May 13, 2015 - Industry News
The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $55-billion spending bill that includes a provision to allow 33-foot long double trailers on Interstate and other highways— regardless of state laws.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Trailers, 34-Hour Restart, Insurance
May 11, 2015 - Industry News
President Obama has announced he will nominate Greg Nadeau to serve as the next Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Nadeau, 58, will replace Victor Mendez, who in July was named Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation.
Tags: FHWA, People, Leadership
HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park gets a right-hand-seat view of Daimler Truck's Inspiration Truck and the Highway Pilot autonomous control system in action.
Tags: DTNA, Freightliner Cascadia, Autonomous Drive, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America
May 6, 2015 - Industry News
The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.
Tags: FMCSA, DOT, Accidents
Fontaine Modification is recalling 3,571 Freightliner M2 trucks modified to have dual steering to fix brake lights that may not illuminate, according to federal records.
Tags: Freightliner, Fontaine Modification, Freightliner M2, Recalls, Steering System
May 5, 2015 - Industry News
Daimler Trucks North America introduced its new autonomous Freightliner Inspiration Truck Tuesday night at Hoover Dam, using the historic dam as the world's largest projection screen in its dramatic premier.
Tags: Freightliner, Nevada, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Drive
The Truckload Carriers Association has presented its annual Clare C. Casey Award to Dean Newell, Vice President of Safety and Training for Maverick Transportation, LLC.
Tags: Maverick Transportation, Truckload Carriers Association
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied motions seeking to overturn a ruling that upheld a California statute requiring a paid 10-minute rest break every four hours and a paid 30-minute meal period every five hours for truck drivers.
Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Penske Logistics, Supreme Court
May 4, 2015 - Industry News
The FMCSA has proposed that drivers with controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus be permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles without first obtaining an individual exemption.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Medical Examiners
Twenty-three States spent around $1.1 billion from October 2014 to mid-April 2015 to pre-treat, plow, or spread chemicals and other materials on roads to keep them open and safe this winter.
Tags: Road Salt, Snow Plow, Highway Funding, Winter
May 1, 2015 - Industry News
Within the first three weeks after it deployed the SmartDrive Systems video-based driver safety program, Mid South Baking Company boosted its internal safety score by 68%.
Tags: Driver Safety, Technology, In-Vehicle Video, SmartDrive Systems
An NTSB report has concluded that on-board video systems can “provide valuable information for evaluating the circumstances leading to a crash,” if the cameras are positioned properly and if the systems are adequate for recording in low light.
Tags: Technology, Video Event Recorders, In-Vehicle Video, NTSB
April 30, 2015 - Industry News
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, has strongly indicated that there’s no way around applying another short-term patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent.
Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study
In nearly 2,000 trucks, a front axle U-bolt may have been over-torqued – a problem that can eventually lead to steering control loss.
Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Recalls, Hino Trucks, Hino 268, Hino 338, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Hino 238, Hino 258
April 30, 2015 - Product News
Seeing Machines has announced the U.S. launch of Seeing Machines Fleet, an accident-avoidance solution that helps truck drivers and fleet operators better manage fatigue and distraction events in real time
Tags: Driver Safety, Accident Prevention, Distracted Driving, Fatigue
April 29, 2015 - Industry News
American Trucking Associations outlined three strategies to improve truck related traffic accidents in testimony before Congress.
Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Speed Limiter, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, ELDs
The 34-hour restart provisions for truck drivers, which currently remain under suspension, had a negative impact on motor-carrier safety when they were in effect by driving up crash risk, per a new ATRI research study.
Tags: HOS, ATRI, 34-Hour Restart, Crash Risk, Hours of Service
April 28, 2015 - Industry News
Paccar is recalling 443 model year 2015-2016 Peterbilt 220 and Kenworth K300 trucks for a problem with the cruise control decrease button, according to the NHTSA.
Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Recalls, Peterbilt Model 220
April 27, 2015 - Industry News
A Volvo Group subsidiary is investing in Peloton Technology, which is working on a truck "platooning" system that would save fuel and reduce congestion by allowing trucks to travel in a close-following "platoon" on the highway.
Tags: Self-Driving Vehicles, Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology
Omnitracs, LLC has launched an informational website on the upcoming electronic logging device mandate-- www.ELDfacts.com.
Tags: ELD, Omnitracs, ELDs, FMCSA, NPTC
April 25, 2015 - Industry News
A truck crash that killed five nursing students in Georgia is leading to renewed calls from one safety advocacy group for mandating collision avoidance systems on heavy trucks.
Tags: Collision Avoidance
April 24, 2015 - Industry News
The OOIDA has provided the FMCSA and the NHTSA with research showing a lack of scientific evidence supporting a speed limiter mandate and saying that enforcing the rule would make highways less safe.
Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, OOIDA, NHTSA
The American Trucking Associations remains committed to seeing a surface transportation package passed this year that will ensure a long-term fix for the Highway Trust Fund.
Tags: CSA, Highway Trust Fund, ELDs, Highway Bill, FMCSA, Regulations, American Trucking Associations
April 21, 2015 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is still seeking volunteer truck drivers for its 34-hour restart study.
Tags: FMCSA, HOS, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study
April 20, 2015 - Industry News
Con-way Truckload is buying 635 new twin-screw tractors equipped with automated manual transmissions -- a move that will more than double the AMTs to nearly half its fleet.
Tags: Freightliner, Driver Shortage, Con-way Truckload, Automated Manual Transmissions, Kenworth, Spec'ing
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