Safety & Compliance

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April 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Directs Retesting of Certain Tankers

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

Bergstrom Parksmart HVAC Units in Freightliners Recalled

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

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Sen. Boxer Opposes Resurrecting Trucker Rest-Break Reform

Sen. Barbara Boxer visiting a bridge project in Los Angeles. Photo: boxer.senate.gov

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

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Trucker Sleep-Apnea Study Launched by ATRI

CPAP machine for treating sleep apnea Image: Safety First Sleep Solutions

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

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA: Use New Driver Medical Forms Starting April 20

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.

Tags: FMCSA

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Video: Ford F-150 Leads Pack in Latest Pickup Crash Tests

Source: IIHS

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

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Slam FMCSA Approach to Safety-Fitness Rule

A roadside safety inspection. Photo: U.S. DOT

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

F-150 SuperCrew, SuperCab Draw Top Safety Pick

Photo of F-150 SuperCrew courtesy of Ford.

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

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Forms Safety-Grant Allocation Panel

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 Offers Side Roll Protection on ProStar

Photo via International Truck

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-SmartDrive System Uses Video Analytics

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 Braking Could Take Longer to Develop for Big Trucks

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

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Driver With History of Alcohol Violations Placed Out of Service

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

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Ram 1500 Trucks Recalled for Power Steering

Photo of Ram 1500 courtesy of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).

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

HDT Seeks Safety & Compliance Award Nominations

HDT Executive Editor David Cullen (right) presents Nussbaum Transportation’s Jeremy Stickling with the 2015 HDT Safety & Compliance Award.

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

Goodyear Highway Hero Winner Pulled Motorist From a Burning Car

From L-R – Finalists for the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award: Mike Cavanagh, winner Julian Kaczor, and Dorian Cole pose with Kaczor’s commemorative Goodyear Highway Hero ring. Photo: Goodyear

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

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

OOIDA Challenges ELD Mandate as Unconstitutional

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

Rand McNally Introduces Low-Cost, Plug-and-Play ELD

The ELD 50 plugs easily into the port under the dash.

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

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Vans for Air Bags

Photo of Ford Transit courtesy of Ford.

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

Canadian Driver Repeatedly Ignores Out-Of-Service Orders

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

Thorough Testing Method Can Find Hidden Substance Use

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

FMSCA Denies Oil-Patch HOS Exemption Request

Photo: U.S. Ppeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration

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

March 28, 2016 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Orders 4,000 Trailers with Safer Rear Impact Guard

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

FMCSA Shuts Down North Carolina Company

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

March 24, 2016 - Industry News

CVSA Sets International Roadcheck Dates for June

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 29th annual International Roadcheck has been scheduled for June 7 -9, 2016.

Tags: Vehicle Inspection, CVSA, Roadcheck, Out of Service Violations

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