Owner operator land monthly trucking news digest #121

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Written by Owner Operator Team

FMCSA grants HOS waivers for heating-fuel haulers in 45 states

On December 22, the FMCSA on Thursday issued a Regional Emergency Declaration in response to severe winter storms and high demand resulting in difficulty obtaining heating fuel in 45 states. Here you can find the whole list of affected jurisdictions included in this Emergency Declaration.

Truck driver restroom access bill introduced in House

The bill introduced by Representatives Troy Nehls (R-Texas) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pennsylvania) would require shippers and receivers to grant truck drivers access to the facility’s restrooms. Read more about this legislation here.

New $1.7 trillion spending bill includes new rules for CMV safety

On December 29, President Joe Biden signed a $1.7 trillion spending bill. It includes multiple items that affect the nation’s transportation network and the trucking industry. For example, the development of rules for improving the visibility of commercial trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds by requiring them to sport special reflective tape. Read more about the bill and its impact on the trucking industry here.

Truck thefts are on the rise in California, Texas, and Georgia

According to CargoNet, theft and fraud complaints between Aug.1 and Dec. 14 are up 27% year-over-year. Incidents were most common in Texas and California, tied at 18% of incidents in each state. In this post, you can find steps companies and truckers can take to reduce the theft risk. 

Paccar is recalling certain Peterbilt 579 trucks over mirror assembly issue

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, Paccar recalls more than 2,500 model year 2022-23 Peterbilt 579 trucks. Read more about its issue with mirror assemblies here.