News, Interviews, and Happenings From The Trucking World

Sorted By:

Tag

Trucking Industry Concerns (44) Trucking News (32) Truckers Technology (31) FMCSA (29) Autonomous Trucks (19) Trucking Accidents (19) Hours Of Service (18) Self-Driving Vehicles (18) Truck Driver Safety (17) Advice For New Truck Drivers (15) Adverse Conditions (14) Truck Equipment (13) Driver Solutions (13) Life On The Road (13) Driver Responsibilities (13) Owner Operator (12) The Economy And Politics (12) Safe Driving Tips (11) Hard Lessons Learned (11) Truck Driver Training (10) DOT (10) Understanding The Laws (10) Truck Maintenance (8) Truck Stops (8) Choosing A Trucking Company (7) Truck Driver Salary (7) Electric Semi (7) Becoming A Truck Driver (7) Swift Transport (7) Changing Careers (7) Electronic Logbooks (7) Dealing With The Weather (6) Trip Planning (6) Truck Driving Stories (6) Distracted Driving (5) CDL Qualifications (5) Split Sleeper Berth Rule (5) Women In Trucking (5) Drug and Alcohol Testing (5) Trailers (5) Medical Certification (5) Getting Your CDL (4) Safe Haven (4) CDL Exam (4) Military Veterans In Trucking (4) CDL Training (4) Truck Driving Lifestyle (4) TMC Transportation (4) Knight Transport (4) Logbook Questions (3) Schneider National (3) DOT Physical (3) Time Management (3) Prime Inc (3) First Solo Months On The Road (3) Tips for Parking (3) Health Concerns (3) Pre-trip inspection (PTI) (3) Cell Phone & Wireless (3) NYC (3) JB Hunt (3) Background Checks (3) Maverick Transport (2) Videos (2) CR England (2) Load Securement (2) Unions In Trucking (2) Pre-Employment Screening Program (2) US Xpress Transport (2) Dry van (2) Regional Jobs (2) Return-to-Duty (2) Dispatcher Issues (2) PAM Transport (2) Company Trainers (2) Guns In Trucking (2) Leasing A Truck (2) May Trucking (2) CDL Test Preparation (2) Team Driving (2) Older truck drivers (2) Trucker's Family Matters (1) GPS Systems (1) ODFL (1) Local CDL Drivers (1) Tips For Shifting (1) CDL Endorsements (1) Automatic Transmissions (1) Winter Driving Tips (1) First Truck Driving Job (1) HAZMAT (1) Cameras (1) Hair Follicle Drug Testing (1) Attending Truck Driving School (1) CSA (1) Gordon Trucking (1) Tips For Backing (1) KLLM Transport (1) Home Time (1) CRST Van Expedited (1) LTL Driving (1) Company Sponsored CDL Training (1) Free CDL Training (1) Choosing A Truck Driving School (1) Items To Bring On The Road (1) SAP (1) Sleep Apnea (1) On The Road In Training (1) Firearms (1) Weapons (1) Dealing With The Boss (1) Exercise and Fitness (1) CDL Pre-Hire (1) Per Diem Pay (1) Truck Drivers Tax Questions (1) Drivers Past Legal Issues (1) Driving Record Issues (1) Food & Eating On The Road (1) Doubles and Triples (1) Recruiter Issues (1) Crete Carrier (1) Roehl Transport (1) Werner Enterprises (1) Refrigerated (1)

Author

Date

Friday Short Haul - New eCascadias, Top cities for truck driver jobs, Push against driverless trucks 8/23/2019 Decision on California drivers' employee/contractor status coming down to the wire 8/21/2019 UPS jumps on autonomous bandwagon with TuSimple investment 8/19/2019 FMCSA publishes proposed HOS rule changes 8/16/2019 Fleets, drivers coming to like automated manual transmissions 8/14/2019 CVSA asks for new truck crash study 8/12/2019 Friday Short Haul - HOS revisions delayed, AEB mandate proposed, Koch sued for sex discrimination 8/9/2019 Kodiak Robotics takes lead in autonomous truck industry race 8/7/2019 New York City combats rash of cyclist/truck clashes 8/5/2019 Friday Short Haul - CRST wins lawsuit, OOIDA opposes insurance hike, UPSNav 8/2/2019 Mechanics shortage equals driver shortage in intensity 7/31/2019 DOT announces almost 1$ billion in grants to fix infrastructure 7/29/2019 Friday Short Haul - DOL on sleeper pay, UPS drone delivery, Geowiz ELDs 7/26/2019 FMCSA takes a look at assault, harassment of female and minority drivers 7/24/2019 It's hot out there, what's a trucker to do? Can't idle. 7/22/2019 Friday Short Haul - Utah truck rollovers, aging truckers, lifetime CDL bans 7/19/2019 Truck-mounted LED billboards coming under fire 7/17/2019 Trucker 'drones on' with unique approach to teaching driving skills 7/15/2019 Friday Short Haul - Rhode Island tolls, human smuggling, contractor vs employee status 7/12/2019 ELD mandate deadline looming, many still not compliant 7/10/2019 New "boot" device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters 7/8/2019 Friday Short Haul - Prime Inc vs Amazon, mother fights HOS changes, truck drivers appreciation week 7/5/2019 Proper way to fly the American flag on your truck this Fourth of July 7/3/2019 Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks? 7/1/2019 Friday Short Haul - Skills test proposal, driver shortage, hemp sentencing, driverless trucks 6/28/2019 Experts warn of active wildland fire season 6/26/2019 More states signing on to enlist truckers against human trafficking 6/24/2019 Friday Short Haul - Shippers of Choice, insurance rates, wheel spikes, WIT award 6/21/2019 Freight numbers not holding up to 2018's highs 6/19/2019 Truck safety group urges purges of drug abuse drivers 6/17/2019 Friday Short Haul - Self-driving certificate, truck platooning, trade war stacking up cargo 6/14/2019 HOS waiver coming soon for fireworks haulers 6/12/2019 FMCSA takes a further look at detention time 6/10/2019 Friday Short Haul - Autonomous delivery, HOS rules changes, CDL retest 6/7/2019 Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week 6/5/2019 Hemp arrest prompts USDA memo 6/3/2019 Friday Short Haul - Waymo big rigs, Move over sting, Under-21 comments 5/31/2019 Severe weather prompts renewed emergency declaration 5/29/2019 Memorial Day holiday is prime time for cargo thefts 5/25/2019 Friday Short Haul - Hauling hemp, road rage fatality, new rules for autonomous vehicles 5/24/2019 Autonomous trucks on USPS test run 5/22/2019 Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules 5/20/2019 Friday Short Haul - FMCSA under-21 comments, Tesla autonomous car crash, 24,000 drivers sign contract with YRC 5/17/2019 Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA 5/15/2019 Trucker Buddy program matches drivers with a classroom; everyone wins 5/13/2019 Friday Short Haul - Driver awarded $80 million, ODFL driver wins, loading dock black hole 5/10/2019 Storm breaks out from Rockies, slams into Midwest, South 5/8/2019 Capacity issues have shippers looking at private fleets 5/6/2019 Friday Short Haul - HOS rules, dark skies, Falcon drivers 5/3/2019 'Bug' permits now required for four eastern states 5/1/2019 Simulator use is catching on for schools, carriers 4/29/2019 Friday Short Haul - Thinking electric, Penske opens charging station, border crossing crisis, railroads taking trucking business 4/26/2019 ELDs might not be the panacea that was hoped for 4/24/2019 Truck drivers may soon see "phantoms" driving yard trucks 4/22/2019 Friday Short Haul - Nikola big rigs, WIT welcomes Peterbilt, Oregon crashes, Border crossings 4/19/2019 Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels 4/17/2019 Uber's IPO application reveals interesting data about its freight brokerage business 4/15/2019 Friday Short Haul - CDL examiner arrested, tolls proposed for trucks, marijuana use on the rise 4/12/2019 Smart Load Board will get carriers the loads they need 4/10/2019 Huge lines and long wait times greet carriers at Mexico border 4/8/2019 Friday Short Haul - Marijuana, ATA campaign, personal conveyance rules 4/5/2019 Over-the-air downloads revolutionize parameter updates 4/3/2019 Don't get scammed by skimmers 4/1/2019 Friday Short Haul -- New Cascadias honored, motorist survey, U.S, Xpress awarded, rest stop parking 3/29/2019 Legislators address underride collisions, propose more underguards for trucks, trailers 3/27/2019 Motorists soon may encounter a different kind of truck convoy 3/25/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap 3/22/2019 Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising 3/20/2019 FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website 3/18/2019 Friday Short Haul - Swift settlement, driver shortage myth, TCA Best Fleet award 3/15/2019 The hidden danger of looking but not seeing 3/13/2019 Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout 3/11/2019 3/9/2019 3/9/2019 Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire 3/8/2019 Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases 3/6/2019 Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness 3/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports 3/1/2019 New tax changes hit drivers hard 2/27/2019 FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military 2/25/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use 2/22/2019 Congress committee looks at state of America's highways 2/20/2019 Number of cargo thefts is down; but dollar value about the same 2/18/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks 2/15/2019 Detention - A problem still in search of a solution 2/13/2019 February Highway Angels honorees named 2/11/2019 Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets 2/8/2019 Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage? 2/6/2019 Long CDL testing wait times cost economy billions of dollars; not helping driver shortage 2/4/2019 Friday Short Haul -- Walmart hiring, Uber Freight App, Speed-limiter Law, America's Road Team 2/1/2019 Cranking -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly 1/30/2019 California survives challenge to its low-carbon fuel standards 1/28/2019 Friday Short Haul - Highway robbery ... autonomous trucks ... new trailers 1/25/2019 LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30 1/23/2019 2019 Looks Good For The Transportation Industry 1/21/2019 Raymond Burt named TMC Trainer of the Month for February 2018 3/28/2018 TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award 3/7/2018 TMC Transportation Named The Home Depot’s Flatbed Carrier of the Year For Fourth Straight Year 2/28/2018 Pay Raises & New Peterbilts for PAM Drivers 2/26/2018 New DOT Drug Testing Rules Effective Jan 1, 2018 1/11/2018 Amtrak Derailment: Trucks Haul 270,000 Pound Locomotive Engine During Cleanup 12/21/2017 Pepsi Places Largest Order Yet For Tesla Electric Trucks 12/12/2017 Kavin Hallett named Trainer of the Month for October 2017 12/8/2017 Over 100,000 Truck Drivers Likely Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea And More Testing Is On The Way 8/10/2017 Drivers Share Their Best Tips, Tricks, And Secrets For Life On The Road 7/18/2017 Drivers Are Losing Money By Taking The Wrong Approach 7/13/2017 Truckers and Guns: What Is and Is Not Legal 7/6/2017 Preparing To Go Solo For The First Time? Experienced Drivers Share Their Best Advice 6/29/2017 The Truck Stop Survival Guide: Advice From Experienced Drivers 6/15/2017 The Worst Cities For Traffic In The U.S. For 2017 6/8/2017 We Ask Drivers How They Would Make The Logbook Rules Better 5/30/2017 Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon 5/25/2017 11/30/-0001

Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire

Dave Wickenhauser on Fri, March 8, 2019

Last Updated: Tue, April 16, 2019

Snow on the roof may be ticketable offense

Failing to remove snow or ice from your truck may cause an accident, but also may earn you a ticket in some states.

This reminder comes from the Taunton (Massachusetts) Police Department on its Facebook page after a sheet of ice that sheered off of a box truck smashed through a driver's windshield.

The driver sustained minor injuries and was covered in glass.

The box truck driver did not stop, and police are continuing to investigate.

Police Chief Edward Walsh says that they understand that clearing snow can be difficult, but that failure to do so may result in the driver being stopped by police and cited.

Not all states require by

  • Connecticut -- Any operator who fails to remove accumulated ice or snow that poses such a threat shall be fined seventy-five dollars. If snow or ice flying from vehicles results in injury or property damage, the penalties for commercial drivers are $500 to $1,250.
  • Georgia -- A traffic citation would be at the officer's discretion. If a vehicle has snow/ice accumulation that weight would be included, with the vehicle's owner potentially cited for overweight.
  • Massachusetts -- Failure to remove snow from the top of a vehicle could result in a $35 citation from an officer and, in some cases, if shards of hardened snow and debris lead to an accident, or damage another vehicle, criminal charges could apply.
  • Michigan -- Snow/ice accumulation could result in an overweight situation if near limits. There could be a citation if excessive amounts of falling snow/ice interfered with traffic, which would be applicable to all motor vehicles.
  • Nebraska -- A warning ticket is issued for a truck that is 5 percent or less over gross weight. The minimum ticket is $25 plus court costs of $45. In an active storm, enforcement officers will allow drivers to clear snow/ice buildup prior to reweighing.
  • New Hampshire -- Anyone guilty of a violation shall be fined not less than $250 nor more than $500 for a first offense, and not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense.
  • New Jersey -- The operator, owner, lessee, bailee or any one of the aforesaid of a commercial motor vehicle shall be subject to a fine of not less than $500 or more than $1,500 for each offense.
  • Pennsylvania -- Fines of $200-$1,000 per offense.
  • The American Trucking Associations has provided a PDF list of all the states, their offenses, and penalties.

    Trucks ticketed for bypassing new Delaware toll road

    Some truckers driving through Delaware were given special attention recently – those who tried to avoid paying a toll on the newly opened U.S. Route 301 toll road.

    The Delaware State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Unit and the Maryland State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit conducted a two-day operation on February 28 and March 1 where they stopped 85 commercial motor vehicles that were observed to have bypassed the tolls.

    The price these drivers paid was to be subjected to vehicle inspections. 77 received traffic citations, and there were 50 written warnings given out for various offenses. Two trucks and one driver were put out of service for being unsafe.

    The agencies staggered their hours over a period from 5 am to midnight. They say they will conduct further operations in the future.

    Waze app under fire from NYPD

    Waze, everyone's favorite driving app that warns them of police lurking on the road ahead, is being challenged by the New York Police Department.

    Motorists have long been known to flash their lights to warn of a speed trap ahead for oncoming cars. And truckers fill the airwaves with calls of "Bear in the bushes," or some such variation on their CBs.

    But technology, with the help of Google's app, Waze, has trumped all those earlier attempts to warn drivers of cops ahead, with a much more efficient system. Waze is a user-submitted cellphone app that allows drivers to report things ahead like cops on the side of the road, speed traps, and DWI checkpoints so that other drivers are forewarned.

    And NYPD doesn't like it.

    In a recent New York Times article, the NYPD's acting deputy commissioner for legal matters, Ann P. Prunty, presented Google with a demand letter to remove that feature from Waze.

    “The posting of such information for public consumption is irresponsible since it only serves to aid impaired and intoxicated drivers to evade checkpoints and encourage reckless driving. Revealing the location of checkpoints puts those drivers, their passengers, and the general public at risk," the letter stated.

    Prunty further indicated that Google's refusal to do so would result in NYPD pursuing legal remedies to force Google to alter the app.

    This will be an extremely interesting case to follow if it is taken to that point, considering the 1st Amendment implications, as NYPD will be faced with the job of proving the difference between using the Waze app and simply flashing lights, picking up a CB mike, or making a phone call.

    Sources: Taunton Police Facebook, ATA, Delaware State Police, New Orleans City Business

    Tagged Under:

    Adverse Conditions Cell Phone & Wireless Dealing With The Weather NYC Truckers Technology Trucking Accidents

    Join Us!

    We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
    High Road Training Program Logo
    • The High Road Training Program
    • The High Road Article Series
    • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
    • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

    Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

    Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

    Apply For Paid CDL Training

    About Us

    TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

    Read More

    Becoming A Truck Driver

    Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

    Learn More