Did you Know?
The first “truck” was invented by Gottlieb Diamler in 1896. With a two cylinder, four horsepower motor, it was said to tow up to 3,300 pounds. Its top speed? Right around five miles per hour.
ELD Mandate Update
If you’re a cattle rancher, you might just receive a reprieve from the ELD Mandate. Not only won’t you have to adhere to the half-hour rest break standards, you also won’t have to add an ELD to your truck if the bill that just passed the House Transportation subcommittee becomes law. No deadline has been given regarding when or if this might come up for a vote, but if passed, livestock haulers would receive a reprieve from the mandate until at least September of 2018.
CSA Scoring Reforms
Also within the bill that just passed the House Transportation subcommittee comes another welcome sight for drivers: Federally mandated reforms to the CSA scoring system. This means the Safety Fitness Determination rules cannot be used to determine a fit or unfit ruling for a carrier unless the system is revamped and a new rulemaking is then proposed. This puts a long hold on this program if, again, this bill gets passed.
Surprise Inspection Spree
This year’s surprise brake inspection spree took place back on May 3, and the results are in: Over 9,500 trucks were inspected, and just under 2,000 trucks were placed out of service due to violations. Of that, 1,146 were placed out of service due to brake issues. The next brake inspection blitz will be held on September 7 and will be conducted throughout all of North America.
In Other News
Volvo has introduced their new semi, and it comes standard with a driver assist system that will detect metal objects and cars in front of the semi. Audible and visual warnings can be triggered up to three seconds before a potential impact with a stationary object. If the driver does not respond, the vehicle will brake by itself to help mitigate the collision. Automatic braking will only occur at speeds of greater than 15 miles per hour.
In other news, a bill going up for vote in the House will forever bar anyone convicted of human trafficking from working in the trucking industry or from receiving a CDL.
Finally, a bill introduced into Congress that would have required truckers carry more than $750,000 in insurance has been dropped.
There was plenty of other information rolling through this week. Hear something we should know about? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regulatory Affairs Analyst Jeremy Feucht follows the latest political and legislative processes, along with their potential effects, on the trucking industry. He has worked in the U.S. Senate and has served as a member of Planning and Zoning, City Council, and Urban Renewal boards.