Did You Know?
The first gasoline powered vehicle in the U.S. was built by Charles and Frank Duryea on September 20, 1893 and tested in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Legislation and Regulations
The FMCSA is seeking to reduce fees to the Unified Carrier Registration system for the next two years. For trucking companies and brokers, fees could come down by as much as 9%. The reason? The UCR Plan collected $5 million more than the maximum the plan was allotted to take in. Public comments can be made here until September 30, 2017. To read more, visit regulations.gov and search Docket No. FMCSA-2017-0118-0001.
The U.S. Senate has passed a bill banning those convicted of human trafficking from holding a CDL. The bill—which has seen wide bi-partisan support—is set to go to the House for debate, where it’s expected to be approved and sent to the President.
Stopping Distances on Wet vs Dry Pavement
On dry pavement, a fully loaded semi going 60 mph might take almost 420 feet to come to a complete stop. This is taking into account reaction times and perception of distance. Wet pavement conditions can push stopping distance out past 600 feet.
Keep your shiny side up!
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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.