5 Trending Transportation Updates: May 2017

Posted by PLS Logistics June 15, 2017 at 8:11 AM

More Diabetic Drivers Seek Exemptions. Insulin-dependent drivers are requesting exemption to stay behind the wheel, but the current approval process is inefficient. Drivers face long-waits when seeking exemptions due to vague medial guidelines. However, over half of drivers seeking exemptions are getting the FMCSA approval stamp, compared to 39% two years ago. (Read more here).

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Market Update: $3+ Trillion to Keep Up with Infrastructure Repairs

Posted by PLS Logistics January 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Ports and surface transportation must be able to accommodate the country’s growing population and freight volumes. The US DOT predicts that by 2045, freight volume will increase 45% and America’s population will grow by 70 million people. America’s infrastructure has an average rating of a D+, ranking 12th worldwide in its health of infrastructure.

  • 65% of America’s major roads are rated “less than good condition”
  • In Pennsylvania, nearly 1 in 4 bridges are considered structurally deficient
  • Motorists spend $5.7 billion a year from driving on roads that need repair in Texas

As economic trends and federal policies change, so will the US freight market and infrastructure project prioritization. “Tax reform, trade, infrastructure: we have a role to play in all of those issues,” said Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Association (ATA).

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Your Top 5 Questions on NOx Standards Answered

Posted by PLS Logistics January 19, 2017 at 11:30 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing a rule that would set new standards to reduce NOx emissions from heavy-duty truck engines beginning in 2024. The agency last tightened its NOx standards for truck engines in 2010 to 0.2 gram per brake horsepower-hour.

The California Air Rescue Board is pushing for a lower NOx standard, as low as .02, so they can meet the federal ambient air quality standards for the ozone. That would be a 90% reduction in NOx emissions.

What is NOx? Nitrogen Oxides. NOx pollutes air with its chemical compounds. NOx represents a family of 7 compounds. The EPA regulates nitrogen dioxide, NO2, as a surrogate for this family of compounds because it’s the most prevalent form of NOx in the atmosphere and is generated by human activity.

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A Step Closer to Automation: DOT Rule for V2V

Posted by PLS Logistics January 4, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of death and injury in the US – killing more than an average of 32,000 people a year. A 2007 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study found that almost half of all two-vehicle crashes are rear-end crashes, and the primary reason for rear-end crashes is driver inattention.

In order to reduce injuries and fatalities on America’s roadways, DOT has proposed a rule that would advance the use of connected vehicle technologies with the intention to considerably reduce accidents. Vehicle-to-vehicle systems (V2V) allow cars to communicate to each other in an effort to warn drivers about potential risks and to prevent crashes. The new DOT rule applies to passenger vehicles and would require automakers to include V2V technologies in all new light-duty vehicles.

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Did Brake Safety Week Create a Rate Surge?

Posted by PLS Logistics September 22, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The week of September 11-17, 2016 was Brake Safety Week, an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial motor vehicle brake safety.

More than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program’s inception in 1998.

During the 7-day period, law enforcement agencies across North America conduct inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and anti-lock braking system violations as part of CVSA’s Brake Safety Week.

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CSA Scores to Make Early Comeback?

Posted by PLS Logistics July 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

In 2015, the FAST Act required FMCSA to remove CSA (Compliance, Safety and Accountability) information from public view. It also mandated that FMCSA repair the CSA program so that scores can be used as a consistent, reliable safety measure.

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Shipper Strategy: What to Do as ELD Mandate Threatens Capacity

Posted by PLS Logistics May 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The trucking industry is adjusting as fuel prices fluctuate, the driver shortage continues, and new regulations are authorized.

The ELD mandate is causing waves of concern among shippers and carriers. The rule could drastically change the trucking landscape.

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5 Ways Shippers are Affected by Green Transportation Regulations

Posted by PLS Admin March 24, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Medium- and heavy-duty trucks move about 70% of America’s freight. These vehicles make up about 5% of traffic, and contribute 20% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and oil consumption in the transportation sector. This makes trucking firms a prime target for green initiatives, and in the past few years, the government has created regulations to reduce GHG emissions.

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Will Shippers Benefit from the ELD Mandate?

Posted by PLS Logistics March 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM

All interstate commercial trucks must install and update electronic logging devices (ELDs) by November 30, 2017. An ELD allows truck drivers and commercial carriers to efficiently record and track their hours of service.

ELDs are a welcomed gain for safety and efficiency in the transportation industry. Fleets and drivers have the opportunity to maximize drive times and reduce manual paperwork. Shippers will see advantages, too; ELDs can increase shippers revenue and provide ways to streamline transportation processes.

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The Latest HOS Update

Posted by PLS Logistics March 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) hours of service (HOS) rules have been controversial and complicated. A lot of talk has surrounded the HOS regulations, and whether they will become a rule again or not is up in the air. However, it appears the HOS rules have been dealt a decisive blow. 
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