Supreme Court Denies Petition to Hear Electronic Logging Device Challenge

Electronic logging devices are in the news as the Supreme Court as the court came to the decision not to hold hearings. The issue surrounded around the Fourth Amendment as a petition had circulated asking the court to overturn a decision by a lower court regarding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD mandate.

Key Takeaways:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s request to take on the issue of the constitutionality of electronic logging devices.
  • Under the electronic logging device rule, motor carriers and drivers must transition to ELDs by Dec. 17 of this year.
  • The mandate will not improve safety. It will, however, be another costly regulatory burden heaped upon an already over-regulated industry.

“The mandate is the equivalent of warrantless surveillance of truckers and it violates their Fourth Amendment rights. That intrusion on the rights of hard-working Americans cannot be justified.”

Navistar Defense Lands $18.8M Contract for Medium Tactical Vehicles

Navistar Defense has landed an 18.8M contract for medium tactical vehicles. The U.S Army recently awarded Navistar Defense an 18.8 million foreign military sales contract in order to provide 115 international 7000-MV medium tactical vehicles to Iraq. The equipment is going to be used by Iraqi security forces.

Navistar Defense Lands $18.8M Contract for Medium Tactical Vehicles

Inside the oil analysis process

The oil analysis process is a very interesting one. Oil analysis is an interesting thing because it provides fact based information on the condition of the oil, and that can be used to determine the condition of the engine. That data will help to answer a bunch of questions that you need to know.

Key Takeaways:

  • oil analysis is the key to determine the condition of oil
  • your oil filter supplier usually provide fluid analysis
  • need to analyze the oil every 10,000 miles.

“Oil analysis provides fact-based information on the oil’s condition, which can then be used to determine the engine’s condition.”

State Fleet Managers Workshop to Focus on the Future of Fleet Management

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators will be holding a workshop in Iowa in September. It’s anticipated that self-driving vehicles will be a large topic of conversation as this growing technology hits the mainstream. Attendees are invited to review the NCSFA website for more information as the date draws closer.

Key Takeaways:

  • The workshop will be held September 12th – 14th in Des Moines, Iowa
  • The main focus will be on autonomous vehicles, cyber security, infrastructure, and liability
  • Iowa state university is hosting the workshop

“”Iowa is a hotbed of autonomous vehicle research and we are thankful to Iowa State University for hosting our 2017 workshop.””

What do fleets expect from their tires?

Fleets need good tires. If they don’t have those they will face many issues such as flats and the need to patch or replace tires. If you are getting together a fleet you need to get good tires and this will help. Choose carefully and you’ll have more success and will also save money on repairs.

Key Takeaways:

  • Commercial tires are designed to be retreaded multiple times. In a pure line haul operation, steer tires may reach up to 200,000 miles.
  • It is important for fleets to evaluate the various tire models to determine which tires give the highest treadwear in their specific fleet operation.
  • If tires are not being worn smoothly and evenly and the tires are bouncing down the highway, fuel economy is adversely affected.

“Cost per mile over the lifetime of the tire casing should be the ultimate factor in the decision.”

Texas Texting Ban Takes Effect in September

On September 1st, Texas will begin enforcing a no texting while driving law. A first-time offense can hold a fine of up to $99 but repeat offenses can be fined up to $200. Drivers will be banned from reading or using their phone to type etc. There are still three remaining states that have not adopted a “no texting while driving policy: Arizona, Missouri, and Montana.

Texas Texting Ban Takes Effect in September

FMCSA Yanks Minimum Insurance Rulemaking

After three years, the proposed change of rules regarding the amount of insurance that must be carried by trucking companies is being abandoned. Unable to determine in what way increased insurance would be of benefit to the public, the lawmakers have determined there is not support to move forward with the increased monetary obligation for trucking.

Key Takeaways:

  • More than three years after launching a rulemaking to increase minimum insurance requirements for trucking, the FMCSA is dropping the effort.
  • FMCSA had been seeking public comment on whether to exercise its discretion to increase the minimum levels and, if so, to what levels.
  • In the end, the effect of receiving so many unconvincing arguments over the past three years was worrisome enough to compel the agency to drop the matter.

“More than three years after launching a rulemaking to increase minimum insurance requirements for trucking, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is dropping the effort because it says it has not collected enough information to warrant going forward– at least for now.”

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