Safety & Compliance

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June 8, 2015 - Industry News

DOT: Lack of Data Argues Against Truck Size/Weight Changes

FedEx has pushed for a provision allowing longer twin trailers, 33 feet up from the current 28.

The Department of Transportation has declared that “data limitations” uncovered by its research on the impact of increasing truck size and weight limits should preclude changing “relevant laws and regulations.”

Tags: DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight

June 7, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference Discount Ends June 12

The 2014 Fleet Safety Awards ceremony.

The conference will be held July 13-15 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Driving Safety, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

June 7, 2015 - Industry News

Idle Free Recalls Electric Auxiliary Power Units

The recall affects 4,771 units at risk for detaching and creating road hazards, according to federal safety regulators.

Tags: Recalls, Idle Free Systems, NHTSA

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Issues Truck Electronic-Stability Rule

Outrigger-equipped for test-track safety, a rig demonstrates what happens when its electronic-stability control (ESC) system is not activated.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued its long-awaited final rule to require electronic stability control (ESC) systems on Class 7-8 trucks and large buses.

Tags: Highway Safety, Electronic Stability Control, NHTSA

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Sprinter 2500 and 3500 Vans Recalled for Oil Leaks

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The Mercedes-Benz action, an expansion of an earlier recall campaign, affects 1,335 vans in the 2015 model year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 2015-MY, NHTSA

May 31, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Shows off 'Cruise Control of the Future'

Brent Hankins with Peterbilt's Advanced Technology Group demonstrates the system at the Texas Motor Speeday. The screen mounted to the right shows the pre-programmed course the truck is taking. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Peterbilt showed off its take on autonomous vehicle technologies to reporters Friday during a Technology Showcase at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Tags: Peterbilt, Autonomous Drive

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

Tracy Morgan and Walmart Settle Accident Lawsuit

Walmart and Tracy Morgan have announced a settlement agreement in a lawsuit against Walmart for an accident last year involving a Walmart Truck and Morgan’s limousine.

Tags: Accidents, Lawsuits, Fatigue, 34-Hour Restart

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Platooning Report Shows Fuel Economy Gains

A report on the first phase of research into the possible benefits of truck platooning technologies showed that all trucks in a platoon gained fuel efficiencies, with the lead truck gaining as much as a 5 percent improvement while the trailing truck got up to 10 percent improvement.

Tags: Technology, Industry Research, Meritor Wabco, Peterbilt Motors Company, ATRI, Truck Platooning

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx-Bus Crash Investigation Cites Fatigue as Possible Cause

The California Highway Patrol completed its investigation into a deadly collision between a FedEx vehicle and a tour bus, concluding that driver error – not environmental factors – caused the crash.

Tags: Investigation, Fatal Accidents, Fatigue, California Highway Patrol, California, FedEx

May 25, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference: Minimizing Risk and Liability

The second day of the Safety Fleet Conference will be full of sessions and panel discussions on risk management and liability.

Tags: Liability, risk management, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

May 20, 2015 - Industry News

Takata Airbag Recall May Include Some Commercial Trucks

Some commercial trucks may be among the vehicles in a massive recall of dangerously defective airbags, expected to be the largest recall in U.S. history.

Tags: Recalls, Daimler Trucks North America, NHTSA

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:

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


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