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Rear View Safety provides FMVSS 111 resources, tests cameras

Rear View Safety, a distributor of vehicle safety solutions, including backup camera systems, backup sensor systems, driver fatigue systems, mobile DVRs, and dash cameras, now provides several resources to help with compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 111 law. FMVSS 111 went into effect on May 1. Part of the new requirement

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FMCSA clarifies regulatory guidance for transportation of agricultural commodities, personal conveyance

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced new regulatory guidance clarifying the 150 air-miles hours-of-service agricultural commodity exemption and providing additional explanatory detail of the “personal conveyance” provision. “Due to input from commercial vehicle stakeholders and the public, the Department has taken steps to provide greater clarity and flexibility

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FMCSA announces new ELD waiver for transporters of agricultural commodities

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is announcing an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the federal ELD mandate for agriculture-related transportation. Additionally, during this time period, FMCSA will publish final guidance on both the agricultural 150 air-mile hours-of-service exemption and personal conveyance. FMCSA will continue its outreach to provide assistance

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What the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means for fleets

Passed on Dec. 12, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act amends the Internal Revenue Code to reduce tax rates and modify policies, credits and deductions for many individuals and businesses. I reached out to several fleet financial experts to find out how it may impact your business. “The passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs

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How GHG regulations are impacting suspensions

Engines are the most obvious truck part that is affected by the GHG regulations, but suspensions aren’t far behind. The designs of suspensions made in the last few years are noticeably being modified to accommodate fleets’ continued desire to cut their trucks’ weight. “Since a suspension doesn’t rotate 360 degrees (no frictional or rolling resistance

A clear view: Meeting new FMVSS 111 rearview camera requirements

In the works since the passage of the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007, the newly enacted update to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 111 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sets new rear vision system requirements for vehicles with a 10,000-lb. or lower Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Information

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Demystifying the Food Safety Modernization Act

In September 2016, large producers and shippers of both human and animal food were required to come into compliance with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These new, preventative standards were designed and passed in order to proactively reduce the number of foodborne illness incidents versus reacting to events. By September of 2017, small businesses with

Writing the rules of the autonomous road

  Welcome to 2017—the future is coming fast and furiously. In the trucking industry, automated truck technology has gone from sci-fi-esque, space age technology to an equipment reality. The next challenge is how to bring that technology to today’s highways. Last September, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published its “Federal Automated Vehicle Policy: Accelerating

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Commission on Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Safety releases recommendations for industry-led regulatory framework

  The Commission on Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Safety, a project of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), recently released a report with recommendations to address public policy and safety issues that have the potential to slow or halt deployment of autonomous vehicles (AVs). The recommendations are intended to foster increased collaboration between industry and regulators, and

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EPA rule-making for heavy-duty truck emissions will not be accelerated

  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was recently asked to accelerate the timeline for enacting new regulations regarding NOx emissions from trucks. While the EPA admits that more stringent standards are needed to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx), emissions from heavy-duty trucks, buses and other diesel vehicles, the agency rejected calls from a coalition of state

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GHG Phase 2: The effects on heavy-duty truck fleets

According to John Flynn, chief executive officer of Fleet Advantage, “The initial Greenhouse Gas (GHG) mandates have already saved Class 8 transportation fleets millions of dollars in operating costs by reducing fuel consumption.” On Aug. 16, the federal government passed the proposed regulation, GHG Phase 2, to further tighten emissions and improve fuel economy for

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FMCSA rules now permanently allow Bendix windshield-mounted cameras

The video camera component of the Bendix Wingman Fusion collision mitigation technology and AutoVue Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System from Bendix CVS will remain compliant with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules, thanks to an exemption that was recently made permanent. Effective Oct. 24, the rule change allows certain devices that utilize “vehicle safety