Safety & Compliance

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March 2, 2015 - Industry News

House Bill Would Provide Non-CSA Hiring Standard for Carriers

Legislation has been reintroduced in the House by Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) that would create a “national hiring standard” for motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, BASIC, CSA, Legislation, TIA, Brokers

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Seeks Out Safest Fleets

Volvo Trucks is seeking entries for the Volvo Trucks Safety Award which recognizes two fleets with the safest driving records and top safety programs.

Tags: Driver Safety, Volvo Trucks, Fleet Safety, Awards, ATA MC&E

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Report: U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High

Graphic courtesy of GHSA.

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that 2,125 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2014 – essentially unchanged when compared with the 2,141 pedestrian fatalities during the same period in 2013.

Tags: Pedestrian Safety, GHSA, Road Deaths

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-250/F-350 Truck Steering Gears

Photo by Bull-Doser via Wikimedia Commons.

The service replacement steering gears, at risk for breaking, might be installed on 2008-2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel vehicles in North America.

Tags: Diesel Engines, 2009-MY, 2010-MY, Recalls, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, 2008-MY, Ford

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Urged to Mandate Truck Crash Avoidance Technology

Photo: Jim Park

Highway-safety lobbies have petitioned the NHTSA to require forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems on all new trucks and buses rated at 10,000 pounds or more GVW.

Tags: Highway Safety, Collision Avoidance Technology, Forward Collision Warning, NHTSA

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Small Carrier Shut Down Due to Safety Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared a small Aurora, Colorado-based trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered it immediately shut down on Feb. 12, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Tags: FMCSA, Colorado, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

FreightWatch Issues Advisory Over Truckstop/Highway Thefts

Over the past several weeks, the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International has received reports of over 40 pilferage events at truckstops and highway pull-offs in one state.

Tags: Arkansas, Truckstops, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime, I-40, I-55

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

Falling Debris Prompts Immediate Maryland Bridge Inspections

Acting Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn ordered the immediate inspection of all state-owned bridges of similar age and condition to the Capital Beltway Bridge which is currently under repairs.

Tags: Maryland, Road Construction, Bridges

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

ELD Mandate On the Way, Says FMCSA Official

Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director, office of enforement & compliance, presented a regularoy update during Omnitracs' Outlook user conference in Dallas on Feb. 10. Photo: Jim Beach

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish its final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices some time this year, according to Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA’s office of enforcement and compliance.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Carrier for Safety Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Las Vegas, -based JDJD Transportation to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing several widespread violations of critical safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Nevada, Safety & Compliance

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

I-270 in Illinois to Temporarily Close for Demolition Work

Image via Google Maps.

Due to a planned closure on the morning of Feb. 17, drivers using Interstate 270 in North St. Louis County and Madison County, Ill., are being encouraged to consider alternate routes.

Tags: Missouri, Illinois, St. Louis, Road Closure, I-270

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Saia Fined $119,000 Over Trucking Terminal Explosion

The trucking company Saia Motor Freight Line has been fined by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration following an investigation regarding an explosion at one of its terminals last August, injuring four employees.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Saia

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Safety Managers Talk Improving Safety with Technology

Photo via Omnitracs

Participants in a panel at the Omnitracs Outlook User Conference shared some of the ways they have used technology to improve their CSA scores and overall safety performance.

Tags: CSA, Omnitracs, Safety, Information Technology, E-logs

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

CARB Hosting Diesel Regulation and Compliance Event

One Stop Diesel Truck sessions are being hosted statewide in partnership with local agencies and vendors. Photo courtesy of ARB

The California Air Resources Board is hosting the Diesel Truck Regulation Information Session and Conference in Los Angeles to inform fleets about current rules on diesel engines and explain how to maintain compliance.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Emissions, Regulations

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

HDT Editorial Team Welcomes David Cullen

David Cullen

David Lee Cullen, who has been covering trucking exclusively for major industry magazines since 1981, joins the Heavy Duty Trucking editorial team officially this week as executive editor.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Omnitracs User Conference Kicks Off With a Bang

John Graham, CEO Omnitracs LLC, welcomes attendees to the company's user conference which opened in Dallas Feb. 8. Photo by Jim Beach.

Omnitracs, LLC, hosted its first global user conference in the company’s new hometown, Dallas, Feb. 8-11, kicking off with a rousing drum line performance.

Tags: Telematics, Omnitracs, Routing, Fleet Management

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

NYC Adding Truck Side Guards to Protect Pedestrians, Cyclists

Photo of truck side guards courtesy of New York City.

New York City will begin adding side guards to 240 of its medium-duty trucks that will prevent a pedestrian or cyclist from being caught under a vehicle during a collision, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.

Tags: New York City, Pedestrian Safety, Refuse Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks

February 6, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Drivers Ticketed 10 Times Less for Speeding

Law enforcement officers ticketed non commercial drivers ten times more often than truckers during Operation Safe Driver mobilization week from Oct. 19-25.

Tags: FMCSA, Traffic Violations, Vehicle Inspection, Driver Behavior, CVSA, Speeding

February 5, 2015 - Industry News

VTTI Tasked with HOS Restart Study

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is heading the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s study of the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours of Service rule for truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, HOS, 34-Hour Restart

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB: 'Slight' Drop in Highway Deaths

The drop in highway fatalities included fewer deaths assigned to NTSB’s medium-and-heavy trucks and light-trucks-and-vans as well as less passenger-car fatalities, but deaths attributed to buses rose sharply.

Tags: NTSB, Highway Fatalities, Accidents

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders South Dakota Carrier, Driver Out of Service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a Mitchell, South Dakota-based trucking company and its owner-driver to be imminent hazards to public safety and ordered both to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate commercial operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Truck Drivers, Safety & Compliance, South Dakota

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Washington State Files Lawsuit Against Trucker, Carrier Over Bridge Collapse

Water level view of the accident scene. Photo: NTSB

The Washington State Department of Transportation on Monday filed a $17 million lawsuit to recoup the costs of response and repair following the 2013 over-height truck collision that caused a portion of the Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5 to collapse.

Tags: Washington, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, Skagit River Bridge, Bridges, Oversize Loads

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Closure Scheduled for I-270 Tuesday

This photo during the construction process shows the old lanes on the left that are now being destroyed. Photo: Illinois DOT

I-270 in the St. Louis area in Illinois will be closed in both directions for two hours on Tuesday, February 3, to demolish a bridge that previously carried I-270 traffic just north of the city.

Tags: Illinois, Road Closure, I-270

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Detail Crime and Punishment in Five Trucking Investigations

The Office of Inspection General at the U.S. Transportation Department on Friday released new details in five separate legal cases against six people for crimes ranging from falsifying driver drug and alcohol test results to violating FMCSA out of service orders.

Tags: Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Crime

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Safety Agenda Aired at Senate Hearing

Next steps for truck safety should be completion of the speed limiter mandate, more focus on traffic enforcement and improvements in the CSA safety enforcement system, a top Werner Enterprises official told a transportation panel of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Tags: Senate Commerce Committee, Congress, American Trucking Associations

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