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U.S. truck drivers preparing for Convoy to D.C. 2022

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May 14, 2022No Comments

DOT Week 2022: What to expect and how to get ready.

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April 27, 2022No Comments

U.S. States leaders in the electric transformation of trucking

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April 7, 2022No Comments

10 Tips for Truck Drivers to Stay Healthy on the Road

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Truck drivers worried about higher fuel prices

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March 2, 2022No Comments

How to weather a snow squall

Snow squalls in the Northeast last weekend led to traffic accidents involving 18-wheelers and a multi-hour shutdown of Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania. Snow squalls are brief but intense bursts of heavy snow, strong winds, and whiteout conditions that often reduce visibility at the drop of a hat.

They can also cause roads to become icy. These are a few quick safety tips for truckers to follow when encountering these storms.

Warnings

The National Weather Service issues warnings for snow squalls “where the highest threat of rapidly changing visibilities are the most likely to occur.”

Because these storms usually develop quickly, it’s important for truckers to have at least one reliable weather app installed on each of their mobile devices.

The warnings trigger alerts on the apps, which should be set to “location” or “GPS” mode. This ensures that the apps “follow” drivers, posting the alerts no matter where drivers happen to be along their routes.

What to do during a warning?

If a snow squall warning is issued, the NWS urges parked drivers to wait until the storm clears before getting back on the road. When the notification pops up, truckers driving should try to exit the highway as carefully and soon as possible. Find the nearest safe place to park until the storm fades.

When exiting isn’t an option

If drivers are unable to exit during a snow squall warning, they should slow down gradually. Turning on headlights and hazard lights makes trucks and trailers as visible as possible to other motorists.

Stay in one lane, increase following distance and avoid slamming the brakes.

Before hitting the road, truckers should always check with state transportation and highway patrol departments regarding possible commercial vehicle restrictions. Sometimes certain highways are off-limits to big rigs for periods of time when extreme winter storms are forecast.

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February 25, 2022No Comments

EPA preparing nationwide truck emissions regulation

The Biden administration will soon propose a regulation to cut nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from heavy-duty trucks. It would be the first such regulation since 2001.
The Environmental Protection Agency “is working on a proposed rule to reduce pollution from heavy-duty vehicles and engines that would significantly cut NOx emissions and update [greenhouse gas] standards for certain categories,” EPA spokesman Rick Conger for FreightWaves.

“These standards, currently subject to interagency review, will be rooted in the latest science and the law.”
Separately, Conger noted, the EPA is working to finalize a decision to restore a California waiver — which had been revoked under the Trump administration. It allows the state to set its own more restrictive emissions standards.

Conger did not confirm reports that EPA’s new NOx regulation will be based on California’s Advanced Clean Truck Regulations, which will affect decisions on buying new trucks beginning with the 2024 model year. A certain percentage of those trucks will need to meet the definitions of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).
The most aggressive number for ZEV requirements under ACT is Class 4-8 trucks, ranging from 14,000 to 33,000 pounds. That requirement is that 9% in that class will be ZEVs in the model year 2024 and 75% by the year 2035. But for Class 7-8 tractors, it’s a 5% requirement in 2024, rising to 40% by the 2032 model year.


The Biden administration recently announced $5 billion in program funds for states to install electric vehicle charging stations. A portion of that could potentially be reserved for commercial truck operations. California’s definition of ZEVs is largely battery-powered vehicles, with a small opening for hydrogen-powered fuel cells.
OEMs “will have to figure out how to adjust — the high cost is figuring out the technology to get to the reduction goals,” said Brett Marston. He specializes in environmental risks to businesses at the law firm Wiley Rein.
“During the comment period, I’m sure OEMs will lay out the additional cost per vehicle, and I would expect that cost to be passed down to the truckers.

On the flip side, if they do it for the model after the California regs, it means it will be easier for the OEMs because they won’t have to follow two types of rules.”
Another ACT provision requires large employers, including retailers, manufacturers, and brokers, to report information about shipments.

Fleet owners with 50 or more trucks must report on their existing fleet operations.

“This information will help identify future strategies to ensure that fleets purchase available zero-emission trucks and place them in service were suitable to meet their needs,” according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

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U.S. truck drivers preparing for Convoy to D.C. 2022

The Convoy to D.C. 2022 aims to launch the convoy from numerous points across the nation and eventually meet in Washington, D.C.

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During International Roadcheck, inspectors will conduct a 37-step procedure that includes examining driver operating requirements & vehicle mechanical fitness. Enforcement officials will perform an...

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New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts have already implemented the Advanced Clean Trucks rule

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Truck drivers say this issue must be addressed, whether through fuel tax holidays or other means, so that they can continue to transport goods...

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FMSCA repeals rule for traffic violation reporting 

The FMCSA amended its requirement truck drivers annually prepare and submit their traffic violation convictions to their employers

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Snow squalls in the Northeast last weekend led to traffic accidents involving 18-wheelers and a multi-hour shutdown of Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania. Snow squalls...

→ Read More

EPA preparing nationwide truck emissions regulation

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