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Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor. 
Commentary: It's All About the Brakes
By Denise Rondini
Everybody talks about the importance of properly operating brakes, but, unfortunately, the talk doesn't always translate into action.
Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems.
Handling the Fallout from the Restart Rollback
By Betty Weiland, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems to cope with the 34-hour restart suspension.
A very large percentage of all CSA violations are almost entirely and easily preventable. Others may require more diligence and oversight, but they are still manageable.
Strategies For Staying On Top of CSA
By Jim Park
A very large percentage of all CSA violations are almost entirely and easily preventable. Others may require more diligence and oversight, but they are still manageable.
How Well do you Know CSA?
By John Simms of HNI
Considering the regulatory environment in which transportation firms do business is miles from black and white, it’s no surprise that both drivers and enforcement personnel alike often are confused by the ins and outs of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA.
Detroit Assurance includes an optional Lane Departure Warning system consisting of a forward-looking camera that detects roadway lane markings. Drivers get audible alerts if they cross out of a lane without using the turn signal.
Test Drive: Daimler's Detroit Assurance Safety System
By Jim Park
Detroit Assurance is the name of a new safety system from Daimler Trucks North America that could save your hide in a crash while saving fuel in less dire circumstances.

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Volvo Trucks Seeks Out Safest Fleets
Volvo Trucks is seeking entries for the Volvo Trucks Safety Award which recognizes two fleets with the safest driving records and top safety programs.
Photo by Bull-Doser via Wikimedia Commons.
Ford Recalls F-250/F-350 Truck Steering Gears
The service replacement steering gears, at risk for breaking, might be installed on 2008-2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel vehicles in North America.
Photo: Jim Park
NHTSA Urged to Mandate Truck Crash Avoidance Technology
By David Cullen, Executive Editor
Highway-safety lobbies have petitioned the NHTSA to require forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems on all new trucks and buses rated at 10,000 pounds or more GVW.
FMCSA Orders Small Carrier Shut Down Due to Safety Violations
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared a small Aurora, Colorado-based trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered it immediately shut down on Feb. 12, according to a news release issued Wednesday.
FreightWatch Issues Advisory Over Truckstop/Highway Thefts
Over the past several weeks, the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International has received reports of over 40 pilferage events at truckstops and highway pull-offs in one state.
Falling Debris Prompts Immediate Maryland Bridge Inspections
Acting Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn ordered the immediate inspection of all state-owned bridges of similar age and condition to the Capital Beltway Bridge which is currently under repairs.
Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director, office of enforement & compliance, presented a regularoy update during Omnitracs' Outlook user conference in Dallas on Feb. 10. Photo: Jim Beach
ELD Mandate On the Way, Says FMCSA Official
By Jim Beach
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish its final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices some time this year, according to Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA’s office of enforcement and compliance.
FMCSA Shuts Down Carrier for Safety Violations
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Las Vegas, -based JDJD Transportation to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing several widespread violations of critical safety regulations.
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I-270 in Illinois to Temporarily Close for Demolition Work
Due to a planned closure on the morning of Feb. 17, drivers using Interstate 270 in North St. Louis County and Madison County, Ill., are being encouraged to consider alternate routes.
Saia Fined $119,000 Over Trucking Terminal Explosion
The trucking company Saia Motor Freight Line has been fined by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration following an investigation regarding an explosion at one of its terminals last August, injuring four employees.

Products

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McLeod, iGlobal Integrate Software with In-cab Scanning Billing and payroll documents are scanned and transmitted with iGlobal’s device, and payment for a delivered load can be made by Friday of the following week.
Multi-Capable Jensen HD Bluetooth Radio Coming in May The radio that integrates with a truck’s electrical system and can be Bluetooth-linked to smart phones, which then are operated by the radio.
Roadnet Insight Offers Business Intelligence As part of Omnitracs, LLC’s global user conference held Feb. 8 – 11 in Dallas, the company’s Roadnet Technologies business unit unveiled new products and enhancements, including a new business intelligence tool.
Pre-Employment Screening Added to iiX Background Checks Pre-employment Screening Program records are now available as part of iiX’s suite of commercial driver background checks. The records provide employers with a quick way to screen driver safety profiles.
Hazmat Driver Training Published by J.J. Keller J.J. Keller & Associates is offering a program, Hazmat Transportation: Driver Training, to help motor carriers meet Department of Transportation requirements, avoid penalties for noncompliance, and protect their Compliance, Safety, Accountability scores.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Have You Checked Your Brakes Today?
In order to properly inspect and maintain air brakes, it is important to have a basic understanding of how air brakes function. J.J. Keller's Tom Bray explains how they work and what can go wrong.

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