Safety & Compliance

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May 14, 2015 - Product News

J.J Keller Updates Driver Training Resources

J.J. Keller & Associates has released the third editions of the J.J. Keller Tractor-Trailer Driver Training Manual and Instructor’s Supplement.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, J.J. Keller

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Allows Twin 33s Nationwide; Keeps Restart Suspension Active

Photo: David Cullen

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $55-billion spending bill that includes a provision to allow 33-foot long double trailers on Interstate and other highways— regardless of state laws.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Trailers, 34-Hour Restart, Insurance

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Nadeau Nominated to Head FHWA

Greg Nadeau Photo: FHWA

President Obama has announced he will nominate Greg Nadeau to serve as the next Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Nadeau, 58, will replace Victor Mendez, who in July was named Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

Tags: FHWA, People, Leadership

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Video: The Autonomous Truck Comes to Life

Photo by Jim Park

HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park gets a right-hand-seat view of Daimler Truck's Inspiration Truck and the Highway Pilot autonomous control system in action.

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner Cascadia, Autonomous Drive, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

DOT to Audit FMCSA High-Risk Investigative Practices

Image: FMCSA

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, DOT, Accidents

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Fontaine-Modified M2 Trucks Recalled for Brake Light Glitch

Photo: Fontaine

Fontaine Modification is recalling 3,571 Freightliner M2 trucks modified to have dual steering to fix brake lights that may not illuminate, according to federal records.

Tags: Freightliner, Fontaine Modification, Freightliner M2, Recalls, Steering System

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Autonomous Freightliner Premieres With Hoover Dam Fanfare

Daimler Trucks North America used Hoover Dam to create a record-setting display to premier its Inspiration Truck. Photo: Daimler Trucks

Daimler Trucks North America introduced its new autonomous Freightliner Inspiration Truck Tuesday night at Hoover Dam, using the historic dam as the world's largest projection screen in its dramatic premier.

Tags: Freightliner, Nevada, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Drive

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

TCA Honors Maverick’s Newell with Safety Award

From Left: TCA President, Brad Bentley, award recipient Dean Newell, Rande Walker, President of Creative Concepts and John Joines, VP of Safety Services, Great West Casualty. Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has presented its annual Clare C. Casey Award to Dean Newell, Vice President of Safety and Training for Maverick Transportation, LLC.

Tags: Maverick Transportation, Truckload Carriers Association

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Supreme Court Upholds California Driver Break Rules

Ruling stems from class-action suit brought earlier by Penske Logistics drivers in California. Image: Penske

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied motions seeking to overturn a ruling that upheld a California statute requiring a paid 10-minute rest break every four hours and a paid 30-minute meal period every five hours for truck drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Penske Logistics, Supreme Court

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed Rule Would Simplify Insulin Exemption for Drivers

Proposed rule would replace individual exemptions for insulin-treated drivers with annual medical certification. Image: FMCSA

The FMCSA has proposed that drivers with controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus be permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles without first obtaining an individual exemption.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Medical Examiners

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

States Spent $1.1B Maintaining Roads This Winter

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso

Twenty-three States spent around $1.1 billion from October 2014 to mid-April 2015 to pre-treat, plow, or spread chemicals and other materials on roads to keep them open and safe this winter.

Tags: Road Salt, Snow Plow, Highway Funding, Winter

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Bakery Fleet Boosts Safety with SmartDrive Video System

Diagram of feedback loop for video-based safety program. Image: SmartDrive Systems

Within the first three weeks after it deployed the SmartDrive Systems video-based driver safety program, Mid South Baking Company boosted its internal safety score by 68%.

Tags: driver safety, Technology, In-Vehicle Video, SmartDrive Systems

May 1, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB Report Finds Value in On-Board Video Systems

Photo via MiX Telematics

An NTSB report has concluded that on-board video systems can “provide valuable information for evaluating the circumstances leading to a crash,” if the cameras are positioned properly and if the systems are adequate for recording in low light.

Tags: Technology, Video Event Recorders, In-Vehicle Video, NTSB

April 30, 2015 - Industry News

Paul Ryan: Highway Bill Takes Backseat to Tax Reform

Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Photo: speaker.gov

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, has strongly indicated that there’s no way around applying another short-term patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study

April 30, 2015 - Industry News

Hino Recalling Multiple Medium-Duty Models

Photo of Hino 338 courtesy of Hino Motor Sales.

In nearly 2,000 trucks, a front axle U-bolt may have been over-torqued – a problem that can eventually lead to steering control loss.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Recalls, Hino Trucks, Hino 268, Hino 338, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Hino 238, Hino 258

April 30, 2015 - Product News

Seeing Machines Launches Vision-Based Accident Avoidance

The moment an accident threat is detected, new system alerts the driver and monitoring staff through in-vehicle alarms and seat vibrations. Image: Seeing Machines

Seeing Machines has announced the U.S. launch of Seeing Machines Fleet, an accident-avoidance solution that helps truck drivers and fleet operators better manage fatigue and distraction events in real time

Tags: driver safety, accident prevention, Distracted Driving, Fatigue

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Outlines Truck Safety Recommendations to Congress

Tom Kretsinger testifies before Congress on behalf of ATA. Photo via Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

American Trucking Associations outlined three strategies to improve truck related traffic accidents in testimony before Congress.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Speed Limiter, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, ELDs

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATRI: Restart Rule Unintentionally Raised Crash Risk

HDT File Photo

The 34-hour restart provisions for truck drivers, which currently remain under suspension, had a negative impact on motor-carrier safety when they were in effect by driving up crash risk, per a new ATRI research study.

Tags: HOS, ATRI, 34-Hour Restart, Crash Risk, Hours of Service

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt, Kenworth Trucks Recalled Over Cruise Control Problem

Photo via Peterbilt

Paccar is recalling 443 model year 2015-2016 Peterbilt 220 and Kenworth K300 trucks for a problem with the cruise control decrease button, according to the NHTSA.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Recalls, Peterbilt Model 220

April 27, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Invests in Platooning Technology

Photo: Peloton

A Volvo Group subsidiary is investing in Peloton Technology, which is working on a truck "platooning" system that would save fuel and reduce congestion by allowing trucks to travel in a close-following "platoon" on the highway.

Tags: Self-Driving Vehicles, Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology

April 27, 2015 - Industry News

Omnitracs Launches ELD Information Site

Image: Omnitracs

Omnitracs, LLC has launched an informational website on the upcoming electronic logging device mandate-- www.ELDfacts.com.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD, Omnitracs, ELDs, NPTC

April 25, 2015 - Industry News

Georgia Crash Prompts Call for Collision Avoidance Mandate

A truck crash that killed five nursing students in Georgia is leading to renewed calls from one safety advocacy group for mandating collision avoidance systems on heavy trucks.

Tags: Collision Avoidance

April 24, 2015 - Industry News

OOIDA Lobbying Against Speed-Limiter Rule

The OOIDA has provided the FMCSA and the NHTSA with research showing a lack of scientific evidence supporting a speed limiter mandate and saying that enforcing the rule would make highways less safe.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, OOIDA, NHTSA

April 24, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Sticks to Fuel-Tax Hike as Best Trust Fund Fix

Photo: Jim Park

The American Trucking Associations remains committed to seeing a surface transportation package passed this year that will ensure a long-term fix for the Highway Trust Fund.

Tags: CSA, Highway Trust Fund, ELDs, Highway Bill, FMCSA, Regulations, American Trucking Associations

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Still Seeking Drivers for 34-Hour Restart Study

Photo: J.J. Keller

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is still seeking volunteer truck drivers for its 34-hour restart study.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study

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