver training regulations and saving an estimated cost of $18 million annually. Entry-Level Driver Training The Final Rule updates the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Regulations put in place December of 2016. This rule implements a new Class A CDL theory instruction that reduces[…]

FMCSA Seeking Public Comment on 18-21 Year Old Drivers and the New HOS Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently seeking public comments on the 2nd Pilot Program under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that will allow 18 – 21 year old non-military drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. Subsequently, there will be a new Hours of Service (HOS) Rule debuting[…]

Operation Safe Driver Week 2019: “Late won’t kill you, speeding will.”

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week has been set for July 14-20 this year with a special focus on speeding. “For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in nearly one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities,” said CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson with the Arkansas Highway Police. “That is unacceptable, especially[…]

What to expect with 2019’s Roadcheck Inspection spree

Violations that put your trucks out of service are dangerous to drivers and bad for business. It’s important to keep the trucks in your fleet well maintained and compliant with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). 2019 Roadcheck Inspection The International Roadcheck is set for June 4-6, 2019. Every year, during the CVSA’s Roadside Inspection[…]

The ELD Mandate: Don’t wait to transition from AOBRD to ELD

This is an important time in the trucking industry and compliance is vital. Phase 3 of the ELD Rule being implemented is fast approaching and the AOBRD grandfather provision will expire. On December 16, 2019, Drivers and Motor Carriers subject to the ELD Rule must use self-certified ELD’s registered with the FMCSA. Self-Certification is the[…]

National Work Zone Awareness Week

On average, over 700 fatalities occur in work zones each year determined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). 2019 National Work Zone Awareness Week In an effort to protect our drivers and workers, the FMCSA created National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW). NWZAW is an annual event bringing awareness to work zone safety[…]

Gorilla Safety continues to pioneer fleet management with release of Gorilla Fleet Intelligence

Company to Showcase 3.0 Solution at a Press Conference and Booth During the TMC Annual 2019 Show HOUSTON … March 18, 2019 … Gorilla Safety, a provider of an innovative, proprietary and patented fleet and safety management solution, announced today the release of Gorilla Fleet Intelligence, the (3.0) latest version of its software and app.[…]