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Government, Safety

DOT to Require Testing for Synthetic Opioids Beginning Jan. 1

Drug testing urine specimen TT File Photo

Beginning Jan. 1, truck drivers being administered random pre-employment and post-accident drug tests will be screened for four additional synthetic opioids, the highly addictive drugs that likely will require medical experts to consider prescriptions that balance pain mitigation with safety performance.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 30, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Key Lawmakers Defend ELD Mandate

Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.) Rep. Alma Adams, House Small Business Committee/YouTube

WASHINGTON — A fast-approaching mandate on electronic logging devices would enhance safety across the trucking and freight sectors, Democrats on the House Small Business Committee said Nov. 29.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 29, 2017
Government, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Approval to Study Driver Commuting Times

Traffic WSDOT/Flickr

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget to study the safety effects of excessive motor carrier operator work commutes — primarily those exceeding 150 minutes.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 28, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Cummins' Tim Proctor on Customizing Power Solutions

Video: Cummins' Tim Proctor, left, talks with TT's Roger Gilroy about meeting the fuel economy needs of customers who are concerned about global warming.

Transport Topics
November 22, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

USDOT Boosts Emergency Aid for Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

Hurricane Maria YouTube

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will receive additional funds to help agencies there pay for highway infrastructure that was damaged by back-to-back hurricanes in September, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Nov. 22.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 22, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ELD Resources: Websites Offer Information, Product Reviews

Omnitracs ELD Omnitracs

With the electronic logging device mandate quickly approaching, websites for ELD information and reviews have emerged to help carriers sift through the multitude of systems on the market and find the right fit for their operations.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
November 22, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Opinion: Time to Move Forward With ELD Mandate

On Dec. 18, the electronic logging device rule will take effect, marking an important step forward for the trucking industry.

Chris Spear | President and CEO, American Trucking Associations
November 22, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Moving to ELDs: Carriers, Law Enforcement Prepare for Mandate

ELD example KeepTruckin

After years of anticipation and debate, the federal mandate of electronic logging devices is nearly here.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
November 22, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ELD Update: FMCSA Softens Violators' Safety Profile Impact

FMCSA's Cathy Gautreaux

To ease the trucking industry’s transition to the federal electronic logging device mandate, citations issued between Dec. 18 and April 1 for failure to comply with the new law will not be posted to motor carriers’ safety profiles. But carriers still could be fined, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials said Nov. 20.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Autonomous Trucks a Plus for Safety, Security, Recruitment, Execs Say

Panelist discuss the state of autonomous trucking Panelists (left to right) Tucker, Cammisa and Ferguson discuss autonomous trucking. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Autonomous heavy trucks not only show promise to reduce crashes, but they also offer a potential to improve cargo security and driver recruitment, according to executives speaking here at a recent national safety and security conference sponsored by American Trucking Associations.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2017

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