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October 24, 2016 - Product News

CarriersEdge Offering Vehicle Inspection Training Course

Photo via CarriersEdge

CarriersEdge has released a full suite of online vehicle inspection training courses for transportation companies and their drivers.

Tags: Training, Inspections, Online Tool, CarriersEdge, DVIR, Driver Training

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Woman Indicted for Impersonating CDL Medical Examiner

A federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Penn., has indicted Joann Wingate for wire fraud, submitting false documents and aggravated identity theft for impersonating a commercial driver’s license medical examiner.

Tags: CDL, U.S. DOT, Fraud, Medical Examiners

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Warns Drivers About Defective Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Image via FMCSA

The FMCSA has issued a safety advisory to drivers and passengers of commercial vehicles, warning them of the risks and regulations associated with transporting damaged or defective lithium batteries and the recently recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device.

Tags: FMCSA, Recalls, Hazardous Materials, Samsung

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Two Charged with Impersonating Transportation Agencies

Two individuals have been charged for allegedly tricking small trucking companies into paying them for federal and state motor carrier registrations by impersonating government transportation agencies.

Tags: Vehicle Registration, FTC, U.S. DOT, Fraud, Crime

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

Roadcheck 2016 Scores Record Low in Out of Service Violations

Photo via CVSA

For the second year in a row, out-of-service violations were issued at record-low levels by inspectors during the 2016 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance International Roadcheck.

Tags: Inspections, CVSA, Roadcheck, Out of Service Violations

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Committee to Offer Autonomous Vehicle Advice

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced plans to establish an Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation to help frame federal policy on the development and deployment of autonomous cars and trucks.

Tags: DOT, Tesla, Self-Driving Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

October 19, 2016 - Product News

Magellan Rolls Out Trio of Fleet Management Solutions

GPS navigation vendor Magellan has rolled out three fleet management solutions, including a rugged navigation device, hours of service compliance solution, and routing solution aimed at municipal fleets.

Tags: Municipal Fleets, Hours of Service, Routing, Magellan, ELDs, Fleet Technology Expo

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Is a Video Safety Strategy in Your Future?

Forward-facing cameras catch the action. Hopefully you're not in the wrong at the time. YouTube screen capture.

Fleets are becoming very curious about on board video recording devices. There are dozens of very good reason to get get serious about acquiring such systems, but there's a downside to the systems as well. Mike Nalepka, CEO of, shared his thoughts on truck cams at Bobit Business Media's Fleet technology Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Camera System, Driver Coaching, Fleet Technology Expo

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

NHTSA Official Talks Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Tech at FTX

Photo by Thi Dao.

In his keynote address at the 2016 Fleet Technology Expo, the director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Vehicle Research and Test Center provided an overview of vehicle safety technologies, covering systems that have recently been introduced to the market as well as technologies currently being developed, such as autonomous vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Safety Technology, NHTSA, Fleet Technology Expo, Autonomous Vehicles

October 18, 2016 - Product News

Great Dane Brings New Safety Features to Everest Reefer Trailers

Photo: Great Dane

Great Dane is introducing several new features designed to improve the safety of drivers, pedestrians, and the food transported in its Everest refrigerated trailers.

Tags: Reefers, Great Dane, Refrigerated Trailers

October 14, 2016 - Industry News

Banned: Driver Who Crashed Truck a Day After Failing Drug Test

A Utah-licensed truck driver has been banned from interstate driving after crashing his truck a day after failing a pre-employment drug test.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Drug Testing, Imminent Hazard

October 14, 2016 - Industry News

CVSA Targeting Unsafe Driving During Enforcement/Education Blitz

Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education to combat unsafe driving behavior as part of CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week, taking place Oct. 16-22, 2016.

Tags: Driver Safety, Inspections, Traffic Violations, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

October 14, 2016 - Industry News

States Still Dealing With Hurricane Matthew Damages

Flooding in Dare County, N.C. Photo: NCDOT

Hurricane Matthew may be little more than scattered clouds in the Atlantic Ocean at this point, but it left behind damage to highways and other property that could take a lot of time and money to clean up.

Tags: Hurricane, Flooding, Road Closure, Damage Recovery, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, I-95, I-40

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Sen. Schumer Urges Finalizing Speed-Limiter Rule

Senator Chuck Schumer

Influential Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) lent his support to the proposed federal rule that would mandate electronic speed limiters on commercial vehicles during an Oct. 13 campaign stop on Long Island.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA, Chuck Schumer

October 11, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Still Seeking Carrier and Driver Input for Mayo Clinic Survey

ATRI is still looking for carrier and driver participation in a set of surveys it launched with the Mayo Clinic on the impact that the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners has had on the DOT medical exam process.

Tags: Survey, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, ATRI, Medical Examiners

October 7, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Hauling Takata Airbags Explodes, FMCSA Orders Fleet to Cease Operations

FMCSA has ordered Georgia-based trucking company Industrial Transit to cease all interstate and intrastate operations after a truck hauling Takata airbag components exploded, killing a person and leveling a home.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Fatal Accidents, Hazardous Materials, Imminent Hazard

October 7, 2016 - Product News

Rand McNally Launches Next Generation E-Log and Fleet Management Device

The DC 200 comes in both matte silver and champagne gold colors. The light on top changes color to indicate different functions. Green means it's connected to the app. Blue indicates an over-the-air software update is happening. It flashes red and green when booting up. Photo: Deborah Lockridge.

Rand McNally unveiled a sleek, new electronic logging and fleet management device with cellular connectivity designed for small- and medium-sized fleets using Android smartphones or tablets.

Tags: telematics, Information Technology, Rand McNally, ELDs, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Website Previews Proposed CSA Changes

Screenshot of FMCSA's preview site for proposed SMS changes.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a set of proposed changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and is seeking comment on the proposals via a special website it's set up to show motor carriers how the changes would affect their safety ratings.

Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Safety, CSA, CSA score

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

As Hurricane Matthew Approaches, States Prepare for Emergency

Source: National Weather Service

With Hurricane Matthew strengthening to a Category 4 storm before making landfall, states from Florida through North Carolina are preparing for the worst with road closures, evacuations and suspensions of certain transportation rules.

Tags: Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Hurricane, South Carolina, Road Closure, Weather

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Integrates Advanced Collision Mitigation Into Dash Display

Volvo Active Driver Assist uses the Bendix Wingman Fusion system, combining camera and radar for accurate object detection. Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

System readouts are integrated into the driver information display on the dash, so no additional display units or prep kits are needed.

Tags: Bendix, Collision Avoidance, ATA MC&E, Volvo Trucks North America, Driver Safety, Vehicle Safety

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Fatigue, Drug Use Blamed in Truck Crash That Killed 6

The NTSB determined that a fatigued and meth-impaired truck driver slow down for traffic in a Tennessee work zone, starting a multi-vehicle crash that killed six people and injured four.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, NTSB, Fatigue, Drugged Driving

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Aims for Zero Traffic Deaths Within 30 Years

The NHTSA held a conference to introduce its Road to Zero campaign and to address the increase in traffic deaths over the past year. Screenshot via NHTSA

Three DOT agencies and the National Safety Council have teamed up to launch a new initiative with the goal of eliminating traffic deaths on U.S. roads within the next 30 years, and truck safety is one of the targeted areas of the effort.

Tags: DOT, Vehicle Safety, Highway Fatalities, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

ATA’s Spear Slams Proposed Speed-Limiter Rule

Chris Spear speaking to the press on ATA's stance on proposed speed-limiter rule. Photo: David Cullen

The president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations has bluntly assessed as “dangerous” the key provisions of the proposed federal speed-limiter rule for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA, ATA MC&E

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Chief Spear Pushes Bold Agenda for Trucking

Chris Spear emphatically making a point in address to ATA members. Photo: Evan Lockridge

In a fast-paced and wide-ranging address, new American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear introduced himself to ATA members and asserted that under his stewardship, the industry’s biggest lobby will “get in the game” to advance an array of trucking’s interests in Washington D.C. and on the state level.


October 2, 2016 - Industry News

ATA’s Spear: Trucking Must “Take Seat at the Table” for Making Autonomous-Driving Policy

ATA president Chris Spear fielding reporters' queries on autonomous policymaking. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Because autonomous driving technologies offer “a lot of potential but also a lot of unknowns,” Chris Spear, ATA president, said trucking must “take our seat at the table with other industries to develop a [policy] framework without stymying innovation.

Tags: ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles



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