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FMCSA Suggests Changes to Entry Level Driver Training Rule

FMCSA Suggests Changes to Entry Level Driver Training Rule

Trucking regulators at the federal level have suggested a two-year delay for total compliance of specific provisions in the Entry Level Driver Training rule. Doing so would enable more time for the growth of the secure electronic transfer of information to the certified training provider registry as well as the state driver licensing agencies.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in the Federal Register on July 18, “The proposed two-year extension would delay the date by which training providers must being uploading driver-specific certification information into the Training Provider Registry, an electronic database that will contain entry level driver training information.”

According to the agency, this proposal would also push back the date that state driver licensing agencies must confirm that applicants for a commercial driver’s license have met the appropriate ELD requirements before taking a specified knowledge or skills test.

The new rule would ultimately allow FMCSA officials time to finish the creation of the electronic interface that will receive and store ELDT certification information from training providers and then issue the information to the state driver licensing agencies. Furthermore, the delay would also give state driver licensing agencies more time to adjust their information technology systems and systems to accommodate their receipt of driver-specific ELDT data that they get from the training provider registry.

The Current Regulations

Right now the compliance deadline for the two provisions of the 2016 rule have been extended from Feb 7, 2020 to Feb 7, 2022, according to FMCSA. They also went on to say that they’d accept public comment until August 19.

The FMCSA made it clear that it does not have any other radical changes to the requirements laid down by the 2016 ELDT final rule. They also noted that new drivers still must adhered to the final ELDT rules training requirements starting on Feb 7, 2020.

What do you all think about this new proposal?

Trucking Wants More Say in Autonomous Policy

Trucking Wants More Say in Autonomous Policy

A recent Capitol Hill hearing on trucking safety somehow produced one big, resounding note – to give a seat at the table to trucking on discussions that are centered around automated vehicle regulations.

Officials held a hearing, titled “Under Pressure: The State of Trucking in America” before the Highway and Transit subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and spotlighted a panel of eight witnesses. The hearing ran over three hours, with much of the discussion focused on safety.

U.S. Representative Sharice Davids of Kansas, who worked on autonomous car policy while at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is worried that most of the AV policymaking so far in Washington, D.C. has gravitated toward passenger cars and not enough around the concept of freight. “What does intentional autonomous vehicle policy look like, so that we’re taken care of,” she asked the panel.

American Trucking Association President and CEO Chris Spear echoed Representative David’s comments. Spear said that for the longest time officials excluded the trucking industry from this discussion. He disagreed with this and wanted an invite. “We’re moving 71 percent of the freight, we’re half the tab of the highway trust fund. Not to slight my friends in the auto industry, but we’re not going to hand the whole policy plate for them and DOT to write. We have to be at the table to accommodate what the future is going to look like.”

Spear also argued against all the talk of driverless trucks. To his mind, we’re trying to recruit people to the industry while at the same time suggesting their jobs will be gone in five years. This isn’t much of a pitch to bring new drivers into the fold. He added, “I think you’re going to see cars evolve quicker, and they should. Passenger vehicles cause two-thirds of the accidents involving trucks.

Technology and Trucking

Technology can definitely help on the trucking front as it pertains to accidents. Emergency braking and increasing vehicle connectivity through a broadening of the wireless spectrum will help trucks to smoothly shift into the “driver-assist” level of automation.

Most involved in the panel agreed that automated systems in trucks would dramatically improve overall highway safety.

What do you guys think? Does trucking need more of a say in automated vehicle policy?

Cuyahoga County to Consider Plastic Bag Ban

Cuyahoga County to Consider Plastic Bag Ban

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Would you support a ban on plastic bags in Cuyahoga County? Legislators are considering a ban on disposable plastic bags and non-recyclable paper bags by all retail businesses in the county.

The ban would stop stores from offering plastic bags to customers. The proposed ban includes supermarkets, department stores, restaurants, and convenience stores. Likewise, it would only allow retailers to use reusable or paper bags.

Even though the ban is a step in the right direction, some have expressed concern that paper bags also create environmental problems. However, legislators say that stores should only use paper bags to transition towards reusable ones. Ultimately, the goal is for all stores to be plastic and paper bag free.

Moreover, if passed, the proposed ban would subject first-time violators to a written warning. Subsequent violations would carry fines up to $500 dollars. Residents and consumer affairs employees are expected to report complaints.

The ban is set to go into effect on October 1st. This would allow retailers to use their current supply of plastic bags. Additionally, this would allow for community leaders to educate residents on the need for the law.

Finally, most should agree that this legislation is very necessary. Plastic breaks down in the ocean and kills sea-life. On land, plastic bags clog sewers and landfills. Most alarming of all is the fact that only 10 percent of plastic on earth is recycled. People should do anything they can to help curb this environmental damage. In Cuyahoga alone, residents use 319 million plastic bags a year. That’s 5.5 million pounds of plastic that pollutes Lake Erie each year.

So, do you believe that citizens should take action against pollution by supporting Cuyahoga’s ban on plastic bags?  Please let us know more about your feelings in the comments.

This is Why Ohio Truckers Support Gas Tax…

This is Why Ohio Truckers Support Gas Tax…

Lately, many individuals have been criticizing Governor DeWine for implementing a higher gas tax. But, why aren’t truckers? In fact, the Ohio Trucking Association approves of the gas tax and even supported the governor before he implemented it.

Why would truckers support such a tax that affects the costs of their businesses? Because the gas tax increase goes to a good cause that will eventually help truckers. Before DeWine came into office, Ohio’s infrastructure funding was dangerously low. The Governor took on the challenge of mending the infrastructure crisis. He created a committee to deal with this infrastructure. Then, the committee came up with the gas tax.

The Ohio Trucking Association, one of the first to support the increased fuel tax, supported the committee. This association represents over 1,000 companies in the trucking and logistics industry. As a result of their support, the increased gas tax was the preferred solution. Interestingly, this method is the most efficient, it is constitutionally required to go to roads and bridges, and it’s paid by those in the trucking industry. Also, the tax is based on where they use the fuel not where it’s purchased. This fee is a user-based fee.

Essentially, the trucking industry needs high-quality roads and bridges to operate effectively. If truckers are operating and transporting at full capacity, Ohio’s overall economy will improve. Raising the gas tax as an alternative to charging taxpayers directly for infrastructure is an effective solution. It is the best way to improve state and local roadways.

So, what do you think? Do you agree with the trucking association and think that increasing the fuel tax is a good idea?

Why Have February Car Sales Hit a Cold Front

Why Have February Car Sales Hit a Cold Front

It’s been an unusually brutal winter and forecasters debate whether this explains the few percentage point drop in February auto sales. Some experts point to the size of tax returns. Others blame longer lasting variables, specifically increasing sticker prices and ballooning interesting rates. So what’s the right answer?

No doubt all of these factors played a role in the drop of February car sales, but there’s no clear consensus on the main culprit.

Edmunds and TrueCar Inc. agree on a U.S. auto sales prediction of 1.3 million, which is 2-plus percentage points down from the same month in 2018. Overall, forecasters anticipate a slight decline in car sales in 2019.

Jeremy Acevedo, Edmunds’ manager of industry analysis, stressed “the growing costs of new purchases” for a more a basic slowing in retail demand, as opposed to short-term or one-time factors. This assessment is based on Edmunds’ recent February outlook. In turn, this prognosis is based on online shopping behavior from earlier in the month.

Acevedo offers failed Presidents Day promotions as proof of this data. None of these promotions produced a noticeable surge in February sales vs sales from the rest of the month. This fact is very telling. Also, the data suggests sales weren’t boosted by delayed sales from the month of January.

A group of forecasters speculated that the extended government shutdown in January, coupled with another bout of treacherous winter weather, had led buyers to merely postpone their car purchases.

For February 2019, Edmunds anticipates U.S. car sales of 1,271,009 new cars and trucks, which is a dip of 2.2% from February 2018. Meanwhile, TrueCar Inc. says it’s counting on February sales of 1,268,141 units, a 2.6% downgrade.

What do you guys think? Is Mother Nature at fault here? Or is it a combination of factors?

Trucks and SUVs at the Top of Sales in Ohio

Trucks and SUVs at the Top of Sales in Ohio

Bigger vehicles are better vehicles… or at least that might be the motto for automobile buyers in Northern Ohio. The auto sales of SUVs and trucks are at the top of the sales for automobiles, according to the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association. The president, Lou Vitantonio, stated: “Sales of SUVs and trucks continue to carry the sales load. This is the result of current consumer preference and low operating cost, including fuel pricing.”

auto sales

Basically, gas prices have lowered, and fuel efficiency is getting better with new cars. As a result, customers are favoring the bigger vehicles like SUVs and pickup trucks. This is true for many companies, including Classic Chevrolet in Mentor.

Apparently, the biggest seller last year was the Chevy Equinox. The General Manager, Mark Carroll, talked about the increased sales. He stated: “With a redesign and Chevy incentives, people left the small sedans and went up to the SUVs and the Equinox, in particular.” Sales went up at both the national and local levels.

In fact, Vitantonio stated that auto sales have been up in general for the last few years. He said that its “been on an upswing since 2010.” While it may begin to drop soon, as the market tends to do, the gas prices may keep the business going strong.

Looking for a new vehicle in 2019?

For prospective buyers for this year, he makes a few suggestions. He stated: “Identify what your needs are for a new vehicle, set a budget and decide on whether you want to buy or lease. Research the current offering of vehicles that are available.”

He also talked about the increase in technology, which may impact decision making with buying new vehicles. He said: “There are a number of new technologies that you may or may not want in your new vehicle as well.”

For now, it is clear that the larger vehicles are still popular in Ohio… but will that change in 2019? What kind of car are you driving this year?

Fake News?!

Fake News?!

SAN ANTONIO- TX. The city was recently hit with a shock! Coincidentally, after someone posted a new and quite controversial Holocaust exhibit, people didn’t respond positively. The sign stated two things: MAGA (Make America Great Again) and #FakeNews.

Even Donald Trump, himself, said it was fake news. Many of the community stated that the sign was a denial of the historic genocide.

A groundskeeper originally discovered the sign. The general public’s response has not been a positive one. A lot of people believe that this is a clear sign of prejudice but others refuse to acknowledge that this hatred is still very evident in the world.

Their holocaust museum was all but a shock. The museum director made a public statement. She doesn’t think everyone sees the sign as a clear connection to the modern prejudicial tendencies. The politics of the situation became tattered and broken by standards the declining equal state of our country.

Unfortunately, someone posted the sign reading “Fake News” and MAGA right by the entrance of the exhibit. Although responding puts Donald Trump in a bad light, he still attempted to negate the shocking sign.

After that, police discovered the sign early Tuesday morning the investigation began. Sadly, the chief officer of the investigation doesn’t consider the crime a hate crime, but claims it is only political advocacy.

Donald Trump, by poorly responding, is against these moments of habitual negation, and how does that make you feel? In Some people in the community are outraged, otherwise, it’s just people responding to allegations. So what do you think?

Truck Drivers Saving Lives – 35 Years Later

Truck Drivers Saving Lives – 35 Years Later


The Accident

This November marks the 35th anniversary of a young 17-year old woman’s horrific accident on Interstate 40 in Tennessee. That day, 10 semi-truck drivers came together to help save her life. None of them were medically trained. However, they followed their instincts to save precious time and keep the woman calm and alert before medical personnel arrived.


The woman’s name was Gracie Parker (now Gracie Rosenberger). The lead trucker of the group that day noticed her speed past and then slump over the steering wheel. Gracie’s car swerved back and forth before finally crashing. The lead trucker notified others of the dangerous driving activity. The drivers created a barricade so other drivers could not go through and possibly get hurt. When her car crashed, it flew and flipped before landing in the bed of a creek. They noticed it there, burning. The truckers all pulled over, called for help, and ran to her with fire extinguishers.


They put out the fire. Noticing her horrific wounds, the drivers asked her questions to keep her alert. They provided comfort and security while waiting for help to arrive. These truck driver heroes helped prevent worse injuries for Gracie and got her the help she needed.


Giving Back

Gracie has faced gruesome medical treatments and struggles since the accident. She’s had 80 operations, both legs amputated, and other treatments. But, despite the injuries she faced, she and her husband, Peter Rosenberger, have taken their struggles and used them for good.


Peter leads the organization Standing With Hope, hosts a radio show for caregivers, and is the author of the book Hope for the Caregiver. The two collaborated to write Gracie’s story in a book entitled Gracie Standing With Hope. Gracie spends time helping other amputees and people with disabilities.


The truck drivers gave their hearts and their help that day. Now, Gracie and Peter give theirs. Without those 10 truckers’ help that day 35 years ago, who knows what might have happened?


It Already Feels Like Halloween: Things to do on Oct. 11-14 While in Cleveland

It Already Feels Like Halloween: Things to do on Oct. 11-14 While in Cleveland

Weather becomes colder, it feels a lot like fall in Cleveland. However, there is no shortage of things one can do around the city over the weekends. This weekend is not an exception as well.


Here is a small guide to lead you to the events that can be unforgettable for you.


OCTOBER 12:  Stranger Things Spooktacular 2: The Return

Head to the Beachland Ballrooms as you can be a witness of Ohio Burlesque’s “Stranger Things Spooktacular” show for a second time. If you never been, then you’ll be amazed for the first time. You can be surprised by the routines of nerdy and spooky, including retro thrills and chills. “American Horror Story” or “Stranger Things.”

Address: 15711 Waterloo Road

Time: 7:30 to 10:30 PM


Haunted Houses

haunted house clevelandIt’s almost Halloween, isn’t it? It is time to have some fun with Halloween entertaining. You can visit haunted houses all over the town. This is a spooky season; all the brave citizens can be found around tens of haunted houses. Some of them are kid-friendly but some of them are filled with monsters and ghosts. Northeast Ohio is full of this kind of entertainments if you want to learn more, visit here.


OCTOBER 12: Moonshine Gala

Do you love retro style? Old places, kitchen, and people? You can easily go back in time when visiting Gordon’s Square’s Spice Kitchen’s Moonshine Gala which will feature Prohibition era-like cocktails served with the three-course meal. The Luckey Ones will lead the music and will give the lively spirit of the Roaring ‘20s parties. Tetro clothing is encouraged.

Address: 5800 Detroit Ave.

Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM


OCTOBER 12-14: GhoulardiFest

This Halloween bash is filled with appearances, costume contests and, of course, the annual pizza eating fest. Get to meet with Victoria Price, actress and Vincent Price’s daughter.


Address: 19201 East Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights


OCTOBER 12-14: Superhero Weekend Mapleside Farms

While being a usual farm. Mapleside Farms will turn into a little bit Gotham, a little Metropolis and a little bit fairy tale kingdom. The reason for that is those little superheroes are to come here. Kids are invited to dress up in their superhero dear for a costume contest. If you are searching for family and kid-friendly entertainment, this one is for you.

Address: 294 Pearl Rd., Brunswick


And many other festivals that can take place in Cleveland and close cities. Just take your time and go around the city, you will be amazed what Cleveland is turning into!

From Music Festivals To Haunted Houses: Autumn Season in Cleveland

From Music Festivals To  Haunted Houses: Autumn Season in Cleveland

Although summer is over, there is still plenty of fun to have this weekend in Cleveland.


Ready for foodie events, or maybe live music? That and lot more is waiting for you this weekend in Northeast Ohio.


Have you ever hear of Ingenuity Fest?  Karamu House with the stage lights up hosts entrepreneurs, artists, Innovators of all types to aspire audiences and to empower communities.


Sip drinks at the Whiskey and White Lightning Music Fest while watching a new comedy and trivia show, Pop-Cleveland, at Forest City Brewery.



Let’s dive into Pop-Cleveland. The city’s newest sketch comedy and trivia show is back at Duck Island’s Forest City Brewery.


You will be participating in an interactive quiz. Grab a beer and compete against your fellow audience members in the show.

Write down the address of the Forest City Brewery and get ready for the show on September 27, 7.30-10 p.m.


Autumn season can be flavored with the warmer atmosphere at Gold horn Brewery. Being served with good beer is good. But this brewery makes it even better for you. The chief and Gold horn’s assistant brewer will offer delicious desserts with crafted beer.


Come to enjoy the combination of both on September 27, at the location 1361 East 55th St., Cleveland.


As we mentioned earlier, Karamu house will bring August Wilson’s “Fences’’ to the main stage. A story of a black basketball player who got excluded from the league in the 1950s, won Pulitzer and Tony Awards.


As Halloween is about to come, Ohio will transform into a fear-filled fun place. For adventurous visitors, the haunted houses are opening their doors.


Just in case you are planning to come with the family, make sure you go to the family and kid-friendly ones.