October 26, 2000 - Industry News
The Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division is shutting down some weigh stations but hiring more patrol officers to make sure trucks comply with the state's weight requirements
October 25, 2000 - Industry News
A Texas-Mexican Railroad train struck a tanker truck filled with flammable hazardous material in South Texas Tuesday, causing an explosion that injured six people
The Research and Special Programs Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed changes to the Hazardous Materials Regulations that will bring them in line with international standards
October 24, 2000 - Industry News
A recent Australian study has revealed that dashboard cameras and devices used to measure vehicle wandering might be useful to detect fatigue among truck drivers
President Clinton signed a transportation appropriations bill that funds a significantly higher federal investment in truck safety.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration got a 60% increase, from $171 million to $269 million for fiscal year 2001. The bill covers everything from the postponement of the hours of service rules and closing holes in the CDL program to border inspections and the shortage of truck parking, with a major funding increase for state enforcement efforts
October 22, 2000 - Industry News
The U.S. Senate approved the creation of a 2 million barrel home heating oil reserve for the Northeast last week, while the recent release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve continued to make headlines.
The legislation also renews the president's authority to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a 600 million barrel stockpile in Texas and Louisiana set aside by law for emergencies
October 20, 2000 - Industry News
The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that tread separation problems similar to those in the Firestone/Ford tire recall have contributed to eight deaths linked to Goodyear commercial light truck tires. But Goodyear says that report is misleading
Here’s the latest news from New Jersey:
New Jersey Turnpike tolls rose Sept. 30., though more for cash customers than for users of the automated toll system, E-ZPass. The idea is to encourage E-ZPass accounts.
Of course, trucks
Two trucking companies want an exemption from the hours of service rules so they can test a new way to manage driver fatigue.
Dart Transit, Eagan, Minn., and Star Transport, Morton, Ill., are working with sleep scientist
October 17, 2000 - Industry News
Petroleum haulers may see a government proposal to eliminate so-called “wet lines” early next year. Wet lines are the external loading/unloading lines on tank trailers which, after pumping, may still contain fuel. The National Transportation Safety Board believes they’re dangerous.
In 1997, NTSB investigated a crash in Yonkers, N.Y., in which a car collided with a tank trailer in the area of its fill line
October 12, 2000 - Industry News
Republican vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney visited with truckers in a truckstop in Ohio yesterday, learning about their worries about fuel prices and other issues as part of his "Greatest Generation" bus tour.
According to published reports, Cheney nibbled on apple pie and coffee as he shared a table with truckers at the Petro Travel Center about 15 miles south of Bowling Green
October 11, 2000 - Industry News
A North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles officer has been accused of accepting bribes from an undercover officer in exchange for not inspecting a trailer properly
A panel of international arbitrators reportedly will hand down a decision soon on whether the United States violated the North American Free Trade Agreement by not opening its borders to Mexican trucks
The National Traffic Safety Administration is looking for non-contact eye closure monitoring devices to use in tests of “drowsy driver” detection systems
October 9, 2000 - Industry News
A case now before the U.S. Supreme Court could determine whether or not the courts can overrule labor arbitration awards when public safety may be at stake
The site of last year's deadly collision between an Amtrak train and a tractor-trailer loaded with steel rods near Bourbonnais, Ill., will get $3.5 million in safety improvements
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week wrapped up six days of roundtable discussions on its massive hours-of-service proposal
It will be at least another year, and probably longer, before we see final action on hours of service reform, and practically everyone says that’s a good thing
October 6, 2000 - Industry News
International, the National PTA and other sponsors have made the Telly Award winning children’s video, Operation School Bus Safety, available for free rental at 4,200 Blockbuster Video stores nationwide.
The 16-minute video features the do’s and dont’s
Parents Against Tired Truckers is urging truckers to support legislation which would require the posting of the OSHA Surface Transportation Assistance Act Poster 3113 at all trucking facilities and terminals. The poster is designed to inform
Testifying before the House Subcommittee on Health and Environment, William C. Dement, director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Center at Stanford University Medical Center, stressed that sleep disorders have become one of the nation’s
Members of Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Executive Committee pressed Congress for early action on reauthorization of transportation legislation to ensure a stable funding source for the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program
In September 1997, a trucker was killed in Gary, IN, when he drove around a lowered highway-rail grade crossing gate and was hit by an oncoming Amtrak train.
The collision threw the driver out of the truck
International Highway Transportation Safety Week, designed to promote motor carrier highway safety throughout North America, has been scheduled for June 2-7. The event will pay tribute to the people, programs and partnerships that enhance highway safety.
According to an annual report from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, alcohol-related accidents, deaths, injuries and arrests fell in 1995. This is the sixth straight year the numbers have declined. The change is attributed to
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