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It is rare for the American Trucking Association (ATA) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) to agree wholeheartedly on much of anything. Their interests often diverge, and it creates legislative challenges. However, when it comes to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scoring system, the two industry titans agree—something has to give. While the Federal […]

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) declared Evaristo S. Mora to be an imminent hazard to the public on July 3, 2018. The U.S. DOT agency ordered the New Mexico-licensed driver to cease operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) following their investigation of an accident from the previous month. Reconstructing Events Leading Up to the […]

Consumers and drivers alike are already feeling the effects of the driver shortage problem. As customers and clients continue to expect faster deliveries, drivers are struggling to keep up with the demands. To quantify the problem, the American Trucking Association (ATA) reported a driver shortage of over 36,000 in 2016. They expect that number to […]

Ecommerce disrupted the retail industry, taking down several merchandise giants in its wake. Now, it’s transforming how customers approach returns as well. Prior to the proliferation of ecommerce, the days after Christmas and other major holidays meant long lines at department stores. As ecommerce companies improve their returns process, consumers are relying on transportation and […]

In a refreshing turn of events, an attempted cyberattack ended in failure rather than the all-to-common breach of sensitive data. This time, the target was the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. In late April, FMCSA was able to confirm there was zero exposure of personal data during the […]

Anheuser-Busch has been making big moves in the trucking tech industry. In a matter of months, the beer-producing giant ordered 40 of Tesla’s electric semi-trucks followed by another order of upwards of 800 Nikola hydrogen-electric semis. Anheuser-Busch plans to introduce the new semis into its main fleet at the start of 2020 with hopes to […]

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently released its main research priorities for 2018. The areas of research cover a range of issues affecting the industry including urban planning, problems with CDL testing, the affect autonomous vehicles will have on the industry, and more. ATRI pinpointed the following six research priorities for the current year: […]

Drivers that operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) have a lot to juggle. They need to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL), comply with shifting safety regulations and technology, and ensure their medical certification is up to date. Of the above, the medical certification should be the easiest to manage. After all, it should be one […]

Given enough offenses, commercial drivers can lose their license for texting while driving. However, local law enforcement often has a hard time proving if a driver was texting, particularly if it contributed to a crash. It is a simple and quick matter for drivers to delete their texts or browser history, leaving officers uncertain. Because […]

For Tesla, a semi-autonomous, all-electric vehicle is nothing new; for the trucking industry, it is long-awaited innovation. The vehicle boasts three significant advancements never before seen in the trucking world: It has a 500-mile electric driving range It is the industry’s first level 4 autonomous truck, the second most advanced based on the Society of […]