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Fed Med Card Recordkeeping Relief on Its Way
By Kathy Close, J.J. Keller
A recent rule on the medical qualifications of commercial drivers has many on both sides of the examination table raising eyebrows.
People get tired but when they’re driving a truck loaded with thousands of pounds of freight, the risks associated with fatigue increase exponentially.
Revisiting the North American Fatigue Management Program
By Stephane Babcock
There’s no getting around it — people get tired. But when they’re driving a truck loaded with thousands of pounds of freight, the risks associated with fatigue increase exponentially.
The Pounding of All the Rules
By David Cullen
The compounding effect of several new safety regulations in the next few years could have more of a negative impact on industry capacity than the individual regulations themselves.
Langer Transport, headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., recently deployed Omnitracs’ MPC50 in-cab devices which include an electronic log applications, navigation and critical event reporting. 
What It's Like To Eliminate Paper Logs
By Jim Beach
Tank carrier Langer Transport tossed aside paper driver logs for good this January, opting to switch over to an automated hours-of-service application from Omnitracs LLC.
Fleets have been able to improve their CSA scores with automated driver logs and electronic driver vehicle inspection reports.
Technology Drives Down CSA Scores
By Jim Beach
When it comes to improving fleet operations, no matter the immediate issue at hand, technology, in all its forms, is becoming the “go-to” tool.

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DOT to Audit FMCSA High-Risk Investigative Practices
By David Cullen
The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.
Photo: Fontaine
Fontaine-Modified M2 Trucks Recalled for Brake Light Glitch
Fontaine Modification is recalling 3,571 Freightliner M2 trucks modified to have dual steering to fix brake lights that may not illuminate, according to federal records.
Daimler Trucks North America used Hoover Dam to create a record-setting display to premier its Inspiration Truck. Photo: Daimler Trucks
Autonomous Freightliner Premieres With Hoover Dam Fanfare
By Deborah Lockridge
Daimler Trucks North America introduced its new autonomous Freightliner Inspiration Truck Tuesday night at Hoover Dam, using the historic dam as the world's largest projection screen in its dramatic premier.
From Left: TCA President, Brad Bentley, award recipient Dean Newell, Rande Walker, President of Creative Concepts and John Joines, VP of Safety Services, Great West Casualty. Photo: TCA
TCA Honors Maverick’s Newell with Safety Award
By David Cullen
The Truckload Carriers Association has presented its annual Clare C. Casey Award to Dean Newell, Vice President of Safety and Training for Maverick Transportation, LLC.
Ruling stems from class-action suit brought earlier by Penske Logistics drivers in California. Image: Penske
Supreme Court Upholds California Driver Break Rules
By David Cullen
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied motions seeking to overturn a ruling that upheld a California statute requiring a paid 10-minute rest break every four hours and a paid 30-minute meal period every five hours for truck drivers.
Proposed rule would replace individual exemptions for insulin-treated drivers with annual medical certification. Image: FMCSA
Proposed Rule Would Simplify Insulin Exemption for Drivers
By David Cullen
The FMCSA has proposed that drivers with controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus be permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles without first obtaining an individual exemption.
Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso
States Spent $1.1B Maintaining Roads This Winter
Twenty-three States spent around $1.1 billion from October 2014 to mid-April 2015 to pre-treat, plow, or spread chemicals and other materials on roads to keep them open and safe this winter.
Diagram of feedback loop for video-based safety program. Image: SmartDrive Systems
Bakery Fleet Boosts Safety with SmartDrive Video System
By David Cullen
Within the first three weeks after it deployed the SmartDrive Systems video-based driver safety program, Mid South Baking Company boosted its internal safety score by 68%.
Photo via MiX Telematics
NTSB Report Finds Value in On-Board Video Systems
By Jim Beach
An NTSB report has concluded that on-board video systems can “provide valuable information for evaluating the circumstances leading to a crash,” if the cameras are positioned properly and if the systems are adequate for recording in low light.
Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Photo: speaker.gov
Paul Ryan: Highway Bill Takes Backseat to Tax Reform
By David Cullen
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, has strongly indicated that there’s no way around applying another short-term patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent.

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Cloud-Based In-Cab Video System Launched Convoy Technologies recently introduced its Videomatics video/telematics-based system to help improve driver safety and security.
Light Monitoring System Cuts Down on Violations The Phillips Industries Lite-Sentry is a trailer-chassis light monitoring system that alerts a driver when a light has gone out on a trailer.
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.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Understanding new regulations to keep your freight and all drivers safe
New regulatory requirements are demanding higher levels of accountability. As they do, truck drivers, carriers and fleet owners must step up efforts to implement safety programs and stay current with new, amended or suspended regulations. This special report explains the newest regulations in the industry.
A Whitepaper Guide to Improving the ROI of Driver Safety
Best practices for driver risk management and fostering a culture of driver safety are outlined in this timely white paper. With so many drivers on the road today, creating a culture of safety is an ongoing effort. Businesses must recognize and understand their risks and take proactive steps to ensure they understand real-time changes in driving behaviors that warrant concern.

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