Truck News

  • U.S. Wraps Study on Trucker Hours-of-Service

    October 2, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal trucking officials in the U.S. have completed a study of the restart provisions in the country’s hours of service rules for truck drivers and they may have a tough time getting regulations back to the way they used to be.

  • Record Low Out-of-Service Numbers Hit During Roadcheck

    October 1, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    GREENBELT, MD — The annual North American-wide truck inspection blitz held this past summer produced the lowest out-of-service rates on record when it comes to the toughest vehicle and driver inspections. According to numbers released Tuesday by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which organizes the annual International Roadcheck, there were 69,472 total truck and bus inspections June 2-4.

  • U.S. May Alter Plans for Phase 2 Truck Engine Rules

    September 28, 2015 12:00AM by Heavy Duty Trucking|Today's Trucking partner

    ORLANDO, FL — Truck operators and builders are commenting strongly on the proposed Phase 2 Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas emissions proposals, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking notes and might well make some changes to the lengthy set of rules.

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    New U.S. Truck Emissions Rules May Be Tougher Than Expected

    September 21, 2015 12:00AM by Jim Park

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The trucking industry is finally hearing some frank discussion about Phase 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction proposal that Canada is expected to adopt in one form or another.

    At the FTR Conference in Indianapolis Wednesday, a Daimler Trucks North America regulatory expert told attendees the standards are likely to be much more difficult to meet than originally believed.

    Amy Kopin, regulatory and compliance program manager, said because of the variations that are inherent in some of the testing procedures, and the lack of reasonable compliance margins, truck and engine makers may need to design products to exceed the rule’s requirements just to come in under the compliance margins.

    “There are all kinds of technical provisions and problems with compliance that EPA has built into Phase 2 that make the rule almost twice as stringent as it should be,” Kopin said. “They have made incorrect assumptions with many of their baselines, and they have over-estimated the rate of customer uptake on many technologies as well. These all affect the way equipment makers earn their credits, and because of that, we will have to compensate for those shortfalls in other ways.”

  • FMCSA Chief Outlines Year-End Priorities

    September 18, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – If you truck into the U.S. there are some changes that will take place in the landscape between now and the end of the year that could affect your operations. The top trucking regulator in the U.S. has laid out his priorities for the rest of the year, that include rules for electronic logging devices (ELDs) to track driver compliance with hours of service (HOS) requirements.

  • OTA Sets Meeting on Labor Policy, Related Issues

    September 15, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    TORONTO — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) will be hosting a meeting next month of its labor council to brief carrier members on recent trends involving labor policy and issues at both the federal and provincial levels.

  • Heads Up! Brake Safety Week Starts Now

    September 6, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    GREENBELT, MD – As Canada is celebrating National Trucking Week Sept 6-12, one of the biggest industry safety events of the year will also be underway throughout North America with another right around the corner. Law enforcement agencies will conduct brake system inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week.
    The event is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign, organized by this group representing local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and trucking industry representatives from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

  • Tomorrow, Ontario Changes Rules of The Road

    August 31, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    TORONTO – Tougher penalties for certain driving violations plus increased driver and vehicle license fees in Ontario all take effect on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and the Toronto Trucking Association wants all truckers to know about it.
    The organization has issued a bulletin outlining tougher penalties for distracted driving, new rules protecting bicyclists and measures to ensure the safety of tow truck drivers. The province has also changed rules surrounding children riding school buses.
    Penalties for distracted driving will include an increased set fine of $490 and three demerit points upon conviction. Novice drivers will receive a minimum 30-day suspension for the first conviction and longer suspensions for subsequent convictions.

  • Manitoba Amends Vehicle Weight, Dimension Regulations

    August 31, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WINNIPEG — Regulatory changes have taken place in Manitoba when it comes to the province’s vehicle weights and dimensions.

  • FMCSA Grants HOS Exemption to Certain Haz-Mat Loads

    August 25, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) last week announced its decision to grant motor carriers transporting security-sensitive hazardous materials requiring a security plan an exemption from the county’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that prohibit truckers from driving more than eight consecutive hours since the driver’s last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of 30 minutes or more.

  • Concerns at U.S. GHG Hearing, Canada Expected to Adopt

    August 20, 2015 12:00AM by Heavy Duty Trucking|Today's Trucking partner

    LONG BEACH, CA – Proposed regulations, expected to adopted by Canada, regarding U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks were the focus of a public hearing on Tuesday in California.

    Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held the event to gather comments about their joint proposal. An earlier hearing was held this month in Chicago.

    Representatives from government and environmental agencies, manufacturers, fleets and other related organizations were allowed five minutes each to make a public statement on the proposed Phase 2 GHG rules as currently outlined. A panel of top members from EPA and NHTSA listened and posed clarifying questions.

  • Town Finds Way to Deal with Alarming Vehicle Noise

    August 18, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    COCHRANE, AB — Cochrane resident Kevin Shier had been attempting to resolve noise issues for many years with little success, with some residents selling their homes and others on the verge, as a result of vehicle backup beepers operating around the clock.

  • Fleet Agrees to Settlement in Driver Discrimination Case

    August 11, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    INDIANAPOLIS – A provider of cross-border trucking, Celadon Trucking Services Inc., has agreed to an out of court settlement paying $200,000 over a driver disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • Hearing Focuses on Truck Emissions, Fuel Economy Rules

    August 6, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    CHICAGO, IL – Regulators got an earful this week when it comes to a proposed second phase of commercial truck greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards in the U.S., which Canada is expected to follow.

  • Canada Unveils New Emissions Standards

    August 4, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    OTTAWA – The Canadian government has announced changes to new vehicle and fuel standards for on-road vehicles to reduce air pollution and align them with U.S. regulations.