May 29, 2013 - Industry News
The American Transportation Research Institute has just released research findings that looked into variations in safety trends across different classes of large trucks. The study separated and evaluated a decade of medium- and heavy-duty truck crash records and identified trends, with medium-duty trucks generally performing worse than heavy-duty.
Tags: Truck Safety, ATRI, Safety, Light & Medium
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's Compliance, Safety, Accountability and Motorcoach Hours of Service subcommittees have set a meeting for next month.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC
May 28, 2013 - Industry News
The Federal Highway Administration is kicking off the public phase of its two-year study of the truck size and weight issue. At Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday the agency is hosting the first of four planned public listening sessions on size and weight issues.
Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Truck Weights, Truck Sizes
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to survey drivers and carriers on the role of electronic onboard recorders in driver harassment. Harassment became a key issue in the pending EOBR rule when an appeals court, acting on a challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said the agency needed to pay more attention to this concern.
Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, EOBR
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced a plan to replace the collapsed portion of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River near Mt. Vernon after it was damaged by a truck hauling an oversize load on Thursday, closing a section of the route.
Tags: NTSB, I-5, Interstate 5, Bridge, Washington, infrastructure
May 24, 2013 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Colorado-based trucking company to end all interstate operations after it discovered flagrant violations of license, hours of service and drug testing regulations and equipment so unsafe it was impounded by state police. It's just the latest in a string increasingly frequent such actions by the FMCSA.
Tags: FMCSA, Enforcement
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a second complaint with the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding its safety records and the DataQ appeal process.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, OOIDA, DataQ, Enforcement
May 23, 2013 - Industry News
The number and value of cargo thefts in the United States declined February through April. according to a report released this week.
Tags: Security, Cargo Theft
While AAA projects slightly fewer Americans overall will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend than last year, due to a decline in air travel, traffic on the roadways is expected to be higher.
Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways
May 22, 2013 - Industry News
Anthony Foxx was well received by the Senate Commerce Committee at his confirmation hearing Wednesday and there were no signs of resistance to his nomination as Secretary of Transportation.
Tags: Secretary of Transportation, Department of Transportation, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Infrastructure
Illinois lawmakers have given final approval to legislation increasing the speed limit along rural interstate sections to 70 mph, but it's not certain whether the governor will sign it into law.
Tags: Speed limit, Illinois, Legislation
“CSA has had an effect on safety, but people want to make sure their scores are correct and fair,” said Rob Abbott, vice president of safety policy, American Trucking Associations during an update on the program at the recent Zonar user’s conference held in San Antonio last week. Also part of the update, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance head Steve Keppler went over the top CSA violations.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Zonar, CVSA
For the second straight day on Wednesday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it has ordered two more truckers off the road saying they are an “imminent hazard to public safety.”
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement, Safety
May 21, 2013 - Industry News
The pending mandate for electronic logging could pave the way for more mobile productivity systems in smaller fleets, said Norm Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing for Qualcomm’s Omnitracs.
Tags: Qualcomm, ALK Technologies, EOBR, ALK Transportation Technology Summit, Information Technology, Hours of Service
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared New Mexico-licensed truck driver Bobby C. Cleveland to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Cleveland was served the federal orders May 4.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a declaration of a regional emergency allowing exemptions to certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations following a series of major tornadoes that hit the Oklahoma City area.
Tags: FMCSA, Disaster, Oklahoma
May 20, 2013 - Industry News
Mack Trucks, is recalling 5,203 model year 2013-2014 CHU, CXU, GU, MRU, and LEU trucks manufactured July 16, 2012, through March 18 of this year that are equipped with drum brakes.
Tags: Mack Trucks, Recalls
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to ease the regulatory burden on drivers by dropping the requirement that they file inspection reports even when there are no defects in the truck.
Tags: FMCSA, regulations, Safety
May 16, 2013 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a number of proposed rules scheduled for this summer, including establishing a drug and alcohol database, mandatory speed limiters and prohibiting driver coercion. However, proposals on electronic logs, entry-level driver training and safety fitness probably won't be unveiled as scheduled, according to a panel discussion May 15 during Zonar's inaugural user's conference.
Tags: FMCSA, regulations, Safety, ATA, Zonar, CVSA, Enforcement
President Obama’s pick to head up the U.S. Transportation Department will go before a Senate committee next week for a confirmation hearing.
Tags: U.S. DOT
You'd better be getting ready for new hours of service rules that go into effect July 1, to be followed by proposed rules for electronic logs. That, along with an emphasis on enforcement, was the message from Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in his keynote speech for Zonar Systems' inaugural users’ conference.
Tags: FMCSA, technology, Information Technology, Zonar, Events, Safety & Compliance
May 15, 2013 - Industry News
. J. Keller & Associates Inc. continues to expand its on-site advisory services with the addition of Hazardous Materials Compliance & Safety Program Management. The service is designed to protect companies that handle, package, ship, receive, or transport hazardous materials or hazardous waste.
Tags: J.J. Keller, Hazmat
May 14, 2013 - Industry News
Authorities in Indiana and Washington are beginning a new effort targeting dangerous driving by operators of both semis and four-wheelers. The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks program from the Federal Motor Carrier Administration uses both education and high-visibility enforcement in an effort to reduce truck-involved crashes.
Tags: Washington, Indiana, Ticketing Agressive Cars and Trucks
Just over a month after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration submitted a proposed regulation to require speed limiters on big rigs to the DOT, it has been returned to the agency without approval.
Tags: Speed Limiter, U.S. DOT, NHTSA
May 13, 2013 - Industry News
The 2013 Fleet Safety Conference, scheduled for June 25-27 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature an education track focused on heavy-duty vehicles coordinated by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine.
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