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December 2, 2016 - Industry News

SmartDrive Enhances Driver-Safety Video Solution

An event view captured for saefty analysis and driver coaching. Image: SmartDrive

The latest release of SmartDrive’s video-based analytics platform and safety program includes new capabilities for capturing and delivering videos, improving the video-coaching process and driver-performance analytics as well as custom policy configurations.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, video-based safety

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Finalizes Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule

Image: FMCSA

The long-anticipated final rule to establish a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers has at last been released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The rule goes into effect on January 4, 2017, with a compliance date of January 2020.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Regulations

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Older Sprinter Vans Recalled for Brake Warning Light

Photo by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

The recall covers more than 17,000 Dodge and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2003 to 2006 model years.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Recalls, 2003-MY, 2006-MY, 2005-MY, 2004-MY, NHTSA, Dodge Sprinter, Freightliner Sprinter

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Arizona to Test Work Zone Notification, Quicker Safety Inspections

Safety at work zones and streamlined inspections at the Mexican border are involved in the Arizona programs.

The Arizona Department of Transportation will use federal funding next year to testing technology to improve commercial transportation safety and efficiency.

Tags: Inspections, Grants, Road Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Alternative Medical Certification for VA Physicians

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on a proposal that would establish an alternative certification process for Department of Veteran’s Affairs physicians to be added it its list of certified medical examiners.

Tags: FMCSA, Department of Veterans Affairs, Medical Examiners

November 26, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan Recalls Titan XD Diesel Trucks for Fuel Gauge

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

The recall affects more than 12,000 2016-model year pickup trucks that are at a higher risk for running out of fuel.

Tags: Nissan, Recalls, NHTSA, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, Nissan Titan XD

November 17, 2016 - Industry News

Rockport Trucks Recalled for Stalling

Photo courtesy of Forest River.

The recall, expected to begin Dec. 20, affects 22 Rockport cargo box trucks and work trucks in the 2016 model year.

Tags: Recalls, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Box Trucks, Forest River, Rockport

November 17, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Online Systems to be Down Starting Nov. 17

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has advised that a scheduled outage of its online information systems will take place starting today at 9:00 p.m. EST and extend through Sunday, Nov. 20, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Tags: FMCSA

November 16, 2016 - Industry News

Hirschbach Adds Lytx DriveCam Safety Program to Fleet

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Refrigerated carrier Hirschbach has incorporated the Lytx DriveCam in-cab video system into its truck fleet to increase safety and reduce accidents.

Tags: Lytx, In-Vehicle Video, Hirschbach Motor Lines

November 15, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB Updates 'Most Wanted List' of Safety Improvements

Image: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board’s latest “Most Wanted List” of safety improvements contains no big surprises compared to the one issued last year.

Tags: Highway Safety, NTSB

November 14, 2016 - Industry News

OOIDA Challenging Rule with Sleep Apnea Referral Requirement

A court challenge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule on medical examiner’s certification integration has been initiated by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, OOIDA

November 14, 2016 - Industry News

Brake Service Violations Increase to 13.2%, CVSA Says

The results from the 2016 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week have revealed a slight increase in out-of-service violations compared to last year’s inspection period.

Tags: Brakes, Brake Safety Week, ABS, CVSA, Out of Service Violations

November 11, 2016 - Industry News

Specialized Light Aims to Reduce Dropped Trailers

LED 5th Wheel Light Image: Purkeys

Purkeys Fleet Electric's 5th Wheel Light illuminates the jaws so a driver can see that they've secured the trailer's king pin.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Fifth Wheels, Purkey's Fleet Electric

November 11, 2016 - Industry News

Aon Transportation & Logistics to Affiliate with Trucking Alliance

The Transportation & Logistics Practice of Aon Risk Solutions has accepted an invitation to join the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (known as the Trucking Alliance), beginning in 2017.

Tags: The Trucking Alliance

November 11, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues Safety Advisory for Keith Huber Tankers

The FMCSA has issued a safety advisory to owners and operators of DOT407 and DOT412 specification cargo tank motor vehicles manufactured by the defunct Keith Huber Inc.

Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Safety, Recalls, Tankers

November 10, 2016 - Industry News

Isuzu Truck Recall Tied to Unintended Acceleration

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

The recall covers more than 25,000 2014- to 2016-model year Isuzu NPR and NPR HD trucks and 2016-MY Chevrolet Low Cab Forward 3500 HD, 4500HD, and 4500XD trucks.

Tags: Recalls, 2014-MY, Isuzu NPR, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Isuzu NPR-HD, Chevrolet Low Cab Forward, Chevrolet, Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

Over-Height Detection System Installed in NYC

Photo: NY.gov

The installation of a $4.8 million over-height vehicle detection system has been completed on two New York City parkways to prevent large trucks from hitting low-clearance bridges.

Tags: New York City, Bridges, Oversize Loads

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

NHTSA Slates Public Meeting on Autonomous Vehicle Policy

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will hold a public meeting on Nov. 10 to gain input on the federal policy on automated vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Policy, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

DriveCam Video Helps Address Driver Complacency

The Andrus team, which serves 11 Western states and Texas, entered into a trial with the Lytx DriveCam video telematics program with it's 340-truck fleet.

When Andrus Transportation Services sought a way to safeguard its freight, its drivers, and the roads they travel while still maximizing their trucking assets, its leadership knew that video could be the powerful tool they needed.

Tags: DriveCam, Lytx, In-Vehicle Video, Transportation Fleets

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

OOIDA Not Throwing In ELD Towel

Photo: Continental VDO

While several trucking lobbies are applauding the court ruling that upholds a Congressional mandate to require electronic logging devices, the association that had sued to overturn the pending ELD rule has not yet given up the fight.

Tags: ATA, OOIDA, TCA, ELD, The Trucking Alliance, ELD Rule

November 2, 2016 - Product News

Peterbilt Adds Bendix Collision Mitigation to Medium-Duty Models

Photo: Peterbilt.

Peterbilt is adding the Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation technology to its medium-duty Model 337 and 348 trucks.

Tags: Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Bendix, Collision Mitigation

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Extends Speed-Limiter Rule Comment Period

Photo via FMCSA

A 30-day extension of the public comment period for a proposed truck speed-limiter rule was announced today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA

October 31, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Declares Volvo Steering Defect Recall 100% Complete

The last of nearly 16,000 trucks voluntarily recalled by Volvo Trucks North America for a steering defect have been identified and repaired, achieving a 100% safety recall completion – a rare occurrence in the world of recalls.

Tags: FMCSA, Volvo Trucks, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

October 28, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Safety Council Honors Fleets, Safety Director, Drivers

The American Trucking Associations' Safety Management Council recognized fleets, drivers and safety directors for their contributions to fleet safety at the Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition in Oklahoma City.

Tags: ATA, Awards, Safety Management Council

October 28, 2016 - Industry News

Fleets Seek Immediate Hair-Testing Action by FMCSA

J.B. Hunt is one of several carriers petitioning the FMCSA to allow hair-testing results in lieu of urinalysis to comply with pre-employment drug testing regulations for truck drivers. Photo: Drivewyze

Rather than wait for a rulemaking, several major motor carriers have petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for exemptions that would allow them to use hair-testing in lieu of urinalysis to comply with pre-employment drug testing regulations for truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Drug Testing, Truckload Carriers Association, The Trucking Alliance, Hair Testing

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