November 8, 2013 - Industry News
Trucking operations based in California or with terminals there are going to get a break from one the state’s regulations staring in a couple of years.
Tags: California, CSA, inspections, Fleets
November 7, 2013 - Industry News
UPDATED -- The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended audits of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's oversight processes in light of several deadly crashes that the board investigated, saying the findings from these investigations raise serious questions about the oversight of motor carrier operations.
Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, ATA
November 5, 2013 - Industry News
A fatal accident in which a freight train struck a tractor-trailer hauling a parade float in Midland, Tex. last November was caused by the failure of both the city and the parade organizer to address the risks associated with routing a parade through an active grade crossing and it serves as a cautionary tale to any trucking operation that volunteers equipment or people for such events.
Tags: Accidents, Texas, NTSB, National Transportation Safety Board, Safety & Compliance
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Cherryville, N.C.-based trucking company, to immediately cease operations, declaring it to be an imminent hazard to public safety.
Tags: FMCSA, Safety, CDL, Drug Testing
A vehicle-to-vehicle wireless network could improve safety by communicating warnings, but the benefits depend on broad deployment and acceptance by the public.
Tags: DOT, GAO, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communications, V2V, UMTRI, NHTSA
DriveCam Inc. has changed its company name to Lytx Inc. The company’s flagship product will now be called DriveCam, powered by Lytx, and the company will continue to offer the same driver safety solutions and service.
Tags: DriveCam, Lytx
A New York-based trucking company has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle claims that it failed to pay the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection fees covering the costs of handling and transporting oil and other hazardous wastes within the state.
Tags: Massachusetts, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Hazmat
November 4, 2013 - Industry News
The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a request with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to review a recent lower court decision upholding the federal government’s long-haul, cross-border trucking program with Mexico.
Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, OOIDA, Supreme Court, Teamsters
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is test-driving an improved version of its Safety Measurement System website.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, SMS, Safety and Compliance
November 1, 2013 - Industry News
Newly released figures show U.S. traffic fatalities in the first half of 2013 are down from the same time a year ago.
Tags: Highway Fatalities, NHTSA
October 31, 2013 - Industry News
Newly released figures from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show an increase in the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes over the past year, but there are improvements when compared to longer time periods.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Highway Fatalities, Safety and Compliance
Legislation has been introduced on Capitol Hill allowing trucking companies the option of using hair testing for illegal drugs as an approved method of screening drivers.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Drug Testing, U.S. DOT
A trio of House legislators introduced a bill that would suspend the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, pending an assessment by the Government Accountability Office.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Hours of Service, Safety and Compliance
October 30, 2013 - Industry News
Arkansas-based Sherman Brothers Trucking, doing business as Team Transport, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 11 safety and health violations and has proposed a penalty of $113,400.
Tags: OSHA, Training, Fines, Safety & Compliance
October 29, 2013 - Industry News
The Canada Border Services Agency says eManifest requirements for highway and rail carriers will not be mandatory in fall 2013, due to delays associated with regulatory processes.
Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, eManifest
October 28, 2013 - Industry News
The American Trucking Associations is calling on U.S. media outlets to “stop their inaccurate and sensationalized reporting” on a review of 36 studies claiming that a number of commercial truck drivers use drugs or alcohol while behind the wheel.
Tags: Drivers, ATA, Drug Testing, Alcohol
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a rest-break exemption from the hours-of-service rules to carriers serving the Department of Defense.
Tags: FMCSA, Department of Defense, HOS
Navistar is recalling 16.107 model year 2008-2013 International LoneStar, ProStar, and TranStar trucks manufactured Feb. 20, 2008, through July 29 of this year, that are and equipped with an electronic fifth wheel jaw release system.
Tags: Navistar, Recalls
October 27, 2013 - Industry News
West Side Transport announces that Thornton Dixon has reached 4 million incident/accident-free miles. Dixon has been with West Side Transport since March 10, 1981, and is from Anderson, S.C.
Tags: Driver Safety, West Side Transport
October 25, 2013 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration named three truck drivers as imminent hazards for separate crashes in which people were either killed or seriously injured.
Tags: FMCSA, imminent hazard
October 24, 2013 - Industry News
A new Federal Highway Administration research project will test "platooning" two trucks with the goal of saving fuel and decreasing traffic congestion. The team will research partial automation for two-truck platooning, integrating vehicle-to-vehicle communications with adaptive cruise control.
Tags: Vehicle Platooning, Smart Highway, FHWA, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks
A man has been charged in U.S. District Court in Worcester, Mass with trying to bribe a federal safety investigator in order to avoid negative findings on a safety review of his motor carrier company, but has already decided to pled guilty to avoid a lesser sentence.
Tags: FMCSA, Safety and Compliance, Litigation, Crime
Since the new hour of service rules implementation on July 1, the fleet Schneider National says it has seen a 3.1% drop in productivity on solo shipments and a 4.3% decline on team shipments.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, Fleets, Schneider National
The owners of an Alabama trucking company have been sentenced for their roles in running a “chameleon carrier.”
Tags: FMCSA, Fleets, Safety and Compliance, Litigation
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Palumbo Trucking of North Branford, Conn., and owner David Palumbo to withdraw what is says is a retaliatory lawsuit filed against two former workers who raised safety concerns, pay them $60,000 in damages and take other corrective actions.
Tags: OSHA, Safety and Compliance, Litigation, Drivers
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