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Attendees of the Northwest's Trucking Safety & Compliance Conference will hear about the latest changes in fleet-safety regulations

Oregon's second-largest annual trucking conference will bring together more than 150 trucking companies, fleet managers, truck drivers and industry experts Friday, Jan. 25, at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas.

Attendees of the Northwest's Trucking Safety & Compliance Conference will hear about the latest changes in fleet-safety regulations from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Association affecting fleets nationwide with new drug-and-alcohol regulations, hours-of-service rules and training requirements.

Advancing technology and changing regulations have affected every industry, but few feel these struggles more than trucking, said Dave Gray, president of Clackamas-based Glostone Trucking Solutions, which is putting on the free event. Stringent government safety regulations, taxes and fees "go well beyond what is imagined by most consumers and suppliers," he said. As an example, Gray said the fee to use Oregon roads for a large semi-truck increased last year by 25 percent per mile traveled with a further 35 percent increase scheduled over the next five years.

Speakers at the conference will discuss topics that include electronic logging devices and the soon-to-be updated compliance, safety and accountability program. Gray cited a new federal mandate forcing trucking to purchase electronic driver hours-of-service equipment to help enforce driving-time regulations and emission regulations that have added more than $60,000 to the purchase price of a large truck.

"The struggle to manage regulatory compliance has taken drivers out of trucks and added layers of back-office personnel to meet the demands of bureaucracy," Gray said.

Register for the free event at glostone.com/conference2019.

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