What the law says about big rigs parking on the road shoulder

I was recently asked about the laws governing truck parking along the highway. Last month an Oregon man died after crashing into a semi truck parked on the shoulder of OR Highway 201. There was a similar crash the month before, involving a mail truck and a parked big rig. The law about parking big rigs on highway Public highways are designed with a shoulder area suitable only for emergency stops. They are not designed to be parking spaces for semi-trucks or vehicles of any kind. You can only park on the shoulder of a highway in an emergency situation. Commercial drivers and motor carriers are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) or equivalent state-adopted laws. One federal

How marijuana laws have changed – but not for truck drivers

Laws in several states permit the sale and use of recreational marijuana. In another 31 states and Washington D.C., laws allow for medical marijuana. Oregon, Washington, and Colorado—the first states to legalize recreational marijuana—have had a 5.2% overall increase in crashes, according to an IIHS study. We are only beginning to understand the effect that marijuana legalization may have on the increasingly high number of motor vehicle crashes. But even now, marijuana is presenting some complicated problems for the trucking industry. Marijuana law for truckers Even though pot is widely available to purchase and consume, that doesn’t mean that truck drivers can use it. Federal law directly prohibits interstate truck drivers from using any Schedule I drug—which includes marijuana. What if a

Lowering the CDL age is not the answer to truck driver shortage

It is undisputed: there is a commercial truck driver shortage across the U.S. The Trump administration is pushing forward on a pilot program that would allow people as young as 18 years old to drive commercial trucks. The pilot program will train young people with military experience; it is laying the groundwork for lowering the minimum age to get a commercial driver’s license. But there are good reasons that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires commercial drivers to be at least 21 years old to drive big rigs across state lines. They are 3x more likely to cause a deadly crash. There is already about 500,000 truck crashes each year. 5,000 of those crashes involve a fatality. 130,000 involve injuries. Motor vehicle

Trump administration just shelved these trucking safety rules

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Trump on Trucking: Week One

In his first week in office, President Trump issued orders to executive agencies that affect trucking safety. Here’s what we know, so far. President Trump on Trucking Safety: Week 1 Shortly after his inauguration, President Trump issued an executive order freezing all pending federal regulations now in process. Any regulation signed by President Obama in his final weeks in office is on hold. The Trump administration promises to review them within 60 days. What does this mean for the trucking industry? On December 8, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a rule setting minimum training standards for new truck drivers. The new rule set CDL training standards and a classroom curriculum, as well as a requirement for truck driving proficiency. It was supposed to go

This trucking law starts in 2017 – and Trump (probably) won’t stop it …

Truckers and other commercial vehicle drivers are required by law to keep track of the number of hours they spend behind the wheel. Some drivers still use paper logs to record these metrics. After years of study, the FMCSA is requiring commercial truck drivers to switch from paper logs to an Electronic Logging Device (ELD), a computer record of the miles traveled, and time on the road. Trump administration may affect trucking industry – but not ELD The recent Presidential election has left many in trucking industry speculating about the effect of a Trump administration. Among those speculations: the ELD mandate may not go into effect as scheduled. Since the passage of MAP-21 in 2012, fleets have been preparing for the transition from


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