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Ashley Wagener

May 01, 2020

FMCSA Distributes 1 Million Masks to Truckers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is distributing 1 million protective masks to commercial truck drivers to enhance safety during the coronavirus pandemic. The agency announced the distribution effort, led by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, on April 29. The effort reflects a partnership with state representatives, industry groups and motor carriers. The Federal Emergency Management […]

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Ashley Wagener

April 24, 2020

Daimler recalls 63K trucks for exterior lighting issue

Daimler Trucks North America recently issued a recall for tens of thousands of trucks for a lighting defect. Daimler recently notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a recall impacting 63,175 Freightliner and Western Star trucks. According to NHTSA documents, “The rear reflective tape may be partially covered by the mudflap hanger bracket, […]

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Ashley Wagener

April 18, 2020

FMCSA issues three-month waiver for CDL, CLP holders

FMCSA has granted an extension on the validity of commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and commercial learner’s permits (CLP) that expire between March 1, 2020, and June 29, 2020. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted an extension on the validity of commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and commercial learner’s permits (CLP) that expire between […]

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Ashley Wagener

April 14, 2020

More than 450,000 Kenworths and Peterbilts recalled for warning light defect that could increase crash risk

PACCAR recently issued a massive recall for certain Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks for a defect that could increase the risk of a crash. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents, PACCAR will recall hundreds of thousands of trucks manufactured between 2008 and 2020. A total of 455,458 truck are affected by the recall. […]

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Ashley Wagener

March 26, 2020

Paccar Recalls 35,671 Peterbilt Trucks for Fire Risk

Peterbilt Motors Co. is recalling 35,671 trucks to repair an issue with battery cables on certain models, according to a March 18 notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects Peterbilt Model 365, 389, 567 and 579 trucks manufactured between 2015 and 2020, parent company Paccar Inc. said in the notice. The […]

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Ashley Wagener

March 20, 2020

FMCSA offers drivers HOS relief in emergency COVID-19 response

This declaration is the first time FMCSA has issued nation-wide relief and follows President Trump issuing of a national emergency declaration in response to the virus. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to […]

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Ashley Wagener

February 23, 2020

USDOT Announces $1 Billion Funding Notice for Infrastructure Grants

Transportation agencies aiming to improve connectivity along highways may apply for infrastructure grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. An official Notice of Funding Opportunity outlined the requirements for qualifying for a fiscal 2020 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD, grant, for which $1 billion has been allocated. The grants are meant for […]

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Ashley Wagener

February 12, 2020

Federal Policymakers to Draft Self-Driving Vehicles Bill

WASHINGTON — Policymakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are aiming to draft a bipartisan measure that would guarantee the deployment of lifesaving technologies in self-driving vehicles, the chairman of a key committee said Feb. 11. However, as the current session of Congress winds down, transportation leaders have yet to proceed with comprehensive legislation meant […]

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Ashley Wagener

January 13, 2020

Navistar International Recalls More Than 12,000 Trucks

Navistar Inc. has issued a safety recall for 12,539 International brand trucks that are at risk of unintended movement when the parking brake is in use. The recall applies to four truck models: 2019-20 International MV, 2018-20 International WorkStar, 2019-20 International HV and 2018-19 International DuraStar. These vehicles are medium-duty work trucks that can be […]

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Ashley Wagener

December 26, 2019

The Feds just charged a massive fuel-card company with fleecing truckers out of hundreds of millions of dollars

One of the trucking industry’s largest companies just got slammed with a lawsuit from the Federal Trade Commission. Atlanta, Georgia-based FleetCor counts tens of thousands of small businesses and individual truck drivers among its customer base. And, according to an FTC suit filed on Dec. 20, it’s fleeced those truckers out of “at least hundreds […]

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Ashley Wagener

December 09, 2019

The Dawn of Electric Trucks

Batteries, Hydrogen Fuel Cells Poised to Power a New Segment of Commercial Transportation The introduction of electric-powered commercial trucks continued to gain momentum in 2019 with more investment, more prototypes unveiled and more deployments in real-world freight operations. This emerging segment of the commercial vehicle market is still in its infancy, but the world’s largest […]

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Ashley Wagener

November 25, 2019

Trailer technology and safety systems on the rise

A number of safety-related items for dry van trailers are growing in popularity among fleets, said Mark Schultz, dry van product director, Great Dane Trailers. “Rear bumpers like the Great Dane RIG30 are available to meet the 30% offset guidelines,” he noted. “There are high-mounted dual turn and stop indicator lamps on rear frame headers, […]

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