The Department of Transportation usually follows the jurisdiction prepared by the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) for the trucking industry especially when using the public roads. The jurisdiction created by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is applicable on vehicle operating within the workplace and not on the public roads. Additionally, the jurisdiction is applicable on the various intrastate trucking such as logging, agriculture, and sand haulers. The OSHA has right to apply rules on the transportation of hazardous materials travelling whether interstate or intrastate. Continue reading
Hauling large quantities of commodities over great distances or carrying smaller packages to streets, each transportation mode adopted continues to play an important role in the movement of freight. Whether measured by value, weight, or ton-miles of the composite estimates, trucking as a single mode (including for-hire and private use), seems to be the most frequently used mode. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), trucking dominates shipment distances of less than 500 miles while rail dominated the longer distance shipments. These trends and the below also gives an insightful message to truckers about their importance for the society’s economical growth. Paying truck tax to keep this going in accordance with Federal excise tax laws is equally important. Continue reading
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In the trucking industry, driver fatigue has been contributing actively in increasing the number of accidents year by year. One factor that attaches itself as a reason to this has been the issues in finding proper parking spaces so that drivers rest peacefully for the time they have to. When they don’t find the right parking space to rest, they may drive for longer hours than what is meant to be safe or may find themselves not sleeping calmly. In order to address this, the FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) is keen on developing a real-time parking information system currently and is supporting the ATRI (American Transportation Research Institute) in getting them the required information resources. Continue reading