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Standards for Tire Trailer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers safety standards for trailer safety. The NHSTA recommends that drivers use the right kind of tires when towing a trailer. Safety recommendations include using the same size tires and following manufacturers’ specified load standards for trailers and tire construction. Tire Size Tire size…

Trailer Wheel Size for Safety

[box type=”shadow”]Safety is a key parameter when traveling with a trailer. The wheels that the trailer travels on need to be the correct size so that the trailer weight can be effectively moved down the road.[/box] [box type=”shadow”] Identification Each trailer tire has its specified information listed on the sidewall….

FMCSA Windshield Requirements

[box type=”shadow”]The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, FMCSA was established on January 1, 2000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The FMCSA was established to follow the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 to help ensure that safety standards were being met for vehicles. The FMCSA provides financial assistance…

Canadian Trucking Alliance: Canada-U.S. border agreement win-win

The Canadian Trucking Alliance is lauding a U.S.-Canada border agreement announced Dec. 7 by President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as an “historic achievement that takes meaningful steps to bring the Canada-U.S. border into the 21st century,” adding that trucks are the “major mode of trans-border freight…

TCP Survey: Carriers see opportunities for volumes, rates in 2012

[box type=”shadow”]Carriers are optimistic for the year ahead, with 61 percent expecting volumes to increase in 2012, and only 7 percent expecting volumes to decrease, according to the Transport Capital Partners 4th Quarter 2011 Business Expectations Survey. Carriers responded similarly. “Carriers shared a higher level of confidence despite the roller…

Senators Introduce Bill to Strengthen FMCSA, Truck Regs

[box type=”shadow”]The senator who last month pledged to put more freight on the rails to get trucks off the road has introduced legislation aimed at strengthening commercial vehicle regulations and the federal agency that enforces them. U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, along…

DOT Reports Truck-Related Fatals up 8.7% in 2010

[box type=”shadow”]The DOT said Dec. 8 that the number of persons killed in crashes involving large trucks jumped 8.7 percent in 2010 to 3,675, compared with 3,380 large truck-related fatalities in 2009. FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro referred to an increase to 4,000 at a recent Congressional hearing, citing it as…

FMCSA Letter Refutes OOIDA Claim About Legal Use of EOBRs

[box type=”shadow”]The FMCSA says that the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association claim that a recent circuit court decision prohibits the use of electronic onboard recorders for Hours of Service compliance is inaccurate. OOIDA, in a letter to FMCSA last month, said the FMCSA, large motor carriers and Department of Transportation enforcement…

FMCSA Sends Out Warning on Drug And Alcohol Testing

[box type=”shadow”] In recent months, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it has received “numerous inquiries regarding companies using aggressive marketing tactics to sell supervisor training to employers who may be subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and alcohol testing requirements. Please note that the FMCSA is…

Cargo Vans Update

[box type=”shadow”]Depending on how the segment is counted, the market for full-size cargo vans is up about 12% over last year. Plumbers, electricians and other skilled trades people are replacing old, worn trucks, partly because there aren’t any good used ones on lots. Some tradesmen are buying “tall utility vehicles”…

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