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Semi Truck Driveway

Indiana town bucks the trend by voting down truck parking ban

While a growing number of cities are choosing to restrict truck parking in residential and commercial areas, an Indiana town recently voted against a proposed ordinance that would have prevented truckers from parking in their own driveways.

A major transportation safety group weighed in on new HOS rules — and they...

A federal transportation safety group has weighed in on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) proposed changes to Hours of Service regulations and found that there is "no evidence" that the changes will improve highway safety. 
Michigan State Police

Controversial Michigan roadside drug testing kicks off statewide this week

Law enforcement officers across the state of Michigan will be able to conduct roadside drug testing on drivers, starting this week -- in spite of the the fact that the results of the roadside saliva tests have not always aligned with the results from later blood tests.
Milton WI Truck Parking

Wisconsin town outlaws semi truck parking on all but one city street

The city of Milton, Wisconsin, passed an ordinance this week that will ban almost all semi truck parking on city streets.
Drug and Alcohol Database

Voluntary registration for FMCSA drug and alcohol database opens, mandatory compliance date looms

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has opened registration for its Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.
CHP Scale

Can you bypass scales when traffic is backed up? CHP weighs in — and...

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently stirred up a social media firestorm with a Facebook post about the legality of bypassing a scale house when traffic is backed up.
Hellertown, PA

Court upholds $14K overweight fine for trucker who followed GPS

A Pennsylvania court has ruled against a truck driver who is accused of driving a 30 ton truck on a 6 ton weight limit road.
Smog Check Bill

California passes law requiring ‘smog checks’ for semis

California lawmakers have passed a 'smog check' bill that will crack down on diesel trucks that operate within the state.
I-75 Enforcement

Kentucky police announce year-long interstate enforcement for cars and trucks

Multiple law enforcement agencies in Kentucky will be kicking off a year-long driver-focused enforcement campaign.
NH Trooper in a Truck

Troopers are teaming up with truckers to catch texting drivers next week

The New Hampshire State Police announced that they're collaborating with a local trucking company to nab distracted drivers next week.
4 trucking mandates

Trucking groups demand lawmakers defeat four ‘excessively burdensome’ bills

A group of 31 trucking and trade associations penned a letter to Congress asking for lawmakers to put a stop to four controversial bills.
Dangerous Pedestrians

Michigan police to crack down on dangerous pedestrians

Authorities in Michigan say that they are participating in a week-long enforcement campaign to cut down on pedestrian violations that are likely to increase the risk of a crash.
Merging and passing

Passing and merging — this video teaches truckers how to do it the right...

The team at Smart Trucking recently shared a new video outlining the basics of passing and merging when you're driving a big rig.
Scam Alert

Truckers, don’t be fooled by that DOT letter scam

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has issued a scam alert about fraudulent marketers who are trying to trick truckers into paying for a free service.
I-70 Pileup Driver

Truck driver in I-70 pileup wants to meet with the families of crash victims...

A truck driver who facing dozens of charges for a deadly pileup crash in April says that he wants to meet with the families of the crash victims before he goes to trial.
CHP warning

Troopers say they’re citing drivers for leaving behind ‘absolutely disgusting’ trash

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a warning to drivers who leave behind bags of human waste and other trash along the side of the freeway.

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