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Illinois Trucking Association Leadership Program

Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard Associate Larry Hall recently completed the Illinois Trucking Association’s (ITA) Leadership Training Program. The multi-session program focuses on developing a range of leadership skills, meetings with ITA leadership, industry specific and communications training, and eduction on the promotion of the trucking industry. Larry was one of 15 graduates of the…

Fleets Cite Reduced Claims Costs Through Use of Emerging Technologies

A recent article by Seth Clevenger published in Transport Topics explores ways executives can improve fleet safety. Several fleet executives spoke at the 2016 ALK Transportation Technology Summit about how their investments in technology have significantly increased safety and reduced claims costs at their companies. The installation of onboard video cameras, collision mitigation systems, departure…

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Proposes Big Changes to Motor Carrier Safety Fitness Determinations

On January 15, 2016, the FMCA released a proposal to change the method for assigning motor carriers’ safety fitness determinations (SFD). Presently, a safety fitness determination (SFD) can only be made following an on-site compliance review. Compliance reviews are extremely labor intensive, and only a very small percentage of motor carriers can be evaluated every…

NHTSA’s Proposal to Upgrade Rear Impact Crash Protection to Have a Significant Impact on Accident Litigation

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking aimed at upgrading standards for underride protection in trailers and semi-trailers. NHTSA is looking to make the standards more stringent to improve underride protection in higher speed crashes. Although many trailers currently sold would be compatible with this…

New Electronic Logging Device Final Rule is Released

Yesterday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced and released the long awaited electronic logging device (ELD) final rule.  This final rule mandates use of ELDs by interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles who currently use a driver’s record of duty status (driver’s log) to record their hours of service.  Within two years, motor…

Peterbilt Recalls 2,000 Semi-Tractors Due to Speed/Tire Concerns

Peterbilt voluntarily recalled more than 2,000 semi-tractors because they can travel at speeds greater than their tires can safely handle.  The tractor recalls effect 2009-2016 model years because they can travel faster than 75 mph, even though the maximum speed their Michelin tires can handle is 65 mph.  The trucks at issue are primarily used…

A “Hairy” Debate Over Driver Drug and Alcohol Testing

Under current commercial trucking industry procedures, the only permitted method of drug and alcohol testing is a urinalysis. Some employers are performing hair testing for their own use, but must also conduct a duplicative urinalysis to satisfy federal requirements. This could soon be changing. The Drug Free Commercial Truck Driver Act of 2015 (S.806 and…

New CSA App Stirs Controversy

On March 17, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched the QCMobile app that allows users to retrieve data from the FMCSA’s network, including  carriers’ safety scores and other information kept as part of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program (CSA). While the app is aimed at law enforcement, safety inspectors and other professionals,…

Risk Management for Trucking and Transportation Companies is About More Than Driver Training and Supervision

When starting any business, especially a family business, the main concern is usually securing enough capital. In that pursuit, however, one thing often overlooked is the protection of those assets through adequate insurance and corporate form (e.g. partnership, corporation, limited liability company). In this article, we examine a recent Illinois case highlighting the potentially devastating…

FMCSA Minimum Insurance Requirement Remains Unchanged – For the Time Being

In 1985, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration set a $750,000 minimum insurance requirement for motor vehicle carriers.  Earlier in 2014, there was discussion that a new rule would be promulgated raising the limit above $1 million to reflect inflationary rates.  The new limit was expected to be released this Fall, but has been delayed…

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