Industry Update: Smart hats, ELD extensions, & winter trucking


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Did you know?

Adverse Condition driving doesn’t necessarily apply to winter snow delays. FMCSA and CVSA wants you to plan for potential delays, so even if it has not necessarily been predicted, snow throughout the northern parts of the U.S. and mountainous areas are a given this time of year. Don’t run the risk of a citation by using the adverse condition rule when bad weather is already predicted.

Federal transportation nominations

A Senate committee passed several of President Trump’s nominations for transportation-related positions to the Senate floor for a hearing and debate. The three appointments that will have a direct impact on the trucking industry include Raymond Martinez (FMCSA Head), Bruce Landsberg (National transportation Safety Board), and Diana Furchtgott-Roth (Assistant Secretary of Research and Technology at the Transportation Department).

Trucking tech

Ford’s creating a hat in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that will help determine if a driver is about to doze off behind the wheel. Called the SafeCap, the hat will analyze the driver’s head movements to determine if alarms, lights, or vibrations are needed to wake a sleeping driver. You can read more about this hat here and here.

Tesla is expected to announce and display their new semi on November 16. Few details are available regarding the vehicle but it is guessed to have a range of up to 300 miles.

Winter is coming

Prepare for winter. Keep blankets in your truck to keep warm, chargers for your communication devices, and sand or kitty litter to help if you get stuck. For more information on what you can do to keep yourself safe and vehicle prepped for winter, see NHTSA’s winter weather tips here.

ELD mandate extension act

Representative Brian Babin (R-TX) has gone directly to president Donald Trump in an attempt to delay the ELD mandate. Representative Babin had created a bill back in July that was called the ELD Extension Act of 2017 but HR 3282 has stalled. We will monitor this situation closely as more details come out about what the President decides to do.

Truckers are also taking aim at the President regarding ELDs. Social Media has been the driving force behind this protest, and Facebook group called ELD or Me has about 20,000 members. The Twitter hashtag #ELDorME has also gained some support. A third effort via change.org has garnered 30,000 signatures. You can read about both here.

The EPA has issued a proposal to repeal regulations from the Obama-era Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 ruling that placed emissions requirements on glider kits. There are other rules from the nearly 1700 page GHG Phase 2 ruling that was released by the EPA in August of 2016 being questioned which could be repealed.

Keep your shiny side up!

There was plenty of other information rolling through this week. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know – email us at mailbag@truckstop.com.

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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.