Friday Five: OOIDA’s ELD exemption request, Tesla, toll roads, and taxes

Did you know?

…The average semi-truck tire is only rated for travel below 75 miles per hour.

Tesla hits parked firetruck, stems investigation.

Tesla is in the news again, but not for the right reasons. As you might recall, last year an Ohio man died in a Tesla v. Semi wreck in Florida while the Tesla was on autopilot. The Tesla failed to distinguish between the bright sky and the white semi-trailer, causing the wreck that killed the driver. On Monday, on I-405 in California, a Tesla on autopilot hit a parked firetruck while responding to a motorcycle wreck (thankfully, no one was injured). The National Transportation Safety Board is actively investigating the crash. As I predicted, Congress and the DOT will become active in regulating the growth and use of autonomous vehicles due to incidents like these.

Save on fuel by slowing down.

According to the EPA and the American Trucking Association, 55 miles per hour is the ideal speed for fuel economy. Trucks increasing speed from 55 to 65 miles per hour can lose up to 20% of their fuel economy. At 75 miles per hour, trucks use 27% more fuel than those driving at 65 miles per hour. For more tips on fuel economy, check out this article.

Toll roads or taxes? Trump considers road improvement possibilities.

President Trump’s proposal to improve the nation’s roads has hit stiff competition. While on the campaign trail, President Trump called for an increase in the number of toll roads as a way to pay for the betterment of the nation’s roads and bridges. Toll roads are expensive and can be a hassle to travel in and around and often force traffic onto surface streets causing more congestion. The American Trucking Association (ATA) has called for an increase in fuel tax and a reduction in toll roads as the answer. Several other groups are following suit.

ELD Exemption Request

OOIDA (Owner Operator Independent Driver Association) requested an exemption for small fleets on January 2, 2018. The request includes only those companies who do not have an “unsatisfactory” carrier rating and have documentation providing their safety performance.

It’s your turn: Go here to share your feedback the FMCSA.


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.