The brake system on a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) must work all of the time under all conditions, and both air disc brakes and S-cam drum brakes can get the job done. However, many manufacturers have made air disc brakes standard and the adoption rate for air disc brakes is increasing.

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After spending most of 2020 indoors, people are heading outside again. According to TripAdvisor's 2021 Summer Travel Index, two-thirds of Americans plan to travel between June 1 and Aug. 31, and 43% of them expect to drive to their destination.

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Federal law has required professional truck drivers to wear seat belts since 1970, and a record 86% of drivers now use safety belts, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported. According to FMCSA, safety belt use remains one of the cheapest, easiest and most important means to protect commercial motor vehicle drivers.

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As the Memorial Day holiday is set to shift into high gear, drivers – including do-it-yourself movers – are encouraged to pack a little patience for the road.

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Regulatory Support

FMCSA. CSA. DOT. IRS. NHTSA. Federal, state and local regulations. They all need attention, and just keeping up is a full-time job.

Drivers and fleet owners must be assessed under the FMCSA Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) program. Owners have to ensure their vehicle assessments are performed and reported correctly when required. Large fleet or small, this is time consuming, and you’ll run into major risks if you miss something.

Penske can help you stay on top of all federal, state and local regulations. We simplify compliance and provide expert assistance with:

  • Online guides, including safety and compliance information via Fleet Insight™
  • Regulatory compliance training
  • Federal, state and local tax management
  • Licensing, registration and permitting
  • Risk mitigation and administration
  • Mock audits and audit support

Preventive Maintenance and Compliance

Penske takes care of the maintenance portion of the CSA assessment every time one of your trucks comes in for its regularly scheduled preventive maintenance. We also handle all the reporting and submissions, meaning less paperwork and hassle for you and your drivers.

Simplify with Fleet Insight

Fleet Insight, our online suite of fleet management tools, is the one stop for simplifying your safety and compliance efforts. It contains:

  • Federal, state and local motor carrier safety regulations
  • Downloadable handbooks, manuals, forms and documents
  • Guides to safety and compliance documentation
  • Instructional webinars for management and drivers
  • Simulated DOT educational compliance reviews
  • FMCSA registration links