December 4, 2014 - Industry News
Vehicles longer than 30 feet, including trucks, will soon be banned from a mountainous section of eastern Tennessee roadway, due to a high number of crashes over a three-year period.
Tags: Tennessee, Highways
December 3, 2014 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered truck driver James H. Patterson not to operate any commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, declaring him an imminent hazard to public safety. Patterson was involved in an accident in November that killed the driver of a passenger vehicle.
Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Cell Phone Use, Drug Charges
The Illinois Trucking Association has been successful in getting the speed limit differential between cars and trucks reduced in some rural areas near Chicago, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Tags: Legislation, Illinois, Speed Limits, Illinois Trucking Assocation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will clarify its instructions to medical examiners concerning screening drivers for sleep apnea. In response to congressional concern about sleep apnea training for examiners, the agency said it will notify examiners and trainers that they should not use federal rules and advice as guidance for apnea screening and testing.
Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health
December 2, 2014 - Industry News
Many years ago, Schneider founder Don Schneider decided on bright orange paint for his trucks to make them more visible. So it's only fitting that the home state of the megafleet is testing orange highway markings for the same reason.
Tags: Wisconsin, I-94
December 1, 2014 - Industry News
Westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., between Highway 61 and Interstate 35 East will be closed from Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 for bridge work. The road will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5th and reopens on Monday, Dec. 8th at 5 a.m.
Tags: Bridges, Road Closure, St. Paul, Interstate 94, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Highways, Minnesota, I-94
November 26, 2014 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for comments on a plan to raise insurance minimums for carriers and establish insurance requirements for brokers and freight forwarders.
Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, Department of Transportation, Hazmat
November 25, 2014 - Industry News
The Department of Transportation will not deliver its comprehensive study of the truck size and weight issue on time. In an email notice Monday, the department said it will delay delivery of the study until next year.
Tags: DOT, Truck Sizes, Size and Weight, Congress, Productivity, Congestion
November 24, 2014 - Industry News
The truck safety enforcement community has joined the industry effort to get the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to hide CSA safety data from public view. In a November 14 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said that Safety Measurement System scores should be available to police but not to the public.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, CVSA
The American Trucking Associations gave out a series of tips on safe driving during the busy Thanksgiving Holiday, which will see an estimated 46.3 million drivers on the road.
Tags: ATA, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Share the Road, Thanksgiving weekend
More than 46 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with most of them taking to the highways, according to a forecast from AAA Travel.
Tags: Highways, Holiday Travel, Holiday Driving
November 21, 2014 - Industry News
The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for relief from the provision, which says drivers must take a half-hour break in an 8-hour shift.
Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, Regulations, Drivers, Safety & Compliance
November 20, 2014 - Industry News
Logistics security services provider FreightWatch International reports it has notice an unusually high rate of violations of best practices by carriers for in-transit cargo security this quarter.
Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch
President Obama intends to nominate Mark Rosekind of the National Transportation Safety Board -- a noted fatigue scientist who has studied truck driver hours of service rules -- to the top job at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Tags: NTSB, NHTSA, Sleep Apnea, Hours of Service, Fatigue, People
November 19, 2014 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates it will post the final electronic logging mandate next September.
Tags: Insurance, Drug Testing, Vehicle Inspection, Speed Limiter, ELDs, Driver Coercion, FMCSA, Regulations
November 18, 2014 - Industry News
Detectives from the Washington State Patrol on Monday released the findings of an investigation that determined that the truck that hit the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in May 2013, leading to its collapse, was 2 inches over-height.
Tags: Accidents, Washington, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, Skagit River Bridge, Mullen Trucking, Bridges, Oversize Loads
November 16, 2014 - Industry News
The new Detroit Assurance from Daimler Trucks North America is an active vehicle safety system that complements fuel efficiency while adding a huge measure of driver convenience. The system was formally unveiled at a ride-and-drive event in Miami, Florida, on Friday.
Tags: Active Safety Systems, DTNA, Detroit Assurance, Adaptive Cruise Control, Fuel Efficiency, Transmissions, Collision Avoidance, Lane Departure Warning, Detroit Diesel
November 13, 2014 - Industry News
Few truck drivers feel they are harassed by their employers or shippers, and drivers who use electronic logs experience no more harassment than those who use paper logs. Those are the key findings of a survey by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, HOS, ELDs, Hours of Service
November 12, 2014 - Industry News
Trucking interests are preparing a request for temporary flexibility in the hours of service rules to help ease the congestion that is plaguing major ports. “We need some relief now,” said Curtis Whalen, executive director of the American Trucking Associations Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference.
Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Ports, Regulations, Port Trucking, Safety & Compliance
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published new information to answer common questions from trucking industry stakeholders about its Compliance, Safety and Accountability program.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, CSA
November 11, 2014 - Product News
Drivewyze announced that its PreClear bypass service was added in North Carolina making it the 30th state offering the mobile weigh station bypass service.
Tags: Information Technology, North Carolina, Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear, Weigh Stations
November 10, 2014 - Industry News
Frito-Lay North America recognized 106 over-the-road drivers in the U.S. and Canada who have driven more than 1 million accident-free miles. This year, six drivers reached more than 3 million accident-free miles and 24 drove more than 2 million.
Tags: Driver Safety, Accident Prevention, Driver Training, Million Mile Club, Frito-Lay North America
November 7, 2014 - Industry News
The commercial vehicle safety inspection station on southbound Interstate 83 in Parkton, Md., has been reopened for service for the first time since early 2013. The facility is located between Baltimore and the Pennsylvania state line.
Tags: Vehicle Inspection, Maryland, Weigh Stations
AT&T has introduced an iOS version of its DriveMode mobile app to limit a driver's ability to use a smart phones while driving. The app silences incoming text message alerts when the driver is going faster than 15 mph.
Tags: Driver Safety, AT&T, Mobile Apps
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for more information about entry-level driver training, as part of its effort to craft a rule. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to survey newly licensed drivers about the relationship between their training and their safety performance.
Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Regulations, Safety & Compliance
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