Safety & Compliance

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January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Restart Study on Track to Start This Month

Photo: Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is on track to launch its study of the 34-hour restart, said Martin Walker, chief of the agency’s research division.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Help Train Police on Truck Traffic Enforcement

Photo via Police Mag

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon launch a national program to train police officers in traffic enforcement for large trucks. The agency worked with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance on a curriculum covering the basics of truck safety enforcement.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Traffic Violations, CVSA

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Announces America’s Road Team Finalists

Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations announced the 31 finalists in the running to be named Captains of the 2015-2016 America’s Road Team. Judges will decide the winners on January 13th.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, Awards, America's Road Team

January 12, 2015 - Product News

Frozen Foods Fleet to Install Forward LED Lighting on 700 Trucks

Photo: KLLM

KLLM-Frozen Food Express announced that it would be installing Truck-Lite LED forward lighting on all of its new trucks. It will begin installing the lighting on all 2016 Freightliner and Volvo models, nearly 700 trucks.

Tags: Truck-Lite, LED Lighting, Frozen Food Express, Lighting

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Offers States $30 Million in Safety Grants

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced the availability of $30 million in state grants aimed at assisting states in improving transportation safety by modernizing their technology infrastructure.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Department of Transportation, Federal Grants, Enforcement

January 11, 2015 - Industry News

193-Vehicle Pileup in Michigan Involved 76 Trucks, Killed One Trucker

Interstate 94 in western Michigan finally re-opened Sunday after a 193-vehicle pile-up on Friday morning that killed a truck driver closed the highway for almost two days.

Tags: Accidents, Michigan, Highways, I-94

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. to Open Border to Mexican Carriers

Mexican fleets like this one can now apply for U.S. operating authority under NAFTA. Photo by Evan Lockridge

Fourteen years later, the Mexican cross-border trucking provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement will finally be implemented.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

150-Vehicle Pileup Blocks I-94 in Western Michigan

I-94 is closed between Battle Creek and Kalamazo, Michigan, after an estimated 150-vehicle pileup on the snowy interstate that has killed at least one person.

Tags: Accidents, Michigan, I-94

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Bee Haulers Want Exemption From HOS Break Rule

Loading bees for transport from South Carolina to Maine to pollinate blueberries. Photo by Pollinator via Wikimedia Commons

California beekeepers are looking for relief from the 30-minute break provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

Penske Takes California Break Requirement to Supreme Court

Public domain file photo

Penske Logistics took its fight against California’s meal and rest break requirement to the U.S. Supreme Court. The company on Tuesday petitioned the court to review a lower court’s finding that California truck drivers are entitled to paid breaks.

Tags: Penske, California, Supreme Court

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Officially OKs Non-Compliant Double Coin Tires

The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration officially notified CMA and Double Coin Holdings that Double Coin Tires missing a load rating sidewall marker are not a threat to vehicle safety.

Tags: Double Coin, Safety & Compliance, CMA, NHTSA

January 6, 2015 - Product News

J.J. Keller Offers E-Log Training Program for Student Drivers

Photo courtesy of J.J. Keller.

J.J. Keller is offering a truck driving school program designed to train student drivers to use electronic logs, also known as e-logs or electronic logging devices (ELDs). The program features the Encompass E-Log system from J.J. Keller.

Tags: Information Technology, Driver Training, J.J. Keller, ELDs, E-logs

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

HDT's Top 5 Blog Posts of 2014

Photo: Jim Park

Heavy Duty Trucking's editors have a lot to say. Check out a few of the most popular musings from Deborah Lockridge, Jim Park and Tom Berg in 2014.

Tags: Accidents, Trailers, Speeding, Blogs

January 1, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar Recalls International WorkStar for Headlights

Photo of International WorkStar courtesy of Navistar.

Navistar is recalling 498 2013-2015 model-year International WorkStar trucks for faulty headlights, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Tags: Navistar, Medium-Duty Trucks, Recalls, 2013-MY, Utility Fleets, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, International WorkStar, NHTSA

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Hino Recalls Class 6 Trucks for Parking Brakes

Photo of the Hino 268 truck courtesy of Hino.

Hino Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling 8,140 2005-2015 model-year ND8J, NE8J and NF8J trucks because their parking brakes may not function properly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Tags: Recalls, 2005-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Hino Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 6

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Terex Recalls Concrete Mixer Trucks for Steering

Photo: Tom Berg

The action affects 553 front-discharge concrete mixer vehicles manufactured from Aug. 20, 2012, to Dec. 5, 2014.

Tags: Terex, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Construction Fleets

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Announces Fleet Safety Division Winners

The Truckload Carriers Association announced 18 division winners for its 2014 National Fleet Safety Awards.

Tags: Driver Safety, Awards, Fleet Safety Award, TCA, Truckload Carriers Association

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Army Veteran Named Pilot Flying J’s 2014 Road Warrior

Road Warrior Kyle Cones, his wife, Brittney, and dog, Daisy: Photo: Pilot Flying J.

Pilot Flying J named Kyle Cones as its 2014 Road Warrior winner. Cones is a U.S. Army veteran and driver for Pride Transport. He will receive a $10,000 check for winning the award.

Tags: Driver Safety, Awards, Pilot Flying J, Road Warrior

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Mexico Pilot Effective But Limited, Says DOT Inspector General

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proper safety controls in place for Mexican carriers operating across the border, but the pilot program to test the system has too few participants to project the outcome of a full border opening, says the DOT Inspector General.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexican Trucking

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

The Year's Top Trucking Stories from Washington

The political slugfest over the 34-hour restart dominated the news from Washington, D.C., in the second half of 2014, but that obscure provision of the hours of service rule is not nearly as important as other developments during the year.

Tags: FMCSA, Legislation, ELDs, Highway Bill, 34-Hour Restart, CSA, Fuel Economy Standards

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

Sidewall Blisters Prompt CMA Trailer Tire Recall

China Manufacturers Alliance is recalling certain Bluestar LQ225 size 8-14.5 low platform trailer tires manufactured Feb. 24, 2013, to Aug. 9, 2014.

Tags: Recalls, China Manufacturers Alliance, NHTSA, Tires and Wheels

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Overall Traffic Deaths Decline, Truck-Involved Fatalities Edge Higher

The number of overall traffic fatalities in the U.S. declined in 2013 from the year before while those involving commercial trucks turned just slightly higher, according to newly released figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Research, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities, Crash-Related Injuries, Safety & Compliance, NHTSA

December 19, 2014 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Fire Risk

Photo of Sprinter van courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall affects more than 8,000 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles in the 2014 and 2015 model years.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Recalls, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2015-MY, NHTSA

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

CVSA Seeks Nominations For Driver Excellence Award

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is asking for nominations for the International Driver Excellence Award.

Tags: Driver Safety, International, Awards, CVSA

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

E-log Vendors Busy Implementing HOS Changes

Vendors are busy updating their hours-of-service applications in  response to recently HOS rule changes. (Photo courtesy of Telogis)

The recently enacted change to drivers hours-of-service rules, scrapping parts of the restart provision adopted in July 2013, has prompted telematics and e-log providers to hustle out updates to their hours-of-service applications.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Compliance, E-logs, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

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