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May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Feds Sue Fiat-Chrysler Over Diesels

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc

The federal government has sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for using illegal engine-control software in its diesel vehicles so that they would perform differently during emissions testing than under normal driving conditions.

Tags: Diesel Engines, FCA, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2016-MY, FCA Diesel Scandal

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Private Fleet Awards $1.8M to its Safest Drivers

Photo courtesy of Love's Travel Stops

Gemini Motor Transport, the fuel hauling fleet for Love’s Travel Stops, has awarded $1.8 million in bonuses to 78 of its safest drivers.

Tags: Awards, Love's Travel Stops, Safe Driving, Driver Retention

May 18, 2017 - Product News

Honeywell Connected Freight Monitors Valuable Goods in Transit

Screenshot via Honeywell

Honeywell has launched the Connected Freight solution, a logistics technology that provides real-time information about the location and condition of critical freight in transit.

Tags: Cargo Management, Honeywell, Asset Tracking, Security

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Jeffrey Rosen Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Transportation

Jeffrey Rosen Photo via Acus.gov

The Senate has confirmed Jeffrey Rosen as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, serving under Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Congestion Costing Trucking $63.4 Billion a Year

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportaion

Traffic congestion added more than $63.4 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2015, according to the American Transportation Research Institute's 2017 Cost of Congestion update.

Tags: Operating Costs, ATRI, Congestion, Delivery Delays, Traffic Congestion

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Pickups Recalled for Air Bags, Seat Belts

Photo of Ram 1500 truck courtesy of FCA.

The recall, set to begin June 23, covers more than 1 million Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 vehicles.

Tags: Seat Belts, Recalls, Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Air Bags, Ram 3500, NHTSA, Large Pickups, Safety, FCA

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

NPTC Awards Fleet and Driver Honors

Winners of the Private Fleet Leadership awards. Photos: NPTC

The National Private Truck Council honored the winners of several fleet and personnel awards, including the Private Fleet Leadership awards, Fleet Safety awards, and the Driver Hall of Fame, at its annual conference in Cincinnati.

Tags: NPTC, Awards, Private Fleets

May 12, 2017 - Industry News

Kinedyne Designates May as Cargo Securement Awareness Month

Photo: CVSA

With the CVSA’s annual International Roadcheck less than a month away, cargo-control provider Kinedyne has designated May 2017 as the First International Cargo Securement Awareness Month.

Tags: Kinedyne, Inspections, Cargo Securement, CVSA, International Roadcheck

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

IIHS Tests Show Clear Safety Benefit of Side Underride Guards

Without a side underride guard, car in 35-mph crash test lodged beneath the semi-trailer. Photo: IIHS

Recently conducted tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have demonstrated the potentially life-saving benefit of placing side underride guards on trailers.

Tags: Accidents, IIHS, Trailers, Underride Guard, Underride

May 9, 2017 - Industry News

Seven GOP Lawmakers Signal Support for Hair-Testing Truckers

Photo: FMCSA

A letter signed by seven Republican Congressmen lays out their unequivocal support of a petition calling for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to allow hair testing in lieu of urinalysis to meet drug- testing requirements for truck-driver applicants.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Hair Testing, CDL

May 5, 2017 - Industry News

2017 Safety & Compliance Award Nomination Deadline is Monday

2016 Safety & Compliance Award winner Kelsey Wolfe of Southern Freight Services. Photo: Chris Wolski

The deadline for Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s 2017 Safety & Compliance Award is Monday, May 8, so get your nominations in before the end of the day.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Events

May 4, 2017 - Industry News

TRALA Outlines Steps to Prevent Truck Ramming Terrorism

Photo: Jim Park

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association has created a new brochure outlining ways that rental truck company employees can help prevent truck-related terror attacks.

Tags: TRALA, Department of Homeland Security, Terrorism, TSA, Safety

May 4, 2017 - Product News

Kenworth Offers OnGuardActive on T680, T880

A Kenworth T680 demonstrating the Meritor Wabco OnGuardActive safety system. Photo: Kenworth

The Meritor Wabco OnGuardActive radar-based safety system is now available as an option on Kenworth T680 and T880 models.

Tags: Kenworth, Collision Avoidance Technology, Meritor Wabco, T880, T680

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Congestion, Distracted Driving, HOS Top ATRI's Research Priorities

The American Transportation Research Institute has decided on its research priorities for 2017, approving studies on congestion, driver distraction, hours of service, and autonomous truck technology, among others.

Tags: Research, Distracted Driving, HOS, ATRI, Congestion

May 1, 2017 - Product News

SmartDrive Cameras Can Provide 360-Degree Coverage

SmartDrive 360 allows up to four cameras to trigger during a risky maneuver or collision, giving fleets a 360 degree view of the event. Screenshot via SmartDrive.

SmartDrive Systems' video-based safety system can now support additional cameras, giving 360-degree coverage of the vehicle.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Video Event Recorders, NPTC, SmartDrive, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Omnitracs Sponsors HDT Safety & Compliance Award

Photo: Mark Campbell

Fleet management and telematics software provider Omnitracs is once again sponsoring the HDT Safety & Compliance award, which recognizes industry leaders who have demonstrated excellence in fleet safety.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Omnitracs

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Fatal Accident Leads FMCSA to Investigate Small Alabama Carrier

A fatal accident involving a driver falling asleep at the wheel led the FMCSA to investigate Beatrice, Ala.-based J&L Trucking and order its vehicles off the road.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Out of Service, Imminent Hazard, Records Management

April 28, 2017 - Product News

Vigillo Compiles Driver Safety Records Into Roadside Resume

Image: Vigillo

Vigillo's new Roadside Resume is billed as a comprehensive commercial driver safety, compliance, and risk profile to help carriers identify safe and risky drivers.

Tags: Driver Safety, CSA, Vigillo, SambaSafety, High-Risk Drivers, Drivers, Analytics, Big Data

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

AFL-CIO Coalition Seeks to Clip Hair Testing

Photo: FMCSA

A coalition of AFL-CIO member unions is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to deny a petition by several trucking companies to use hair specimens in lieu of federally mandated urine in pre-employment drug tests.

Tags: FMCSA, American Trucking Associations, The Trucking Alliance, Hair Testing, AFL-CIO TTD

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

PrePass InfoRM Tool Aggregates Safety and Inspection Data

Photo: Help Inc.

Help Inc., provider of PrePass, has launched the InfoRM business intelligence system as a value-added tool for carriers to view and leverage their safety data.

Tags: Inspections, Online Tool, Help Inc., PrePass

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Gets Earful on Autonomous Trucks at Atlanta Listening Session

Among the most common concerns at FMCSA's Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session were questions about changes to the Hours of Service rules and how actively engaged drivers should be while a truck is in autonomous driving mode. Photo: Jack Roberts

A listening session on autonomous vehicles drew public comment from law enforcement officers, truck drivers, fleet executives, OEM representatives and new technology developers, such as Uber.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CVSA, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Most Dangerous, Safest Highways Ranked

Photo of the Snake Creek bridge in the Florida Keys via Wikimedia.

The 545-mile U.S. Highway 1 that runs from southern Georgia to Key West, Fla., has been deemed the most dangerous highway in the U.S. because it has the highest fatal crash rate, according to Geotab.

Tags: Road Deaths, Accidents, Highways, Geotab

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Carriers and Drivers Express Concern with Medical Examiner Registry

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

The American Transportation Research Institute has found that the Medical Examiner Registry is not fixing the problems that fleets and drivers have had with the DOT examination process and may be making them worse.

Tags: Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, U.S. DOT, ATRI, Medical Examiners

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

America’s 'Check Engine Light' is On, Says New Film About Failing Infrastructure

“Be Prepared To Stop” takes a hard look at the failing U.S. Interstate Highway System and paints a grim picture of a society unable to function if the trend isn’t corrected soon. Photo: Delaware Park Productions

America’s roads and bridges aren’t far from failing. And when that happens, the country will have about five days of normalcy before the trucks stop rolling and chaos ensues, says filmmaker Jennifer Clymer.

Tags: Infrastructure, Trucking's image, Image, In the Media

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Transflo Mobile, Drivewyze Team up for Enhanced Weigh Station Bypass

Drivewyze says the new PreClear app integration works on the same mobile devices carriers and drivers use to run Transflo Mobile, so no additional transponder is required. HDT file photo

The new new Drivewyze PreClear app integration will allow Transflo Mobile users to bypass over 600 fixed weigh stations and mobile inspection sites in 39 states and provinces, according to the companies.

Tags: Drivewyze, Weigh Stations, Truck Weights, Pegasus TransTech, Weigh-Station Bypass

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