Posts By: TDS

MMAF walk/run. Sept 7 2013

Save the date for September 7,2013! MMAF will be hosting their ninth annual Say Thanks Day at the Boy Scout Base Camp in historic Fort Snelling. There will be music all morning and activities for the whole family. 8:00 a.m. registration opens at Boy Scout Base Camp. . 9:00 a.m. start for 10K Run and… Read more »

Second waiver to new hours-of-service regulation granted

Less than three weeks into the new hours-of-service regulations, a second waiver to the regs has been issued by the FMCSA.             The first waiver was issued on May 31. It was in response to a request from the Energy Department. The exemption dismisses truckers hauling security-sensitive radioactive materials for the Department of Energy from… Read more »

Obama announced new Fuel-Economy Standards to come for 2019

Last week, President Obama announced that the administration will begin to work on new fuel-economy standards for heavy- and – medium-duty trucks starting in 2019.             “The fuel standards we set over the past few years mean that, by the middle of the next decade, the cars and trucks we buy will go twice as… Read more »

Study says hours of service rules will cost industry $322 million more yearly.

According to a study released this week by the American Transportation Research Institute, the new hours-of-service changes will cost the trucking industry $322 million more than the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had anticipated.             ATRI is the research wing of the American Trucking Association and is known for their opposition to the new rule…. Read more »

Technology Improving Driver Safety

Corporate fleet managers are now using recording devices, such as in-cab cameras, to monitor driver behavior. The goal is to improve safety and use fuel more efficiently. Many companies have reported that they have already seen a major reduction in vehicle incidents since they have installed the in-cab cameras. Lily Transportation Corp. in Needham, Mass…. Read more »

President Obama’s new transportation proposal for 2014

On April 10, Obama released a transportation budget proposal for 2014. “The budget provides a total of $76.6 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding for the Department of Transportation, plus an additional $50 billion to jumpstart economic growth and job creation through immediate infrastructure investment.” Obama hopes that the new budget will serve as a… Read more »