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Diesel Prices Go Down While Rates Go Up

Diesel prices in the U.S. have hit a two-year low, averaging $3.76 per gallon, the lowest since January 2022, after peaking over $5 in early 2022 due to the Ukraine conflict. This marks the sixth consecutive week of price declines, with the most significant drops in California and the Midwest. Meanwhile, spot rates for trucking have seen slight increases despite the falling diesel prices, with overall rates still below last year’s figures and the five-year average. The cheapest diesel is found in the Gulf Coast region at $3.48 per gallon.

FMCSA’s New Online Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is developing a new online registration system to replace its outdated, paper-based processes and the incomplete Unified Registration System. This streamlined platform will consolidate all forms into a single online application, facilitating easier registration for interstate carriers. During a recent webinar, FMCSA officials showcased mockups of the new system, which includes tools to determine registration necessity, identity verification, and detailed business information submission. Additionally, FMCSA is implementing new fraud prevention measures, such as mailing PINs and requiring multi-factor authentication, to enhance security and integrity in the registration process.

Main Focus of the CVSA’s Brake Safety Week

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will hold its 2024 Brake Safety Week from August 25-31, focusing on the condition of brake linings and pads. This annual event aims to raise awareness about brake safety, enforce regulatory compliance, and collect data on brake-related violations. In 2023, 12.6% of inspected commercial vehicles were put out of service due to brake issues. During the week, CVSA-certified inspectors will conduct thorough inspections, emphasizing brake linings and pads, and some jurisdictions will use performance-based brake testers. The initiative includes educational efforts and resources to help drivers and motor carriers prepare, emphasizing proactive maintenance to enhance road safety.

States Where You Have to Share a Road with the Worst Drivers

A recent Forbes Advisor study identifies New Mexico as having the worst drivers in the U.S., with high rates of fatal crashes involving distracted driving, speeding, and drunk driving. Wyoming and Texas follow closely, with significant issues related to drowsy driving and DUI arrests. The study highlights that five of the top ten states with the worst drivers are in the South, while six of the top ten states with the best drivers are in the Northeast, with Massachusetts ranking as the best. The findings suggest a need for enhanced defensive driving practices in states with higher incidences of dangerous driving behaviors.