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FMCSA raises fines; EPA tests cleared

August 8, 2019

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LLN (8/8/19) –
The FMCSA raises fines for several offenses. Also, a new report clears the EPA of wrongdoing in testing glider kits. Later this month, FMCSA will be at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Three states change laws to ease rules for truck platooning, while a push is underway to enforce rules for truck passengers. Louisiana gets a shot in the arm for state infrastructure, and a new Oklahoma law would end trains blocking traffic. We have information about upcoming truck shows. And a program that allows you to have some accidents that are not your fault removed from your CSA scores is likely to be extended.

0:00-10:10 – Newscast.

10:10-24:59 – FMCSA raises fines; EPA cleared in glider tests; FMCSA at GATS.

24:59 -39:14 – Truck platoons; Louisiana road funds; Oklahoma trains.

39:14-49:07 – Truck passenger rules; Crash Preventability Program.

Segment 1

Newscast

  • The OOIDA Foundation has EPA grants to pay for 25% of the cost for an auxiliary power unit. Drivers need to have a model year 1996 through 2006 truck, and be based in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa or Nebraska. OOIDA membership is not required, but OOIDA members can get discounts on EPA-approved units.
  • TA & Petro is seeking nominations for its annual Citizen Driver Award. The award honors truckers for a lifetime of safety, community involvement and service to others. Nominations for next year’s awards are open through Aug. 31. You can find more information and submit a nomination online.

Segment 2

A new report clears the EPA of any wrongdoing in its testing of glider kits. Terry Scruton talks about that – plus fine increases from the FMCSA and a look at what’s happening at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas – with Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Segment 3

Three additional states are changing laws to accommodate truck platooning. Meanwhile, Louisiana gets a much-needed shot in the arm for state infrastructure, and a new law takes effect in Oklahoma to put an end to trains blocking traffic. Mary McKenna talks with our state legislative expert Keith Goble.

Segment 4

A push is underway to enforce rules for truck passengers. Plus, a program that allows you to have some accidents that are not your fault removed from your CSA scores is likely to be extended. Mark Reddig covers both with OOIDA Director of Safety and Security Operations Doug Morris.

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