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January 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Issuing Proposed Safety Fitness Rule

Photo: U.S. DOT

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Jan. 15 that it is formally initiating a Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking that will “enhance the agency’s ability to identify non-compliant motor carriers.”

Tags: FMCSA, Safety Fitness Determination

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

AMSA Names Safest Moving and Storage Fleets

Image via AMSA

The American Moving & Storage Association has named its picks for the 2015 AMSA Fleet Safety Award, honoring the safest moving and storage truck and van fleets.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, AMSA, Moving and Storage Fleet

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB: Cut Impaired, Distracted, Fatigued Driving

Image: NTSB

NTSB's new “Most Wanted List” of safety improvements stresses the continuing need to reduce accidents caused by drivers who are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs as well as those who are distracted or fatigued.

Tags: Driver Safety, Highway Safety, NTSB

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

Crash Data Shows Reduction in Trucking-Related Fatalities

Recent analysis by ATA of crash and mileage data has shown a decline in the rate of truck-involved fatalities in both the short and long term.

Tags: ATA, Fatal Accidents, FHWA, NHTSA, Crash Analysis

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

Not So Fast: Truck Groups Contend Safety Fitness Proposal Violates FAST Act

The validity of a rule proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that would increase the use of inspection data in making Safety Fitness Determinations for motor carriers has been challenged by a coalition of eight associations representing trucking interests.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Safety Fitness Determination

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

New York Activates Plow Fleet for Lake Effect Snowstorms

Photo courtesy of NYSDOT.

New York has begun shifting resources, including its fleet of plow trucks, to the central and western regions of the state in the face of "lake effect" snowstorms that are expected to hit hard.

Tags: New York, Snow Removal, New York DOT

January 12, 2016 - Industry News

CVSA Names New Executive Director From Within

Collin B. Mooney Photo: CVSA

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance appointed Collin B. Mooney as its executive director, effective Jan. 11, 2016.

Tags: Leadership, People, CVSA

January 11, 2016 - Product News

J.J. Keller Offers ELD Mandate Seminars to Educate Fleets

Photo: J.J. Keller

J.J. Keller & Associates will be holding a series of seminars in 2016 aimed at educating fleets on the recently finalized ELD rule.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, ELDs, ELD Mandate

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

Land-Air Express of New England Gets Green Light to Operate

Land-Air Express of New England Ltd., which had been put out of service Dec. 29, has gotten the go-ahead from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to resume operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Land-Air Express

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Recalls Trucks for Fuel Return Hoses

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck.

The action covers nearly 9,500 FEC52, FEC72, FEC92 and FGB72 trucks in the 2012-2015 model years.

Tags: 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, NHTSA, Cabovers

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Trucks Cited for Size/Weight During Safe Driver Week

Vehicle size and weight violations topped the list of the most common warnings and citations given during CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week late last year.

Tags: Citation, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Land-Air Express of New England Put Out of Service by FMCSA

CORRECTED -- Land-Air Express of New England may reopen this week after being placed out of service by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 29. The out of service order apparently resulted from an unsatisfactory audit in early November. As of Tuesday, the less-than-truckload company was awaiting the go-ahead to resume operations.

Tags: FMCSA, LTL, Out of Service, Land-Air Express

December 30, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Drops Compliance Decal Proposal

FMCSA has withdrawn a notice of proposed rulemaking that would have required a commercial motor vehicle to display a label attesting that it was compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards when it was manufactured.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations

December 30, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Yanks Tanker Wetlines Proposal

In 2011, PHMSA proposed that loading/unloading wetlines on tankers be absent of any flammable liquids. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has withdrawn a notice of proposed rulemaking that would have amended haz-mat regulations on the transportation of flammable liquids in tanker wetlines.

Tags: PHMSA

December 29, 2015 - Industry News

Trucker Charged with Manslaughter in Tracy Morgan Accident Case

An NTSB investigation found that driver fatigue played a role in the fatal accident. Image via NTSB

The truck driver who rear-ended comedian Tracy Morgan’s limousine, injuring him and killing another comedian, has been indicted for charges of manslaughter, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault.

Tags: Accidents, Fatal Accidents, NTSB, Fatigue, Walmart

December 28, 2015 - Industry News

Trucker Accidentally Destroys Historic Indiana Bridge

Photo: Orange County Law Enforcement

A historic bridge collapsed in Paoli, Ind., when a truck driver drove across it despite the truck weighing nearly 24 tons more than the bridge's posted weight limit.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Safety, Indiana, Bridges

December 28, 2015 - Industry News

Federal Spending Bill Includes Increase to Idaho Truck Weight Limit

Idaho will be allowed to increase its truck weight limit on interstate highways as a result of a provision attached to the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed

Tags: Idaho, U.S. Congress, Agricultural Fleets, Truck Size/Weight

December 28, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Warns Shippers About Exploding Hoverboards

The aftermath of a fire involving a hoverboard device. Photo: Chappaqua Fire Department

The U.S. DOT issued a safety alert for the transportation of hoverboards containing lithium batteries that are at risk to heat up, catch fire or explode if improperly handled.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, PHMSA, Hazmat

December 28, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Pickups Recalled

Photo of Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

Dealers need to replace a faulty console compartment lid latch assembly in 8,763 2016-MY trucks.

Tags: Recalls, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Mid-Size Pickups

December 24, 2015 - Industry News

Ford F-650 and F-750 Trucks Recalled for Brakes

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The recall, which covers 167 2016 model-year trucks in the U.S., will allow dealers to install a rear air brake chamber replacement.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Large Pickups, 2016-MY

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

Ford F-150 SuperCrew Trucks Recalled for Seat Belts

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The action covers 2,590 2015 model-year trucks in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Seat Belts, Recalls, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Vans for Axle Shafts

Photo of Ford Transit courtesy of Ford.

The action covers 1,170 2015 model-year Ford Transit dual-rear-wheel vans in the U.S.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

Strick Trailers Recalls Dry Vans Over Rear Impact Guards

Notice affects some model-year 1998 -2005 vans whose bumpers might not prevent a vehicle from traveling under the trailer in a crash.

Tags: Trailers, Recalls, Dry Vans, NHTSA

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Halving Random Drug-Test Threshold

Image: FMCSA

FMCSA will lower the annual minimum random drug-testing rate for CDL holders from 50% of the average number of CDL-driver positions to 25% annually for the 2016 calendar year, effective Jan. 1.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Wants Sleep-Apnea Data

Photo: Volvo Group

A DOT data-collection request could be first step toward federal regulation of the testing and treatment of truck drivers for obstructive sleep apnea.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea

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