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Michael Leizerman

Safety V.P. with Large U.S. Transport Company Commits to Tesla Truck

Last month saw the unveiling of Elon Musk’s electric-powered Tesla Truck after more than a year since it was first announced, and the initial reaction of some big names in the transport business could accelerate its acceptance by the industry […]

Michael Leizerman

Mr. Musk’s new Tesla Trucks may be a Boon for Safety

Elon Musk stayed true to his word on November 16th; unveiling the first fully electric semi-truck that also comes equipped with Tesla’s semiautonomous technology in addition to automatic braking and lane departure warnings. In Mr. Musk’s own words, the truck […]

Michael Leizerman

Are Self-Driving Truck Platoons a Threat to Your Safety?

Commercial trucking is a vital part of our nation’s economy, the vehicles and their drivers provide the framework of goods distribution to all 50 states and beyond. Yet, it’s not an industry without issues—driver shortages and rising fuel costs alone […]

Michael Leizerman

Millennials Don’t Want to Drive Big Trucks. Now What?

The trucking industry has been troubled by significant issues in recent years. There was a freight recession in 2016. The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate was a topic of much debate in 2017, barely eclipsing the concern over changing hours-of-service […]

Michael Leizerman

New Legislation Leaves Out Big Trucks on Topic of Driverless Technology

October 4th marked the passing of bipartisan legislation by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation on the subject of government support for self-driving technology—yet, despite numerous proposals from advocacy groups, the Committee purposely crafted the law to […]

Michael Leizerman

Attempt to Stall Truck Safety Is Voted Down by House

On September 6th, the U.S. House voted 246-173 against a measure that would have potentially delayed the upcoming mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) that will require all trucks on the road to comply starting in December 18th, 2017.  This […]

Michael Leizerman

Road Check: Are Big Trucks Safe?

This past June, certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in the U.S. and Canada joined together in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck. During a three day period covering June 6-8, enforcement personnel conducted over 62,000 safety inspections (over 54,000 in the […]

Michael Leizerman

Mexican Trucks in the U.S. Could Be More Problematic than Most Think

  A legal battle over allowing Mexico-based Carriers to operate in the U.S. might be drawing to a close, as The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit stated recently that it would be unable to reverse a […]

Michael Leizerman

Federal Mandate for Truck Speed Limiters Continues to Stall

In September of 2016, a regulation was proposed by U.S. officials that would require some type of speed-limiting device on all tractor-trailer rigs. While many large motor carriers already use speed limiters in an effort to improve safety and fuel […]

Michael Leizerman

Slow Turning: When Will the Government Require Automatic Emergency Braking for Trucks?

More than two years ago, a number of agencies petitioned the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to mandate that all new trucks sold in the U.S. were to be equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB). In May 2015, […]