Safety & Compliance

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March 17, 2000 - Industry News

Impaired Driver To Get Second Chance for Medical Waiver

A U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to deny a vision waiver to a one-armed driver and ordered the agency to come up with a way to evaluate driving skills based on individual capabilities

March 16, 2000 - Industry News

More Evidence on the Impact of Fatigue

Fatigue has been a hot issue for the trucking industry lately. Now, for the first time, researchers have been able to take a direct accounting of the mental toll exacted by a sleepless night, reports the

Tags: Safety

March 16, 2000 - Industry News

IRP Base State Question Now In Court

What's your base state? The International Registration Plan says it's the state where you maintain your principal place of business -- not the address of your licening bureau. Truckers Bookkeeping Service doesn’t agree, and has taken the issue to court.

March 15, 2000 - Industry News

ATA Gets Clarification of OSHA Recording Rules

In response to a letter from the American Trucking Assn., the U.S. Occupational Health & Safety Administration has issued an interpretation on how employer should record driver injuries and determine incident rates

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Denies Carrier Requests to Keep Financial Data Private

Carriers that don’t want their financial and operating data made public will have to show more than “possible” harm, says the U. S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Shipper Found Liable in Crash That Took Driver's Leg

A Philadelphia jury last week awarded a shipper to pay $3.5 million to a truck driver who lost a leg when his tractor/trailer flipped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed head-on into another truck because its load of steel cables was improperly loaded by the shipper.

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March 13, 2000 - Industry News

Truck Ignites: Lightning Suspected

Lightning may have sparked a fire that consumed the cab of a Horseless Carriage tractor-trailer along Interstate 20 near Arlington, TX on Friday.

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March 13, 2000 - Industry News

Virginia Survey Supports Retreads

A recent study by the Virginia Department of Transportation concluded that retreads were not the main cause of roadside tire debris.

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March 10, 2000 - Industry News

NTSB To Hold Symposium On Safety Data Privacy

The National Transportation Safety Board will host a symposium next month designed to air the conflicts between the growing need for data to improve transportation safety and the industry's concern about the use of that data in regulatory actions, lawsuits and criminal prosecutions

March 10, 2000 - Industry News

FDA Issues Warning on Herbal "Speed" Pill

The FDA has issued new warning about the herbal 'speed' pill, ephedra. Sold over-the-counter, often in truckstops, as an energy pill, diet aid, and even as an herbal alternative to the street drug, Ecstasy, ephedra is "as easy to buy as aspirin, and looks safer, because no warning labels are required."

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March 10, 2000 - Industry News

Where is Trucking on Their Agendas?

Okay, now that John McCain is out of the race, do either of the remaining candidates know a truck from a trowel or transportation from transgression? Sen. McCain (R-AZ) is Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and

March 10, 2000 - Industry News

U.S. House Passes Meal Tax Deduction Increase

As part of a bill to increase the minimum wage to $6.15 by the year 2002, the U.S. House of Representatives has also passed a measure to restore to 80% the tax deduction that trucker drivers can take for food and beverages while they're on the road. But the vote late Thursday evening by a 246-179 margin has already drawn a promised veto from President Clinton, who says the legislation is loaded with $122 billion in special business tax cuts

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Officially Launches New Safety Agency

The fledgling Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was officially pushed out of the nest yesterday, as top officials from the Department of Transportation hosted congressional and industry leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. "We understand that this is

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Smoke Causes Big Pileup in Florida

Blinding smoke from a nearby forest fire caused a massive traffic pileup on a north Florida interstate Wednesday, killing three people and injuring 21 others, officials said.

Tags: Safety

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Tire Company Fined For Trucker's Death

The owners of a an Iowa tire plant have been fined $150,000 for safety law violations in the November 1999 explosion that killed a truck driver delivering a flammable chemical to the plant.

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March 7, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Sets 3-Year Action Plan

For the past nine months, truck safety enforcement has been getting tougher, with a 96% increase in compliance reviews and a 107% increase in penalties – but it’s only the beginning. The federal truck safety program is

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Trucker Falls Off Ladder, Gets $655,000

An Illinois truck driver who fell off a broken ladder while loading produce at a farm warehouse in Colorado was awarded $655,000 last week by a Denver federal jury.

Tags: Safety

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Help on the Way For Sleep Disorder

A computer program that can detect potentially fatal episodes of sleep apnea may soon offer physicians an easier and cheaper way to diagnose their patients, according to a recent report in the Albany Times Union. Michael I.

Tags: Safety

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Education is Key on Florida's Busy Roads

Between 15,000 to 20,000 commercial trucks travel on the roads of Florida's Polk County every day. Truckers say they strive for safety, but motorists will need more education on sharing the road to prevent many accidents.

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March 6, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Making Slow Progress

The federal truck and bus safety program is getting a much better reception on Capitol Hill than it was this time last year, but it still has miles to go before the critics will be satisfied. At a hearing before the House Transportation Subcommittee last week, chairman Frank Wolf, R-VA, gave notice that he is going to keep a sharp eye on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

March 6, 2000 - Industry News

Wolf Presses for Action on FMCSA Leadership

In a move to speed up the search for leadership at the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA, offered to help rewrite the terms of the job

March 3, 2000 - Industry News

Be Careful Out There

A recent e mail inquiry from a lady with a fond remembrance of traveling the road with a knapsack, an outstretched thumb and little else has rattled my thought process. Her idea is to hit the

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March 3, 2000 - Industry News

RSPA Looking for Ways to Cut Costs for Small Businesses

The Research and Special Programs Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting March 28 and 29 to discuss ways to improve safety, increase customer service, and reduce costs (especially for small businesses) through its management of the hazardous materials transportation safety program.

March 3, 2000 - Industry News

Trucker's Widow Wins Appeal in Michigan

The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld a $2.35 million award against the state Department of Transportation related to a 1992 crash that killed a tanker driver.

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March 2, 2000 - Industry News

ATA Asks Labor Secretary to Withdraw Ergonomics Rule

The American Trucking Assn's says a new ergonomics standard proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is unconstitutional

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