The Transportation Professional

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DEF sensor failures sideline thousands of trucks

From Transport Topics. Ongoing shortages of replacement parts for failed diesel exhaust fluid quality sensors are believed to be causing thousands of trucks nationwide to be disabled and parked. The sensors, which measure the quality and level of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) in the tank, normally retail for roughly $300. But due to global computer […]

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FMCSA awards $76 Million in CMV safety grants

From Transport Topics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded more than $76 million in grants to states and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor vehicle safety. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, plus the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are […]

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Analyzing the forthcoming OSHA COVID-19 vaccine requirement

From MG+M The Law Firm. On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a new plan to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Known as the “Path Out of the Pandemic,” the plan contains six major strategic points that the president hopes will help advance the country’s pandemic recovery. The six strategic points outlined in President Biden’s plan […]

Used truck prices at post-Recession high with appreciation climbing

From Overdrive Online. The Class 8 auction market heats up more each month, and retail selling prices continue to crush records as the industry stands at the confluence of a strong freight market, an inadequate supply of low- to average-mileage used trucks and a shortage of drivers. J.D. Power Senior Analyst and Product Manager of […]

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MTAC files brief with US Supreme Court

MTAC and its affiliated state trucking associations have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. The amicus brief asks the Court to accept the California Trucking Association’s (CTA) petition for writ of certiorari, which means CTA wants the Supreme Court to agree to hear an appeal of a ruling from the Ninth Circuit […]

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IRS per diem rate going up by $3 next month

From Freight Waves. For the first time in three years, the allowable driver per diem is going up. The Internal Revenue Service said the per diem for transportation workers in the 2021-22 period will be rising to $69 for travel in the continental U.S. and up to $74 for travel outside the continental U.S. Both […]

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The importance of records-keeping in accordance with federal regulation

Legal Alert from MG+M The Law Firm. A recent denial of a petition to the First Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals shows just how important it is for carriers to conduct business as accurately as practicable. An interstate trucking company petitioned the court to examine a determination from the Federal Motor Carrier […]

Trucking industry asked to rank top concerns

From ATRI. Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, today launched the 2021 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with potential strategies for addressing each issue. Now in its 17th year, ATRI’s […]

3G cellular network sunsetting raises concerns in trucking

From Transport Topics. While the timing is expected to vary, many wireless cellular providers plan to phase out or “sunset” their remaining 2G and existing 3G networks early next year, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Because of that upcoming move, telecommunications experts told Transport Topics trucking fleet owners and operators need to begin planning […]

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Clearinghouse reporting reveals deficiencies in carrier drug and alcohol programs

From Freight Waves. Through June 30, 2021, 85,745 drug and alcohol violations had been reported to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse since its launch on Jan. 6, 2020. Of those, 2,183 have been a result of a fleet reporting “actual knowledge” of a violation, and 12,448 have been for a […]