Trucking Industry News Update 5/24/18

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Highway IntersectionInfrastructure Week Aftermath: Tolls, Taxes, and Trucks

The roads are just as important as the trucks that drive on them all day, every day. That’s why we follow the infrastructure plan so closely here at Apex. We want to know what is being put in place for the roads across America. A few weeks ago, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders commented that President Trump’s infrastructure package is unlikely to be put into place this year. That announcement came just before the scheduled Infrastructure Week, a non-profit organization created to promote the increasingly urgent regional and local highway construction demands. Most legislators and industry leaders agree that our nation’s infrastructure needs an update in a big way. According to Transport Topics, the cause of delay is creating an infrastructure plan that Congress will agree to. Discussions surround increasing toll roads or taxes to support infrastructure are understandably unpopular and aren’t gaining traction. So, we’re still waiting and watching out for the next big infrastructure news. All that we can say is stay tuned.

Tips for Getting Summer Roadside Inspection Ready

Are you ready for an unexpected roadside inspection any time of the year? We hope so, but as summer approaches so do the are various inspection blitz’s, like the CVSA International Roadcheck. So now is a good time to inspect your rig and paperwork processes. First thing is first, keep up with regular truck maintenance, certifications, and licenses. Knowing where all proper documentation is located will make your roadside inspection a lot less stressful! But that’s just the first of five helpful tips. The American Trucker has the rest of those easy and inexpensive tips that can save you time, money, and citations.

FMCSA’s Ray Martinez Talks HOS, ELDs, and the Future of the Trucking Industry

During an industry meeting Ray Martinez, the head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) discussed that he wants the government agency that regulates the trucking industry to have a positive relationship with fleets and drivers. How does he plan to do that? By addressing the pain points of trucking. Martinez discussed making changes to the hours-of-service (HOS) rules, truck parking, addressing the driver shortage, and detention. For now, it appears they are still collecting data and researching these issues. This summer they are working on reviewing crash data and discussing how ratings are determined for the Compliance, Safety and Accountability program. For the full details about how Martinez plans to regulate the trucking industry head over to Transport Topics.

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