Poster of a truck for our Trucking News Round-Up for January 2024.What’s New in Trucking

Welcome to our January trucking news roundup of what we think are the most compelling news stories shaping the trucking industry. As the new year unfolds, the regulatory landscape continues to evolve, impacting operations across the board. From crucial updates on regulations to discussions around truck parking solutions and ongoing efforts to enhance trucking safety, enjoy valuable insights into the trends and challenges driving the industry forward. Grab a cup of coffee and delve into the headlines below to stay informed and engaged with the latest developments in trucking.

Trucking Regulation & Enforcement

California cops must immediately state reason for traffic stop under law going into effect January 1 – “A new law going into effect next week will require California cops to immediately state the reason for a traffic stop before asking the driver any questions.”

Iowa State Patrol shows off new I-80 CMV inspection facilities – “The Iowa State Patrol Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit is opening two new I-80 CMV inspection facilities.”

FMCSA still moving ahead with controversial CMV speed limiter mandate – “The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) signaled that it will move forward with a CMV speed limiter mandate this spring.”

Trucking Safety

New study finds which generation of motorists is most prone to road rage – “A new study conducted by dash cam specialists Nextbase found that almost two-thirds (64.5%) of motorists surveyed have fallen victim to aggressive driving, or road rage.”

Truck Drivers Nearly Unanimous that Highway Safety Problems Persist in N. Ontario – “The survey, which included about 680 participants, asked truck drivers – particularly those who drive and operate on highways 11 and 17 – to play a critical role in identifying safety and infrastructure problems as well as outlining potential solutions to the issues affecting Northern Ontario.”

Truck Parking

USDOT announces nearly $300 million in funding to build hundreds of truck parking spaces in multiple states – “The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that millions of dollars of grant funding has been awarded to fund the building of hundreds of truck parking spaces in multiple states.”

TA opens Arizona truck stop with 70 truck parking spaces – “TravelCenters of America (TA) announced the opening of an Arizona truck stop with 70 truck parking spaces.”

Love’s to add 20 new truck stops in 2024 with up to 2000 new truck parking spaces – “Love’s Travel Stops plans to add dozens of new truck stops in 2024, bringing as many as 2000 new truck parking spaces to the company’s network.”

TA Express opens off I-5 near U.S.-Canada border in Washington – “TravelCenters of America, part of the bp family of brands, announced the recent opening of a new TA Express in Blaine, Washington.”

Ohio to shut down multiple rest area locations until 2025 – “The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will shutter several rest area locations next week to allow for demolition and construction.”

Interesting Trucking News

Trucker Path Names Nation’s Top Truck Stops – “These truck stop chains and independent facilities are considered the top places for drivers to stop based on their offerings and customer service.”

Toll rates go up for truckers only on Illinois Tollway – “The Illinois Tollway kicked off the new year with increased toll rates for truck drivers but not passenger vehicle drivers.”

Here are the human trafficking red flags that truckers need to know – “Truckers are a hugely valuable resource in identifying and stopping human trafficking. Here are some human trafficking red flags that truckers need to know.”

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