Safety & Compliance

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January 23, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. DOT Proposes 4 Opioids for Drug Testing Panel

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

The Department of Transportation is proposing to add four opioids (hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone) to its drug-testing panel

Tags: Drug Testing, U.S. DOT

January 20, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla AutoPilot Crash Investigation Yields Autonomous Tech Insights

Still from a YouTube video of a Tesla S model owner using the vehicle's autopilot mode.

The government has closed its investigation into a fatal crash between a Tesla on AutoPilot and a tractor-trailer that raised questions about the safety of autonomous vehicles, and the report offers a number of insights into the advanced driver assist technologies on the path to “self-driving” vehicles.

Tags: Tesla, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Tesla Model S

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Rollout of Online DOT Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended the rollout of its new online Unified Registration System until technical issues are resolved.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, Vehicle Registration

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Begins Annual Drug Testing Survey

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has started notifying selected truck and bus companies that they will be required to submit drug and alcohol testing program results within 60 days.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Survey, U.S. DOT

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Recalls Over 6,000 Trucks Due to Potential Brake Issue

Volvo Trucks North America has issued a recall of certain VNL, VNM and VNX truck models to incorrect software for controlling the electronic air dryer that may result in oil and water contaminating the brake system.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls, Brakes, NHTSA, Volvo VNX

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Detention Rule Shelved For Now

A federal rule regulating driver detention may be shelved for the foreseeable future.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, Detention Pay, Delivery Delays

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Council Head to Advise DOT on Automation

         Deborah Hersman

National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman will provide the Department of Transportation counsel on issues related to the use of automation to prevent road deaths.

Tags: National Safety Council, U.S. DOT, Autonomous Vehicles

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Chao Pitches Private Infrastructure Investment in Confirmation Hearing

Elaine Chao at her Jan. 11 confirmation hearing. Looking on is her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Screenshot via Senate Commerce Committee

During her Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 11, Elaine Chao unequivocally signaled her willingness to cooperate with Congress to enact the trillion-dollar infrastructure investment plan floated by President-elect Trump if she is indeed confirmed as the next secretary of transportation.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao, U.S. DOT

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA’s Chris Spear Named to DOT Automation Committee

ATA president Chris Spear fielding reporters' queries on autonomous policymaking at last year's Managment Conference and Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear, who has emphasized the need for trucking to have a seat at the table when it comes to autonomous vehicle technology, has been named to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s automation advisory committee.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, U.S. DOT, Autonomous Vehicles

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Michigan Approves Higher Truck Speed Limit

Photo via Michigan DOT

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed new legislation that could increase speed limits on certain roadways and includes an increase for commercial trucks.

Tags: Legislation, Michigan, Infrastructure, Speed Limits

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix Launches Online Trucking Industry Resource

Screenshot via Knowledge-Dock.com

Bendix has launched a new center of commercial vehicle information at its website safertrucks.com, centered around a new multimedia center called the Knowledge Dock.

Tags: Maintenance, Vehicle Safety, Online Tool, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

January 3, 2017 - Product News

J.J. Keller Offers Educational ELD Mandate Prep Event

Image via J.J. Keller & Associates

The trucking consulting firm J.J. Keller & Associates has announced a new educational event to help fleets prepare for the changes brought on by the upcoming ELD mandate called Practical Guidance for ELog Success: From Ideas to Plan.

Tags: Training, J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, Electronic Logging Devices, ELD Mandate

December 30, 2016 - Industry News

Groups Want Behind-the-Wheel Time Restored to Entry-Level Driver Rule

Photo courtesy Advanced Career Institute.

A trucking association and several safety advocacy groups have petitioned FCMSA to reconsider the Entry-Level Driver Training Final Rule and add minimum behind-the-wheel training time for student CDL drivers.

Tags: Driver Safety, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Drivers, OOIDA

December 29, 2016 - Industry News

Montana Suspends Hours of Service Ahead of Winter Storm

Anticipated high winds, snowfall, and sub-zero temperatures have prompted Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to temporarily suspend hours of service regulations for some carriers in the state.

Tags: Winter Driving, Hours of Service, Montana, Winter

December 28, 2016 - Industry News

Drivers Must Get New Medical Certificates After Chiropractor Charged with Faking Exams

The FMCSA is notifying drivers who were given medical examinations by Anthony Lefteris that they have 30 days to get a new a Medical Examiner’s Certificate from a medical professional on the National Registry.

Tags: CDL, Crime & Fraud, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Medical Examiners

December 27, 2016 - Industry News

Massachusetts Carrier Put Out of Service After Fatal-Crash Investigation

After a fatal crash that killed two passengers, including a 5-year old boy, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration investigation revealed Kamway Services and its owner to be in violation of multiple federal safety statutes and regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Fatal Accidents, Imminent Hazard, Crash

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

EMA to Work with EPA on Proposed Diesel NOx Rule for 2024

EPA said its new proposed rule to further reduce diesel NOx emissions by 2024 was spurred by several state and city petitions from around the country. Photo: Jim Park

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will begin work on a new proposed rule aimed at setting lower standards for NOx diesel emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines beginning in model year 2024.

Tags: CARB, EPA, NOx, EMA

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Super Duty Trucks for Fire Risk

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The recall covers more than 7,000 2017-model year trucks in the U.S.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Large Pickups

December 20, 2016 - Executive Fleet News

Mercedes-Benz Sprinters Recalled for Seat Adjusters

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

The recall, issued by Midwest Automotive Designs, covers just 28 vans in the 2016 model year.

Tags: Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, NHTSA, Van Upfitting, Midwest Automotive Designs, 2016-MY

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

State, Local Violations Top List of Citations in Safe Driver Week

State and local moving violations were the most common citations given to commercial vehicle drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Traffic Violations, Citation, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

December 16, 2016 - Product News

Bendix Wingman Advanced Available to Order on Kenworth T270, T370

The Bendix Wingman Advanced system is now available for order as an option for the Kenworth T370 medium duty truck in certain vocational applications such as aggregate hauling. Photo: Kenworth

The Bendix Wingman Advanced system is now available for order as an option on Kenworth T270 and T370 medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, T270, T370, Bendix, Collision Mitigation

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Again Delays Rollout of Online DOT Registration System

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has again delayed implementation of the final stage of its Unified Registration System for new motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

OOIDA Wants Rehearing on ELD Mandate Lawsuit

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association wants the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit to rehear a court decision regarding its lawsuit against the ELD mandate.

Tags: Regulations, Lawsuits, OOIDA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Keeps Controlled Substance Random Testing Rate

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that the controlled substances random testing rate for regulated motor carriers will remain at 25% for 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Drug Testing, Alcohol Testing

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

TransComply Launches Carrier Food-Safety Compliance Tool

The Uniform Food Safety Transportation Protocol is available now for use by motor carriers to comply with mandates from shippers and their broker agents under the new Food and Drug Administration rule for sanitary transportation of human and animal food, according to TransComply.

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, TransComply, Refrigerated Trailers

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