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As we enjoy some our wet spring, a much needed wet spring, lets take a look at what’s new in trucking from April. If you missed important industry news, fear not, we got you covered! Grab a coffee and see the headlines we thought were important.

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Trucking Safety & Regulation

Ontario raising speed limit to 110 km/h on 10 more highway sections – The Ontario government is raising the speed limit permanently from 100 km/h to 110 km/h on 10 additional sections of provincial highways in northern and southern Ontario. The change builds on the safe and successful increase to six sections of provincial highways in 2022 and aligns with posted speed limits in other jurisdictions across Canada, according to a news release.

Michigan lawmakers consider bill to ban big rigs from left lane – The bill would restrict trucks over over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight from using the left lane on a three or more-lane freeway. It would also require trucks to stay in the right lane if freeway construction lane closures result in only two usable lanes.

Updated CVSA out-of-service criteria now in effect – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 2024 out-of-service criteria is now officially in effect, featuring 11 changes that were ratified last October.

CHP reminds truckers to obey California’s 55 MPH speed limit – “For those of you who asked if we enforce big rigs speeding, the answer is yes. Although we can’t catch them all as there is a lot more of them as there is us, we do our best to enforce the 55 MPH max speed limit for big rigs and combination vehicles. This is just one stop of several on the day,” CHP said.

Truck Parking

Ontario Adds Truck Parking in Largest Rest Area Expansion – Canada’s Ontario province has embarked on an ambitious plan to help truckers by adding 165 parking spaces while upgrading 14 rest area sites and adding 10 along its highways.

Indiana allowed ‘safe haven’ truck parking at weigh stations during eclipse – Indiana troopers are letting the trucking community know about ‘safe haven’ truck parking during next week’s solar eclipse in April.

Survey: Truck stop parking tops list of most sought after amenities – A recent online poll by a leading trucker app found no real surprise when respondents were asked to chose the top amenities they look for at truck stops.

New rest area near I-90 in Montana opens today; 35 truck parking spaces – It is located near the Interstate 90 interchange, and includes modern design features, safety enhancements, and a law enforcement office that will be available for use by the Broadwater County Sheriff, Montana Highway Patrol, and MDT Motor Carrier Services. It has 35 truck parking spaces.

Other Trucking News

MTA elects 2024-2025 board of directors – Executive members include president Pauline Wiebe Peters (Payne Transportation), 1st vice-president Brent Arnold (Arnold Bros. Transport), 2nd vice-president Ryan Mitchell (Wildwood Transport), as well as members-at-large Trent Siemens (Kleysen Group), Rachelle Baker (Searcy Trucking), and Peter McDonald (TransX Group of Companies).

PA Turnpike issues scam alert for E-ZPass users – Drivers who use E-ZPass should be aware of a phishing scam, according to the PA Turnpike Commission.

FBI warns toll road users to be alert to possible smishing messages – Since early-March 2024, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) said it has received over 2,000 complaints reporting smishing texts representing road toll collection service from at least three states. IC3 complaint information indicates the scam may be moving from state-to-state.

Teens had “no idea” about truck blind spots before climbing inside – Teenagers learn that they really had “no idea” how serious truck blind spots are before getting behind the wheel as part of a special semi truck education program.

Here’s how California’s new ‘Turbo Roundabout’ works for big rigs – Earlier this year, Caltrans installed a $14.6 million multi-lane turbo roundabout at the intersection of Highways 25 and 156 near Hollister in San Benito County, which experienced twice the number of collisions as similar intersections in California.

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