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May 25, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Recalls Sprinter 2500, 3500 Vans

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall, limited to 55 vans in the 2015 and 2016 model years, will address the risk of windows separating during a crash.

Tags: Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Freightliner Sprinter, Daimler, Full-Size Vans

May 24, 2016 - Industry News

House Committee Includes Restart Rollback in THUD Bill

The House Appropriations Committee passed a Fiscal Year 2017 transportation spending bill with some key trucking provisions Tuesday, including addressing problems in a previous bill that threatened the industry’s use of a 34-hour restart on driver hours of service.

Tags: Legislation, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, 34-Hour Restart

May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Senate Keeps Hours-of-Service Fix in Funding Bill

The Senate has passed a transportation funding bill that includes a fix of earlier legislative language that muddied what might happen to the Hour of Service rule’s restart provisions if a mandated study cannot show that the restart changes benefitted drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

HOS Restart Reform Keeps Cranking on Capitol Hill

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Updated on May 20: A House Appropriations subcommittee has advanced language to “fix” the Hour of Service rule’s 34-hour restart provisions that goes much further than a measure contained in a bill passed by the full Senate on May 19.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Trailer Company to Pay $190K to Fired Safety Manager

OSHA has ordered tank trailer company Polar Service Centers to reinstate and pay $190,547 in back wages and damages to a fired safety manager who voiced safety concerns about a customer.

Tags: OSHA, Fleet Safety, Employment, Bulk Tank Trailers

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

Groups Offer Free Truck Parking App

The recently formed Truck Parking Leadership Initiative is developing a free app called Park My Truck to locate truck parking information and find available spaces for drivers.

Tags: ATA, ATRI, NATSO, CVSA, Truck Parking, Mobile Apps

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Startup Says it's Developing Add-On Autonomous Truck Technology

Former employees from Google, Apple and Tesla have jumped into the “self-driving trucks” waters, saying they’ll develop a retrofittable autonomous-driving technology for on-highway commercial heavy trucks.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles

May 17, 2016 - Product News

J.J. Keller Announces Rollout Service for ELD Mandate

J.J. Keller has introduced the Driver DataSense Plus with ELD Rollout Service to help fleets meet the 2017 ELD mandate deadline.

Tags: Regulations, Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate

May 11, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues Safety Advisory for TYTAL Cargo Tanks

The FMCSA is calling for the repair and inspection of certain cargo tank trailers manufactured by Trailers Y Tanques De Aluminio are not compliant with federal safety standards.

Tags: FMCSA, Tankers, Liquid Tank Trailers

May 10, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Safety Coalition Honors Industry Leaders for Safety Commitment

The Truck Safety Coalition has honored three trucking industry leaders for their commitment and dedication to fleet safety.

Tags: Driver Safety, Truck Safety, Awards, The Trucking Alliance

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

Jury Awards $22.7M for Fatal Fleet Crash

A Cook County, Ill., jury ruled against a food refrigeration company and its former fleet driver who allegedly had drugs in his system at the time of a 2012 accident.

Tags: Liability, Fatal Accidents, Drugged Driving, Court Rulings, Drivers

May 3, 2016 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Recalled for Steering

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 1500 courtesy of GM.

The recall, which covers multiple models, will address a weld-related steering issue in nearly 4,800 pickup trucks and SUVs.

Tags: Cadillac, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Tahoe, Recalls, GMC Yukon, GMC Sierra, GMC, Chevrolet Suburban, Cadillac Escalade, Luxury SUVs, Large SUVs, NHTSA, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY

May 2, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Opposes HOS Fix in Senate Bill

Photo: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

A coalition of major carriers has come out firmly opposed to language put forth by the Senate Appropriations Committee to fix earlier legislative wording that muddied the future status of the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours of Service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. Senate, The Trucking Alliance

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA to Co-Host Listening Sessions on Sleep Apnea

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will co-host three listening sessions to solicit information on the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea in the trucking industry.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Releases 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released the 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook.

Tags: Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. DOT, Hazmat, Emergency Response

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Regulations in the Pipeline: Update from NPTC

On the NPTC show floor in Cincinnati. Photo: David Cullen

It took him all of an hour and a half, but Rick Schweitzer, general counsel for the National Private Truck Council, gamely managed to get across the key elements of the sweep of regulatory changes coming down the pike for trucking.

Tags: CSA, NPTC, HOS, FMCSA, Regulations, Private Fleets

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Tanker Association Recognizes Carrier Safety Performance

Photo: Carbon Express

National Tank Truck Carriers recently honored Carbon Express and Miller Transporters with its Outstanding Safety Performance Award for their commitment to safety.

Tags: Fleet Safety, Awards, NTTC, Tankers, Carbon Express

April 25, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers Association Drops Higher Truck Weights from Policy

Wabash National showed off a 33-foot-pup, one of the size/weight proposals debated in Washington last year, at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2014 annual meeting. Photo: Tom Berg

After five years of presenting an official united front on the issue of truck sizes and weights, American Trucking Associations and the Truckload Carriers Association are going their separate ways.

Tags: ATA, TCA, Truck Size/Weight

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Senate Bill Includes Hours-of-Service Fix; Demands Speed-Limiter Rule

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The transportation spending bill advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee fixes wording in earlier legislation that muddied what the status of the 34-hour restart would be if a study by the Department of Transportation cannot show that controversial restart changes benefit drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Legislation, 34-Hour Restart

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Ram ProMaster City Vans Recalled

Photo of Ram ProMaster City van courtesy of FCA US.

The recall, tied to corrosion affecting an electrical connector, covers nearly 24,000 vehicles in the 2015 and 2016 model years.

Tags: Corrosion, Recalls, 2015-MY, Ram ProMaster City, 2016-MY, FCA US, Ram, Compact Vans

April 21, 2016 - Product News

Fleet Specs Bendix Air Disc Brakes on Trucks and Trailers

Photo courtesy of Bendix

Boyle Transportation is equipping Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes on all steer and drive axles of its fleet tractors as well as on all of its new refrigerated trailers.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Brakes, AIr Disc Brakes

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Groups Oppose Changing HOS in THUD Bill

A broad coalition of interest groups is lobbying Congress “to oppose any special interest anti-truck safety riders including changes to the truck driver hours of service rules..."

Tags: HOS, U.S. Senate, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Input on Beyond Compliance Recognition Program

Photo: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public input on its Beyond Compliance carrier safety-recognition program.

Tags: FMCSA, Beyond Compliance

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

GM Recalls Vans for Missing Tire Pressure Monitors

Photo of Chevrolet Express cutaway van courtesy of General Motors.

The recall covers 321 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans that were shipped to final-stage manufacturers missing the tire pressure monitoring system.  

Tags: Chevrolet, Recalls, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, GMC, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Cutaway Vans, 2016-MY

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Fatal Truck-Involved Crashes Drop, But Injury Crashes Increase

Photo: FMCSA

The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased by 5%, from 3,921 to 3,744, in 2014 vs. 2013, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s latest annual Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Fatalities

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