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October 31, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Insurance Proposal Under Review

A proposal that could eventually lead to higher insurance requirements for trucking companies is close to publication. An advanced notice of the proposal is under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget and can be expected to show up in the Federal Register this year.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, MCSAC

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Art Contest Promotes Seatbelt Safety

Photo via FMCSA

The FMCSA is accepting submissions for its 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest to promote safety belt use. The contest is open to children from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Seat Belts, Contest, U.S. DOT

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls ProMaster, Grand Caravan for Tire Monitors

Photo of 2014 Ram ProMaster van courtesy of Chrysler Group.

Two separate recall campaigns, covering 33K light trucks in the U.S., will fix problems that can lead to false warnings from tire pressure monitoring systems.

Tags: Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Chrysler, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster, Minivans, 2014-MY, Dodge, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country, Cargo Vans

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comments on ELD Registration Plan

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took a step toward the pending electronic logging mandate with a notice about registering the devices log manufacturers will bring to market.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Regulations, Hours of Service, Information Technology, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants Stricter Prescription Narcotics Restrictions

Truck drivers who use prescribed narcotics should not be allowed to drive, say the doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That could mean changes in driver medical exams.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, MCSAC, Medical Examiners, Medications, Driver Health, Regulations

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for More Than 3,000 Volvo Trucks

Two recalls have been issued for Volvo trucks. One involves disc brake problems on VAH, VNL, and VNM model trucks; a smaller recall affects D16 engines in VNL and VNX models.

Tags: Safety, Volvo Trucks, Recalls, NHTSA, Brakes, Engines

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Sleeper Pilot Program on Track for 2016

Should a driver have to spend a full eight hours at a time in the sleeper? Photo: Peterbilt

It will take another year to launch a pilot program to see if drivers can safely split their sleeper berth rest time. The option is being pushed by carriers and drivers who believe more flexible rules could actually reduce driver fatigue.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Sleepers

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Cites Central Transport Again, $145,000 in Fines Proposed

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited trucking company Central Transport LLC for 16 safety and health violations at its Hillside, Ill., terminal.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Central Transport

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Distracted Driving Focus Should Include More Than Cell-Phone Use

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Virginia Tech released new research examining crash risks associated with driver cell phone use and the relationship to other distracting behaviors. Some study conclusions have generated controversy.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Driving Safety

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Female Driver First to Reach 4 Million Accident-Free Miles

Odom was 23 and working at a boat store in Orlando when she applied for a driver job at UPS in 1973. Photo: UPS

On Friday, when UPS tractor-trailer driver Ginny Odom completed her usual 650-mile route towing twin 28-foot trailers from Orlando to Unadilla, Ga., and back, she became the first female UPS driver in history to drive 40 years and more than 4 million miles without so much as a fender bender.

Tags: UPS, Women Drivers

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Use of Schedule II Drugs Gets Scrutiny

Ritalin, prescribed for attention deficit disorder, is one of the Schedule II drugs causing concern.

The doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are recommending closer scrutiny of drivers using Schedule II drugs, such as opioid-containing prescription pain relievers and medications for attention deficit disorder.

Tags: FMCSA, MCSAC, Driver Health

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Hits Carrier with $43,000 in Fines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a solid waste removal trucking company for five safety and health violations following an inspection at the company's Mableton, Georgia, facility.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Safety, Georgia, Enforcement

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

Driver of this trash truck said he didn’t hear the train’s horn, but investigators said he had just gotten a phone call and failed to stop, look and listen. Photo from the NTSB report.

Truck drivers should not use hands-free phones while driving, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The Board’s recommendation was one of several changes it wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make in the wake of a 2013 truck-train crash that caused a derailment, hazmat fire and explosion.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, NTSB, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Home Heating Emergency Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration clarified its rule for tank carriers providing service in a home heating emergency.

Tags: FMCSA, Tankers, Hours of Service

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Finalists Selected for America’s Road Team

America's Road Team Truck: Photo by Volvo.

American Trucking Associations named 32 professional truck drivers as finalists for the 2015 America’s Road Team captains. America’s Road Team is a group of drivers with good safety records picked to represent the trucking industry.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, America's Road Team

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

One trucking group says the way to end the controversy is to go ahead and end the use of paper logbooks. Photo: Jim Park

The fight over the 34-hour restart broke out again Thursday. A safety advocacy group released research indicating that the public does not want truck drivers to work longer hours, and trucking groups jumped in.

Tags: Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Electronic Logging Devices, American Trucking Associations, The Trucking Alliance

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Safety Technology Gives 360-Degree View

A decade from now, Volvo trucks will be scanning the environment around the vehicle and warning a driver when collisions are imminent. The Swedish company has developed new safety technology that scans the environment around a truck and analyzes that data.

Tags: Collision Prevention, Volvo Trucks, Driving Safety, Automated Driving, Global

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Reaches Final Phase of Wireless Inspection Project

The FMCSA reached the final phase of its Wireless Roadside Inspection project , a program testing the viability of wirelessly transmitted vehicle inspections.

Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Inspection, Wireless Roadside Inspections, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Mexico Decision Draws Opposition, Support

Owner-operator and labor groups registered their objections to the decision this week by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to grant normal status to Mexican carriers that had been operating under a pilot program.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, NAFTA, Mexican carriers

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA Investigating Possible Failure of Michelin Auto-Hauler Tires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating six complaints it has received alleging steer tire failure involving Michelin’s 2014 XZA 295/60/R22.5 tires used on auto-haulers.

Tags: Michelin, Safety, Truck Tires, Investigation, Tires, NHTSA, Auto Haulers

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Ends Cross-Border Pilot, Grants Authority to Mexican Carriers

A three-year pilot program testing the safety of cross-border trucking between the U.S. and Mexico is ending, and the Mexican truck lines that have been providing long-distance, cross-border service under that pilot program will move to normal operating status. HDT Washington Editor Oliver Patton has the details.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Mexican Trucking, FMCSA, Regulations, NAFTA

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Regulations, Congress, Safety & Compliance, Driver Health, U.S. Congress

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

PG&E Requires CNG Tank Inspections by Dec. 12

Concerned that compressed natural gas tanks in customers’ vehicles might not be sufficiently safe, Pacific Gas & Electric is requiring inspections as a condition of continued use of the company’s filling stations.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, PG&E, CNG, CNG Tanks

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Haz-Mat Carrier Loses FMCSA Appeal

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has upheld an emergency restriction order placed on National Distribution Inc.'s cargo tanks by the FMCSA.

Tags: FMCSA, Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Tankers, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Operation Safe Driver Week Increases Traffic Safety

Law enforcement agencies will be stepping up traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors for Operation Safe Driver Week, a week-long event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Law Enforcement, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

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