Safety & Compliance

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July 31, 2000 - Industry News

OSHA: Access to Self-Audits Necessary for Enforcement

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has a right to see a company’s voluntary self-audit results and will exercise that right when necessary

July 31, 2000 - Industry News

New Safety Rule: Unsatisfactory Rating Leads to Out-of-Service Order

Federal officials are about to post a rule that will put truckers out of service if they don’t improve an unsatisfactory safety rating. The rule, which has cleared the White House and is due out from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration possibly this week, says that truckers have 60 days to fix an unsatisfactory rating or be declared unfit and placed out of service. It also says that the federal government, the country’s biggest shipper, may not use “unfit” truckers

July 28, 2000 - Industry News

The Election and Trucking

Even as Congress returns to work this week, all eyes are on the Presidential election, now less than two months away. How the election will affect Congress, and Congress' impact on trucking, is anybody's guess. Some basics are

July 27, 2000 - Industry News

Bill Would Let Local Governments Regulate Tow Trucks

State and local governments would have broad authority to regulate tow truck operators under a bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week

July 26, 2000 - Industry News

Praxair Tests Safety Devices in Pursuit of Perfection

Management textbooks say that business goals should be easy to describe, and hard to reach. Tom Rule, national manager of trucking operations for hazmat carrier Praxair Inc., has distilled that counsel into its purest essence. His goal

Tags: Safety

July 19, 2000 - Industry News

GAO Report Underscores Lack of Data in Hours Proposal

Estimates of safety gains from revision of the hours of service rules are based on assumptions, not concrete data – and no one knows if those assumptions are reasonable. That is the message to Congress from the General Accounting Office, the watchdog agency charged with critiquing how government does its work

July 17, 2000 - Industry News

NHTSA To Address Driver Distraction Issue

With the explosion of various electronic devices in both cars and trucks, from in-cab navigation systems to collision warning systems, the U.S. Department of Transportation is focusing its attention on "driver distraction" with two public events

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July 17, 2000 - Industry News

Detroit News Tackles Truck Safety

The Detroit News delved into truck safety Sunday and Monday in a two-day Special Report, which focused largely on technology as a way to reduce truck crashes

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July 14, 2000 - Industry News

Trucker Survives 250-foot Plunge

An Ohio truck driver survived a 250-foot drop over a ravine on Sandstone Mountain, known as one of the most hazardous highway sites in West Virginia, according to Associated Press reports

Tags: Safety

July 14, 2000 - Industry News

New Hazmat Guidelines for Tunnels on PA Turnpike

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission recently issued revised guidelines on transporting hazardous materials through its five tunnels. The new regulations — which became effective July 15 — permit truck drivers to haul formerly prohibited materials in restricted non-bulk shipments

July 14, 2000 - Industry News

Senate Rejects Fuel Tax Suspension

As part of the ongoing estate tax debate, the Senate voted overwhelmingly last week against suspending the federal fuel tax through the November election. Critics said the measure was nothing more than an attempt to influence

July 12, 2000 - Industry News

I-44 Weigh Stations Shut Down in Missouri

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is shutting down commercial vehicle weigh stations on Interstate 44

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July 10, 2000 - Industry News

Still Too Many Loopholes in CDL System, DOT Says

Unsafe truck drivers are getting away with breaking the rules because states are not cracking down, says the Department of Transportation

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July 9, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Wraps Up Public Hearings on Hours Reform

The struggle over hours of service reform entered a new phase with the end last week of public hearings by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

July 8, 2000 - Industry News

Study Shows Safety "Learning Curve" for New Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken a look at the safety records of new carriers and found significant reason for concern.

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July 6, 2000 - Industry News

Final Hours of Service Hearing Under Way

The parade of more than 500 witnesses on hours of service reform is drawing to a close in Washington, D.C., today as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration holds the eighth and final public hearing on the controversial proposal. Or maybe it won’t be the final hearing after all. Several witnesses at yesterday’s opening session asked the safety agency to schedule yet another hearing so that shippers could get their views into the record

June 30, 2000 - Industry News

NTSB Recommends Haz-Mat Loading/Unloading Regs

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration establish safety requirements for the loading and unloading of hazardous materials within one year

June 30, 2000 - Industry News

Driver Passes Out From Fumes, Loses Control of Rig

A truck driver apparently lost consciousness from inhaling fumes before his 18-wheeler veered off an interstate, crashing through a fence and flipping on its side

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June 30, 2000 - Industry News

Wolf Urges Colleagues to Support Hours of Service Reform

Rep. Frank Wolf is calling on his congressional colleagues to reject a Senate attempt to squelch a proposal to reform the hours of service rules. In a letter, the Virginia Republican said that the Department of Transportation

June 29, 2000 - Industry News

Shippers Target at Atlanta HOS Hearing

It was standing-room only Thursday morning at the meeting room in the TA Atlanta South truckstop as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration convened its next-to-last public listening session on its controversial hours of service proposal

June 29, 2000 - Industry News

Illinois Suspends Fuel Tax

Expect to see pump prices drop in Illinois in the next week. The state General Assembly has suspended the 5 percent sales tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for six months, effective Saturday, July 1

June 28, 2000 - Industry News

Rep. Blunt Calls for Fuel Tax Suspension

Rep. Roy Blunt revived congressional efforts to lower fuel prices by suspending the federal fuel tax. This week the Missouri Republican called for a 90-day suspension of the federal tax on gasoline and diesel, amounting to 18.4 cents per gallon. He said the combination of rising fuel prices in the Midwest, and a $50 billion federal budget surplus, justify the $8 billion loss of revenue to the Highway Trust Fund that would result from the tax suspension

June 28, 2000 - Industry News

Congress Supports More Investment In Truck Safety

As the budgeting process for the Department of Transportation unfolds, it is clear that Congress will support a significantly higher investment in truck safety

June 28, 2000 - Industry News

Drowsy Drivers Everywhere

With all the focus on truck driver fatigue as the industry debates the federal government's hours of service proposal, it might be worthwhile if federal officials took a look at the sleep debt of Americans in

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June 26, 2000 - Industry News

Truckers Help Troopers in Oregon

John Gerhards was recently headed home when he spotted another vehicle in trouble. “I was on 9-1-1 before he hit the gravel,” he recalled. Because he knew exactly what information to give the dispatcher -- and because the dispatchers know him -- police and emergency crews were there in five minutes

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