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May 10, 2013 - Industry News

New Jersey Cargo Theft Bill Signed into Law

On May 9, New Jersey Gov. Christie signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible that cracks down on cargo theft in New Jersey. The measure is named the "Lt. Scott Jenkins Law" in memory of a founding member of the State Police Cargo Theft Unit, and is sponsored by 17 other Assembly Republicans.

Tags: Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Security, New Jersey

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Additional Rules for Trucker Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a proposed rule to allow state and federal enforcement officials to easily share and view the most current and accurate information about a commercial motor vehicle driver's medical certification status.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

May 9, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Slams Homeland Security Department Over TWIC Card Readers

An official manually checks a driver's TWIC credentials at the Port of Tacoma.

A new Government Accountability Office report to Congress has some far from kind words about the Transportation Security Administration and biometric readers used in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program, overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and coordinated along with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Tags: Department of Homeland Security, GAO, Transportation Security Administration, TWIC, Security, Ports, Intermodal

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Lautenberg Offers Bill to Restrict Sizes and Weights

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., reintroduced a bill that would restrict truck size and weight limits. His move positions a familiar piece in the size-and-weight chess match as the next highway bill approaches.

Tags: legislation, Highways, Truck Weights

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Maine Lawmakers Pass Speed Limit Increase, East-West Highway Likely Dead

Lawmakers in Maine have given final passage to a bill allowing speed limits to increase along Maine’s interstates, but are moving to pull the plug on a study to determine the feasibility of an east-west highway.

Tags: Speed Limits, Maine, Highways

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

72-Hour Truck Inspection Blitz Set For June 4-6

This year's Roadcheck is June 4-6.

The annual three-day roadside commercial vehicle safety crackdown known as Roadcheck will focus this year on cargo securement and educating drivers about the upcoming changes in hours of service regulations.

Tags: inspections, CVSA, Roadcheck

May 7, 2013 - Industry News

Highway Fatalities Increase for the First Time in Several Years

A new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows highway fatalities in the United States increased last year 5.3% from 2011, reversing several years of annual declines.

Tags: Highway Fatalities, NHTSA, Safety

April 30, 2013 - Industry News

Usher Transport Wins NTTC Outstanding Performance Safety Trophy

National Tank Truck Carriers announced that Usher Transport, based in Louisville, Kentucky, has won the coveted Outstanding Performance Trophy in the 2012 Safety Contest.

April 30, 2013 - Industry News

AAA Urging Illinois Lawmakers to Strike Down Speed Limit Bill

The American Automobile Association urges Illinois legislators to vote no on SB 2356, which would increase the speed limit to 70 mph on Illinois' roadways.

April 29, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Eliminates Redundant CDL Reporting Requirements

FMCSA eliminates manual violation reporting requirement for CDL holders.

April 29, 2013 - Industry News

Hit-and-Run Driver Declared Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

FMCSA declares driver who stuck and killed a gir getting off a school bus to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him off the road.

Tags: FMCSA, out of service, imminent hazard

April 26, 2013 - Industry News

DOT to Host Webinar on Truck Navigation Systems

Many bridge strikes have been caused by commercial drivers using passenger-car GPS units instead of truck-specific ones like this one.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Trucking Industry Mobility & Technology Coalition will sponsor a free webinar on the benefits and consequences of GPS navigation systems used by commercial drivers.

Tags: GPS, US DOT, TIMTC, Training, Safety, Navigation

April 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Kansas Chameleon Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has closed down four motor carriers based in Olathe, Kan., accused of being reincarnated “chameleons” for an unsafe truck company previously shut down by the agency.

Tags: FMCSA

April 25, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Most Distracted CV Drivers Are Distracted During Risky Maneuvers

The top 5% distracted drivers of commercial vehicles are distracted 79% of the time during risky driving maneuver. That's nearly six times more often than the rest of the drivers, according to the initial results of the SmartDrive Distracted Driving Index study, which explores the distracted driving rate of commercial fleets.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, SmartDrive

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

Increased Penalties Take Effect for Knowingly Violating Hazmat Regs

The DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced that increased maximum civil penalties are now in effect for violations of federal hazardous materials transportation regulations that lead to death, serious injuries or extensive property damage.

Tags: Regulations, Hazmat

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

CVSA Takes Issue with ATA Call for More Traffic Enforcement

Traffic enforcement alone only gets to one of the CSA BASICs, but traffic enforcement with an inspection gets to the three BASICs that are most closely tied with risk, says CVSA.

A trucking leader’s call for police to put more emphasis on traffic enforcement rather than roadside inspections yielded a polite “thank you” from the enforcement community – and disagreement with some of his message.

Tags: ATA, CVSA, Enforcement

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

Montana Officials Nab More Trucks with 360SmartView Inspection System

Data collected by the Montana Department of Transportation using the 360SmartView truck safety screening system show significant results from focusing limited enforcement resources on trucks that are out of compliance with safety and credential requirements.

Tags: Safety, Enforcement

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hands-Free Texting Isn’t Safer According to New Study

Using a handheld phone for texting is equally dangerous whether you do it manually or with voice-to-text, according to new research.

Efforts by federal officials prohibiting all interstate and haz-mat truckers from texting while driving, along with many state having such laws for all drivers, may do little for safety on the roadway, based on new research.

Tags: Texting, Research, Drivers, Safety, Distracted Driving

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Research Continuing into Solving Truck Parking Problem

Truckers looking for increasingly hard to find parking spaces may be getting some help from the American Transportation Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Transportation. ATRI is working with multiple partners to test a new system for truck parking management.

Tags: U.S. DOT, ATRI, Truck Parking

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Leader Calls for More Traffic Enforcement

Byrd says a 2011 FMCSA study found traffic enforcement coupled with roadside inspections three times more effective than just roadside vehicle inspections in reducing crashes, fatalities and injuries.

A trucking industry leader is calling on police to put more emphasis on traffic enforcement, even if it means taking resources away from roadside inspections. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data, traffic enforcement has been falling in relation to other types of enforcement.

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

Wisconsin Bill Would Encourage Drivers to Slow Down Around Garbage Trucks

Inspired by a sanitation worker who lost his leg in an accident, two Wisconsin legislators introduced legislation designed to get other drivers to drive more carefully around garbage trucks.

Tags: legislation, Safety, Wisconsin, Refuse Trucks

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Fatigue Management Program Near Completion

A coalition of U.S. and Canadian trucking interests are close to releasing a best-practices manual for fatigue management.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, ATRI, Con-Way, Fatigue management, Transport Canada, Canadian Trucking Alliance, Challenger Motor Freight, FMCSA, Drivers

April 12, 2013 - Industry News

Medical Services Added To Bordentown Petro

TravelCenters of America has opened a medical clinic at the Petro Stopping Center, located off I-295, Exit 57, in Bordentown, N.J. This is the first medical clinic offering in the state for the chain and its 18th location nationwide offering medical services.

Tags: TA, Petro, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, TravelCenters of America, Drivers, Driver Health, Health, Truckstops

April 8, 2013 - Industry News

Trucker Awarded More Than $2 Million in Court Decision Over Injuries

Jurors in a St. Louis federal court have handed down a more than $2 million dollar decision to a truck driver as a result of injuries he received while unloading.

Tags: lawsuits, Workers' Compensation, Drivers

April 5, 2013 - Industry News

FHWA Takes Next Step in Truck Size-Weight Limit Study

The Federal Highway Administration chose a Massachusetts engineering firm, CDM Smith and Associates, to help prepare its comprehensive study of truck size and weight limits. The $2.3 million contract is the next step in the agency’s effort to finish the study by November 2014, as required by last year’s highway law.

Tags: FHWA, Truck Weights

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