April 18, 2016 - Product News
Trailer leasing company Xtra Lease is offering the 2016 Size & Weight Guide, a reference guide containing state-by-state listings of size and weight regulations.
Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Xtra Lease, Size and Weight
April 15, 2016 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a safety advisory to owners and operators of certain cargo tanks that were improperly inspected and tested, and warned that the tanks must be re-inspected and retested before being used in hazardous materials hauling.
Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Testing, Hazmat, Tankers
April 14, 2016 - Industry News
An electrical defect in a cab/sleeper heater-air conditioner has prompted recalls by the supplier and by the truck manufacturer that installed the units. An electrical defect in the wiring harness can create heat and the potential for fires, the manufacturers' notices say.
Tags: DTNA, Freightliner, Recalls, Vehicle Fires, Bergstrom
An effort appears under way to insert a pro-trucking reform twice shot down by this Congress in the Fiscal Year 2017 THUD bill. However, if Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has her way, the proposal will die yet a third death on Capitol Hill.
Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay
The American Transportation Research Institute on April 15 launched an online survey of truck drivers on issues related to sleep apnea
Tags: Sleep Apnea, ATRI
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reminding Medical Examiners and commercial motor vehicle drivers that certified MEs performing physical exams of CMV drivers must use the revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form (MCSA–5875) and the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) Form (MCSA–5876) as of April 20.
April 12, 2016 - Industry News
IIHS recently conducted a round of crash tests for large pickup trucks, and the results were mostly disappointing except for the Ford F-150 SuperCab.
Tags: Ford F-150, IIHS, Toyota Tundra, Chevrolet Silverado, Crash Tests, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Ram 1500, GMC Sierra, Large Pickups
A coalition of trucking interests has come out bluntly critical of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s efforts to put in place its proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule.
Tags: FMCSA, Safety Fitness Determination
April 11, 2016 - Industry News
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the 2016 Ford F-150 pickup a Top Safety Pick for SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations.
Tags: Ford F-150, IIHS, Crash Tests, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Ford, Large Pickups, 2016-MY
In accordance with a provision of the FAST Act highway bill, the Department of Transportation has formed the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Formula Working Group.
Tags: DOT, FMCSA, MCSAP
April 6, 2016 - Industry News
International Truck will now offer IMMI’s RollTek seat with side-roll protection as an option for the ProStar truck.
Tags: Driver Safety, International Trucks, ProStar, Air Bags
April 5, 2016 - Product News
Wabco’s next generation OnLane lane departure warning system features a new, high-resolution camera integrated with a SmartDrive video-based driver performance management system to reduce instances of wandering and unsafe maneuvers.
Tags: Lane Departure Warning, Meritor Wabco, Wabco, Collision Mitigation, MATS, SmartDrive
April 4, 2016 - Industry News
Automatic emergency braking could take longer to develop in large commercial trucks because of the unique challenges in vehicles that are larger in size and heavier in weight.
Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Automatic Braking, NHTSA
The FMCSA ordered truck driver Yakov Zaverukha off the road after he was pulled over in his truck with a blood alcohol level seven times over the legal limit.
Tags: FMCSA, Alcohol, Out-of-service, Imminent Hazard
The recall, tied to contamination on the electric power steering control circuit board, affects 442 pickup trucks in the 2015 and 2016 model years.
Tags: Recalls, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, FCA US, Pickup Trucks
April 1, 2016 - Industry News
Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is seeking nominations for the 2016 Safety & Compliance Award which recognizes industry people that have demonstrated excellence in fleet safety. The deadline is April 29.
Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance
March 31, 2016 - Industry News
LOUISVILLE, KY -- Truck driver Julian Kaczor of Utica, N.Y., named the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero for pulling an injured motorist from a burning car, used the honor to deliver an important safety message.
Tags: Drivers, Awards, Goodyear Highway Hero, MATS
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a court appeal charging that electronic logging devices won’t improve safety and violate the 4th Amendment.
Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, OOIDA, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs
March 31, 2016 - Product News
LOUISVILLE, KY — Saying it is a solution to many of the “cons” of electronic logging devices, Rand McNally Thursday introduced the ELD 50, a simple, low-cost electronic logging option, at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
Tags: Rand McNally, ELDs, MATS
The recall covers nearly 38,000 low-roof Transit vans whose side-curtain air bags may be positioned incorrectly.
Tags: Cargo Vans, Recalls, Ford, Ford Transit, Air Bags, 2015-MY, 2016-MY
March 30, 2016 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has prohibited Ontario, Canada-licensed truck driver Inderjit Singh Gill from operating any commercial vehicle in the U.S. for falsifying records and repeatedly ignoring out-of-service violations.
Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Hours of Service, Fatigue, Imminent Hazard, Out of Service Violations
March 29, 2016 - Product News
ProSight Specialty Insurance is offering an enhanced drug test that goes beyond standard DOT-compliant testing to identify drug-using drivers that are not usually detected.
Tags: Driver Safety, Drug Testing, ProSight
March 28, 2016 - Industry News
FMCSA has denied an application for an exemption from the 14-hour provision of the hours-of-service rules that would have let truck drivers serving oil and natural gas fields to exclude waiting time from their calculations of on-duty time.
Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service
J.B. Hunt Transport Services has ordered 4,000 Wabash National DuraPlate dry van trailers that use a new rear impact guard designed for better protection against underride in collisions.
Tags: Trailers, Rear-End Collisions, Underride Guard, Wabash National, J.B. Hunt
March 27, 2016 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered a North-Carolina-based company out of service that blatantly ignored federal safety regulations, from drivers having commercial licenses to driver logs to maintaining vehicles.
Tags: FMCSA, Out of Service
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