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September 9, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Input Sought for Hours-of-Service Study

Photo: Jim Park

The American Transportation Research Institute has started its second phase of research on the effects of recent changes to the hours-of-service rules, which went into effect on July 1.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service, ATRI, Fleets

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

Washington State I-5 Bridge to Open This Weekend

Crews working in August to repair the I-5 bridge in Washington state. Credit: Wash. State DOT

The Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge in Burlington, Wash., is on schedule to be completed later his week -- but there will still be detours through mid-November, according to the Washington State Transportation Department.

Tags: Washington, Road Construction, I-5, Interstate 5

September 9, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Digs into Four-Wheeler Confessions

Credit: Insurance.com

If you see a motorist cussing in front of kids in the car or flipping people off, it's most likely to be a woman, but men aren't pillars of polite driving, either -- at least according to one newly released survey.

Tags: Safety

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Drivewyze Now Offers Mobile Inspection Site Bypass in Kansas

Drivewyze Inc. announced that Kansas has become the 17th state to adopt the Drivewyze Pre-Clear bypass service, which uses tablets, smartphones and select electronic on-board recorders to provide commercial vehicles with inspection site bypass opportunities.

Tags: Information Technology, Drivewyze PreClear

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

CVSA’s Brake Safety Week is Sept. 8-14

This week is Brake Safety Week, one of two enforcement and outreach campaigns dedicated to promoting truck and bus brake safety held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance each year. The unannounced Brake Check is held each spring and Brake Safety Week each fall.

Tags: Brake Safety Week, CVSA, Brakes

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

Bent Locking Mechanism Cited in Fatal Tractor-Trailer Separation

A tractor-trailer separation incident in the town of Truxton, N.Y., last May that claimed seven lives happened when the fifth wheel wasn't locked correctly.

Tags: Fifth Wheels, New York

September 4, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Testing New Way to Screen Carrier Applicants

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is testing a new approach to screening new entrants into the business, in hopes of saving money and improving efficiency. In July the agency began a year-long test of a pre-screening process designed to identify high-risk applicants that need an on-site safety review and give low-risk applicants a way to file their information electronically.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Screening

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Backup Warning Devices Soon Required for Delaware-Based Trucks

Trucks based in the one of the nation’s smallest states are going to have to comply with a law requiring them to make a big noise.

Tags: Equipment, Delaware

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

Guest Commentary: Freight Efficiency - Lofty Goals with Little Action

In too many cases we have seen government state laudable goals in its laws while at the same time doing little or in some cases working against those goals from being achieved. This unfortunately appears to be the case with the federal transportation reauthorization act, known as MAP-21, when it comes to freight policy.

Tags: Colorado, MAP-21, Truck Weights

August 29, 2013 - Industry News

FreightWatch Warns Labor Day Weekend Poses Threat For Increased Thefts

Holiday weekends notoriously show an increase in cargo theft risks for transportation companies, shippers and manufacturers. Historically, FreightWatch has recorded high theft levels, including pharmaceuticals, electronics and several $1 million-plus valued thefts over Labor Day Weekend.

Tags: Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

August 28, 2013 - Industry News

CDC: Older Truckers and Other Workers Suffer More Highway Deaths

Highway transportation incidents are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the United States, with the highest fatality rates occurring among workers age 65 or older, according to a new Centers for Disease Control report.

Tags: Drivers, Highway Fatalities

August 27, 2013 - Industry News

Jury Awards More Than a Million Dollars to Man for Truck Accident

An Illinois jury last Friday returned a verdict in favor of a 37 year-old Troy, Illinois man, awarding him nearly $1.3 million that stemmed from him being hit by a tractor-trailer.

Tags: Accidents, Litigation

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Walmart Transportation's Gary Harms is National Truck Driving Grand Champion

Gary Harms, a Walmart Transportation professional truck driver based in Olathe, Kan., was named the 2013 National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.

Tags: ATA, NTDC, National Truck Driving Championships

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

CVSA Names Grand Champion for North American Inspectors Championship

Derek Canard, of the Arkansas Hihgway Police, was awarded the Jimmy K. Ammons Grand Champion Award at NAIC 2013.

A group of 52 of the best of the best roadside inspectors representing jurisdictions across North America gathered in Salt Lake City, August 19-23, 2013, to compete in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s North American Inspectors Championship.

Tags: CVSA, NAIC

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Worker Deaths Fall in 2012, Trucking Still has High Fatality Rate

A preliminary total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2012, down from a revised count of 4,693 fatal work injuries in 2011, according to a new report from the U.S. Labor Department.

Tags: Drivers, Highway Fatalities, Indiana Department of Labor

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Halvor Lines Wins TCA’s Third Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown

The Truckload Carriers Association announced the winners of the 3rd North American Battle of Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown. Halvor Lines Inc., of Superior, Wis., swept the competition, with its team winning the company contest and one of its driver managers, Keith Kitch, also a resident of Superior, Wis., taking the top honor for individuals.

Tags: TCA, Trucking's Weight Loss Showdown

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Woman Faces Multiple Charges Over Drug Test Results

A federal grand jury returned a 25-count indictment, charging a California woman for falsifying commercial driver drug test results.

Tags: Regulations, Drug Testing, U.S. DOT

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Will Hold Carriers Responsible for Dispatching Non-Compliant Owner Operators

Businesses that dispatch vehicles or owner operators in California must verify that each contracted vehicle is in compliance with the California Truck & Bus regulation or has reported compliance to the California Air Resources Board.

Tags: CARB, California, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Clean Air Retrofit

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Reminder: Highway Use Tax Return Due Sept. 3

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding owners of heavy highway vehicles that in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Tags: IRS, Taxes, Trucks

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts New Carrier Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has completed a years-long effort to streamline and simplify its registration system. In a notice posted Friday, the agency spelled out the changes that will take effect when the new regime kicks in a little over two years from now.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Unified Registration System

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Two Recalls Issued for Volvo Trucks

The first of two new recalls by Volvo Trucks involves 381 model year 2013-2014 VNL vehicles manufactured April 2, 2012, through May 3, 2013 that are equipped with a Meritor RPL-20 driveline transmission.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls, NHTSA

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Changing Bridge Weight Limits Starting August 29

Pennsylvania DOT Secretary Barry Schoch has authorized his department to add or increase weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges.

Tags: Drivers, Pennsylvania, Highway Funding, Fleets, Road Construction, Bridges

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-65/I-70 Soon to Close for About Two Months

Credit: Indiana DOT

The Indiana Department of Transportation is launching an accelerated project that will close Interstate 65 and Interstate 70 between the north and south splits on the east side of downtown Indianapolis for approximately 59 days to reconstruct and lower one-half mile of pavement beneath seven bridges.

Tags: Indiana, I-70, Road Construction, Interstate 70, Interstate 65, I-65

August 23, 2013 - Industry News

Traffic This Labor Day Expected to be Highest in Several Years

Credit: AAA

Trucking can likely expect bigger traffic delays during the upcoming Labor Day holiday than they have experienced over the past few years

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

Value of Cargo Theft Increases

The level of cargo thefts from trucking is nearly unchanged over the past three months, but the average value of each theft has risen dramatically, according to FreightWatch International's latest report.

Tags: Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

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