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April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Safety Groups Seek End to Roadway Fatalities

Photo via Minesweeper/Wikimedia.

A coalition of safety groups has released an ambitious plan to eliminate roadway deaths by 2050 in response to rising fatalities in recent years that have reversed the progress of earlier decades.

Tags: National Safety Council, Road Deaths, Research, Safety

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Despite Full ELD Enforcement, Truck Capacity Increased

It's hard to deny that electronic logging devices have had an effect on the trucking industry in the short time since they were mandated, but it might not be in the ways you'd expect. HDT File Image

It's hard to deny that electronic logging devices have had an effect on the trucking industry in the short time since they were mandated, but it might not be in the ways you'd expect.

Tags: Hours of Service, Owner-Operators, Capacity, DAT Solutions, ELD Mandate, ELDs

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Now Recording ELD Violations in SMS

Violations of the ELD rule found during roadside inspections since full enforcement kicked in are now being used in the Safety Measurement System. Image: FMCSA

Violations of the electronic logging device rule found during roadside inspections since full enforcement kicked in on April 1 are now being used in the Safety Measurement System that drives the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Carrier, Safety, Accountability enforcement program.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Hours of Service, ELD Mandate

April 12, 2018 - Industry News

Tesla Removed from Crash Investigation for Violating NTSB Rules

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Tesla will no longer be able to participate in the National Transportation Safety Board investigation of a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model X after it violated the agency’s rules on sharing investigative information before being vetted and confirmed.

Tags: NTSB, Tesla, Autonomous Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Accidents, Drivers, Safety, Tesla Model X

April 10, 2018 - Industry News

HazMat Hauler Shut Down for Moving Explosives Without Regard for Safety

Inspectors found RC Stone & Farms had transported explosive materials without following safety rules or filing proper paperwork. Photos courtesy FMCSA

The FMCSA has ordered Tennessee-based trucking company Rock Stone Company to cease all transportation of explosives and hazardous materials after it was found to pose an imminent hazard to public safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Hazardous Materials, Hazmat, Imminent Hazard, Out of Service Violations

April 9, 2018 - Industry News

Operation Safe Driver Week Set to Begin July 15

This year's Operation Safe Driver Week has been set for July 15-21. Photo: CVSA

Operation Safe Driver Week has been set for the week of July 15-21, 2018, with law enforcement around the country joining in on the effort to spot unsafe driving behaviors by commercial vehicle drivers and passenger vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Driver Behavior, Distracted Driving, Law Enforcement, Fatigue, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

April 6, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-Series Trucks, Expedition for Shifter Cable

Photo of 2018 F-150 pickup courtesy of Ford.

Ford is recalling an estimated 350,000 2018 F-150 and 2018 Expedition vehicles with 10-speed automatic transmissions as well as 2018 F-650 and F-750 vehicles with six-speed automatic transmissions because a clip that locks the gear shift cable may not be fully seated.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, Transmissions, Ford F-150, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Ford Expedition, 2018-MY, Safety

April 4, 2018 - Industry News

Many States Falling Short on Distracted Driving Laws

Photo via Intel Free Press/Flickr.

Some 20 states still lack texting while driving bans for all drivers or total cellphone bans for teens and novice drivers, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).

Tags: Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Safety, Teen Drivers, State Laws

April 4, 2018 - Industry News

ATA Names Horvath Director of Safety Policy

Dan Horvath, ATA director of safety. Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations has hired Dan Horvath as the organization’s new director of safety, in charge of transportation safety advocacy.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Safety

April 4, 2018 - Industry News

Penske Logistics Adds Video-Based Safety Program

The foundation includes event-triggered onboard cameras from SmartDrive that face inside the truck cab, and outwards to the road, along with an ongoing driver safety coaching program. (Photo courtesy of Penske)

Penske Logistics is introducing the next generation of truck fleet safety technology through a video-based safety program in more than 2,800 of its heavy-duty trucks across the company’s North America operations.

Tags: Penske Logistics, SmartDrive, In-Vehicle Video, Safety

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Smart Cities, Crash Data, Marijuana Make ATRI's Top Research Priorities List

Continental has partnered with Columbus, Ohio to develop a Smart Columbus smart city initiative. ATRI wants to examine how trucking can be effectively incorporated into concepts like it. Image: Continental

The American Transportation Research Institute's top research priorities for 2018 include smart cities, autonomous vehicles, and cannabis intoxication testing procedures, among others.

Tags: CDL, Drug Testing, Crash Research, ATRI, Autonomous Vehicles, Smart City

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Truck Drivers Operating Without ELD May Now be Put Out of Service

No ELD? Drivers can now be put out of service. Photo: Fleetmatics

Now that the April 1 "hard enforcement" deadline has passed on the electronic logging device mandate, property-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers operating their vehicle without a required registered electronic logging device or a grandfathered automatic on-board recording device will be placed out of service for 10 hours, according to CVSA.

Tags: CSA, CVSA, Enforcement, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 30, 2018 - Industry News

House Bill Aims to Bend 14-Hour Clock for Truck Drivers

Newly proposed bill would allow truckers a daily break of up to 3 consecutive hours that would not eat into their 14-hour on-duty allotment.

A newly proposed bill would allow truck drivers a daily break of up to 3 consecutive hours that would not eat into the 14-hour on-duty allotment afforded them by federal Hours of Service rules.

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

March 30, 2018 - Industry News

Schilli Corp. Adopts Video-Based Fleet Safety Program

Schilli fleet managers recognize the critical role driver coaching plays in reducing risk and preventing collisions. Since adopting the SmartDrive program the fleet has already seen a reduction in collisions. Photo: Schilli Corp.

Schilli has deployed the SmartDrive program across its entire fleet of more than 300 vehicles across all five of its operating companies.

Tags: SmartDrive, In-Vehicle Video, Collision Mitigation Technology

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Impact of Full ELD Enforcement: ‘A Firehose of Violations’

Everyone required to operate with an ELD will face “a firehose of violations” issued roadside by law enforcement, predicts Steve Bryan, president of Vigillo.

Not just the illegally unprepared may feel the shock starting April 1, when full enforcement of the electronic logging device rule kicks in. That’s because everyone required to operate with an ELD will face “a firehose of violations” issued roadside by law enforcement, predicts Steve Bryan, president of Vigillo.

Tags: FMCSA, Vigillo, ELD Mandate, TCA, ELDs

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Les Schwab Recalls Retread Truck Tires

Photo of Les Schwab Tire Center in Thornton, Col., via Les Schwab.

Les Schwab is recalling 41,336 steel-belted radial retread truck tires because the vulcanizing compound used during the process may not have been completely cured, which can lead to incomplete adhesion of the tread to the tire casing.

Tags: Replacement Tires, Medium-Duty Trucks, Recalls, Tires, Retreads, Safety

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

ELD Mandate: 10 Things You Need to Know as Full Enforcement Hits

Printing is one of several ways e-logs can be presented to enforcement officials during roadside inspections. Photo: Continental VDO

The "soft enforcement" period for the new electronic logs mandate is over as of April 1. Here are 10 things that can help you make sure you're legal.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Compliance

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Arizona Halts Uber's Autonomous Testing

Screenshot via ABC Action News.

Arizona's Gov. Doug Ducey called the crash "an unquestionable failure" and suspended Uber's ability to test self-driving cars on public roads throughout the state.

Tags: Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, Fully Autonomous, Pedestrians, Vehicle Testing, Arizona, Mobileye

March 27, 2018 - Product News

Netradyne RiskMap Identifies Risks on Specific Routes

RiskMap shows degree of risk for traffic lights or speed on a given road. The larger the circle, the greater the volume of risk. The redder the circle, the more severe the risks. Photo: David Cullen

Netradyne has announced a new feature for analyzing driver risks based on the route called Driveri RiskMap, allowing fleet managers to visualize a more complete picture of fleet behavior.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Behavior, Fleet Management Software, Routing, TCA, Netradyne

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

FCMSA Seeks Public Comment on Autonomous Vehicle Technology

FMCSA wants to hear about regulations and autonomous trucks. Photo: Daimler Trucks

Public comments to FCMSA on autonomous vehicle technology must be received by May 10, 2018 to be included in the organization's study.

Tags: FMCSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Regulations

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Hino Recalls 2018-2019 Trucks for Valve Train Nuts

Photo of 2018 338 class 7 vocational truck courtesy of Hino.

Hino Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. is recalling an estimated 45 2018 to 2019 trucks with engine codes NE8J, NJ8J, and NV8J because the screw lock nuts that secure the engine's valve train may not have been properly tightened during manufacturing, and could potentially loosen within the engine and damage it.

Tags: Hino, Diesel Engines, Recalls, 2018-MY

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Spending Bill Stretches ELD Exemption for Livestock Haulers

Updated: Livestock haulers will get a respite from complying with the electronic logging device rule thanks to the omnibus funding measure passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 23.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, EOBR, U.S. Congress, ELD Mandate

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Widens Stance on AOBRD Grandfather Clause

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has slightly liberalized its stance on the use automatic on-board recording devices by some fleets that are using those devices under the terms of the AOBRD grandfather clause within the electronic logging device rule.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD, ELD Mandate

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

RoadCheck Inspections Will Focus on Hours of Service Compliance

This year's CVSA RoadCheck will focus on hours of service compliance in its roadside inspections. Photo: CVSA

With electronic logging device implementation a major topic for trucking in 2018, this year’s International RoadCheck inspection blitz will focus on hours of service compliance.

Tags: Hours of Service, CVSA, Roadcheck, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Service Accused of Coercing Fleets into Paying Fake Fees Agrees to Settle

The accused allegedly took more than $19 million from small trucking businesses by creating the false impression that they were affiliated with U.S. DOT, the UCR system, or another government agency.

The operators of an online registration service for carriers have agreed to settle with the FTC for $900,000 over charges that they impersonated and falsely claimed affiliation with government agencies to trick fleets into paying them for UCR registration.

Tags: Lawsuits, FTC, U.S. DOT, Fraud, Settlement

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