What is the Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program?

Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently working in partnership with the United States military to recruit 18 to 20-year-old commercial drivers. The Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program will run for three years. During this timeframe, program recruits will have the legal authority to operate commercial vehicles interstate.

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Alabama to allow 18 to 21-year-olds to drive CMVs intrastate

18 to 21-year-olds will be allowed to drive CMVs intrastate in Alabama.

On May 15, 2019, the Alabama legislature passed a bill that would lower the age a driver can apply for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for intrastate truck driving from 21 to 18. The Senate passed the bill 24-0 while the House voted 96-1 in favor of passage. Governor Kay Ivey is expected to sign the bill with an effective date of February 17, 2020. Hawaii is now the only state that imposes a minimum age of 21 to obtain an intrastate CDL.

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What is the Unified Registration System?

Find out what the Unified Registration System (URS) is.

The Unified Registration System (URS) was created to simplify and streamline the registration process required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This online process is designed to integrate several different registration procedures to make registering a commercial vehicle more efficient. The URS works as a portal for registration and a database on all regulated organizations and entities, including fleets, motor carriers, intermodal equipment providers (IEPs), and related businesses.

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What is the ELD rule and who is exempt from it?

Find out about the ELD rule and the few exemptions.

Congress passed a bill in 2012 that increased qualifications to receive federal highway funding. Known as MAP-21, or Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st century, the bill required the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) to make it mandatory for commercial truckers to maintain an electronic logging device (ELD) – in other words, the ELD rule.

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How can a motor carrier be sure an ELD is compliant?

Make sure that your ELD device complies with the law.

Most motor carriers are required to utilize an electronic logging device (ELD) in their vehicles. However, understanding all of the associated rules can be difficult. Below is some information to help you make sure you are fully compliant with this law.

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FMCSA to allow trucks to replace rear-view mirrors with cameras

Find out how cameras could replace traditional rear-view mirrors.

Rear-view mirrors on trucks are a standard safety measure, but one that has limitations. In some cases, a camera system has a wider range of view and can enhance safety. In a recent ruling, the Federal Motor Safety Association (FMCSA) agreed to allow large trucks and carriers to use high tech camera systems in place of the traditional dual mirror setup.

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How the government shutdown is affecting the transportation industry

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The news has been going wild with reports of the government shutdown, which began on December 22, 2018. Many people have been affected by the partial shutdown, and it still seems unclear how long the shutdown will last. The DOT, like many government agencies, has been affected by the partial shutdown, although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration have not been greatly impacted. We’ll explain how the government shutdown has affected the DOT, the FMCSA, and the FHWA.

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Looking ahead: Trucking trends coming your way in 2019

Check out these trucking trends that will be coming your way in 2019.

From concerns about the shortage of qualified drivers (which will continue to grow as Baby Boomers retire) to the continued development of autonomous vehicle technology, 2019 is all about technology and people. What can you expect to hear about in the year to come – and which trucking trends will directly impact your business? A few of the most prevalent are outlined below.

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What do autonomous trucks mean for the trucking industry?

Autonomous trucks could affect the trucking industry.

Tesla, Uber, Volvo, and GM have all either rolled out an autonomous truck or have one in the works – and they are not alone. Most automotive brands are including some form of autonomous vehicle for deliveries in their coming lineup. What does this shift towards self-driving capabilities mean for the industry and for drivers? A few key points to consider about autonomous trucks are detailed below.

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Progressive rolls out Smart-Haul program for ELD-based truck insurance

Progressive recently launched an ELD-based insurance program.

Progressive Insurance recently rolled out a new program called Smart Haul® that gives qualifying truckers a discount on their commercial truck policy for signing up and sharing their Electronic Logging Device (ELD) driving data. The program provides a three percent discount for sharing ELD data. According to Progressive, most customers save an average of $1,384 a year with the Smart Haul® program. But, should you sign up?

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