Driver and Cargo Security During COVID-19

It is very important during this unprecedented time we are experiencing to realize how important security methods are to our drivers. We would like to think that during this emergency crisis that no one would use this opportunity to harm a driver, steal cargo, or … Read More

Oversize Permit Issuance During COVID-19

Updated 4/1/20, 10:00 a.m. Government agencies, including US state and Canadian province permit offices, have some changes to their day-to-day operations and permit issuance plans during the COVID-19 outbreak. Agencies are staying in direct contact with transportation companies, permit agencies and organizations such as the … Read More

Michigan Spring Weight Restrictions Update

Effective 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state truck line highways within an area of Michigan described as follows. Highways north of a line on M-43 in the City of South Haven east to US-131 in Kalamazoo … Read More

Indiana Delays on Oversize/Overweight Permits

The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is advising all to expect delays on oversize/overweight permits. They stated that although most OS/OW permits are issued in three business days, permits with more complex routes that require INDOT district approval will take additional time to process. They … Read More

Truck drivers, have you asked yourself lately if your brakes are ready for the day? Some may answer no and there may be some uncertainty with that question, especially with some recent data released by the CVSA about the number of vehicles removed from the road for brake-related violations. But don't worry, with some specific brake tips and an inspection checklist, you'll be ready to hit the road. Tools You Need to Inspect Your Brakes: Blocks/chocks to place behind tires Chalk to mark push-rods Small ruler to measure push-rod travel and brake linings Brake application device (to apply brakes) or a “second” person to assist Before You Inspect: Park on a level road surface Block/chock the tractor wheel(s) and trailer wheel(s), if hooked Confirm air pressure at 90-100 psi Shut off engine – Remove keys from ignition Release spring (parking) brakes Check each brake to confirm normal released position Listen for air leaks Inspect for: Chaffing/rubbing air hoses against other hoses and/or other components Hoses that are worn to second color or nylon braids are visible Damaged, broken, or missing components; i.e. broken brake chamber bracket, missing clevis pin, hanging slack adjuster Brake pads/linings; Air Drum brake pad, measured at the center, must be above ¼ inch. Air Disk brake, must be above 1/8 inch. Cracked pads/linings or rust-jacked lining from shoe (upper & lower) Excessive up/down & sideways movement on the camshaft (worn bushings) Rusted drum due to inoperative brake External cracks on the brake drum Rusted (holes) brake chamber Measure the Push-Rod Travel Stroke by: Check air pressure gauges are holding 90-100 psi Make certain spring (parking) brakes are fully released Confirm you’ve made a chalk mark on each push-rod at the rear of the brake chamber Via the brake pedal apply full (service) brake application (approx. 80 psi) Measure distance from the chalk mark to rear of brake chamber Confirm travel is within DOT Standards via brake chamber size & if short or long stroke: May's Brake Safety Inspection Data In May, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) law enforcement members conducted 10,358 commercial motor vehicle inspections focused on identifying brake system violations. Of those inspections, 16.1% of vehicles had brake-related critical vehicle inspection items. Those 1,667 vehicles were placed out of service until the violations could be corrected. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), over half a million commercial motor vehicle violations in 2017 were related to brakes. CVSA aims to call attention to this serious issue through its targeted brake safety enforcement and awareness campaigns, such as the May 15 unannounced inspection blitz. This enforcement initiative highlights the work that's done by inspectors every day to keep roadways safe. Checking brake systems and their components is always part of roadside vehicle inspections. Inspectors also paid close attention to violations involving brake hoses/tubing, including the following from May's unannounced blitz: 996 units with chafed rubber hose violations. 185 units had chafed thermoplastic hose violations. 1,125 violations of 49 Code of Federal Regulations § 393.45 and Canadian equivalent violations that included chafed rubber hoses. 124 violations of 49 Code of Federal Regulations § 393.45 and Canadian equivalent violations that included kinked thermoplastic hoses.  

Truck drivers, have you asked yourself lately if your brakes are ready for the day? Some may answer no and there may be some uncertainty with that question, especially with some recent data released by the CVSA about the number of vehicles removed from the … Read More

HOS Regs Suspended for Hurricane Barry Relief

The U.S. DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a regional emergency declaration that suspends hours of service regulations for relief loads and supplies to areas affected by Hurricane Barry. Size and weight regulations have been lifted for truck drivers hauling relief loads … Read More

Tropical Storm Barry to Affect Travel, Truck Stops

Tropical Storm Barry will bring rainfall and wind hazards to the central Gulf Coast for several days affecting truck travel and some truck stop operations in the Louisiana area. Due to the slow movement of the system, the area is expect to get hit with … Read More

IN Police Take No Mercy on Speeding Truckers

Indiana has a reputation for having no mercy on speeders, including truckers. According to a recent article in Transport Topics, over the past two years, more than 46,000 speeding violations were issued to truck drivers going too fast in Indiana. The citations were mostly issued … Read More

Pilot Flying J Adds Location in Kermit, TX

Pilot Flying J announced its newest Flying J open now in Kermit, TX. The addition of this location brings the travel center’s Texas network total to 72 locations and adds over 81 truck parking spaces to Pilot Flying J’s more than 73,000 parking spaces for the trucking industry.  … Read More

Michigan Police Targeting Unsafe Truckers

Michigan state law enforcement will target unsafe truckers along the I-94 corridor between Jackson and Detroit this month.  The two-week enforcement, June 3-7 and June 10-14 from 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day, will focus on unsafe truck driving behavior. The campaign, “Ticketing Aggressive Cars … Read More