November 13, 2012 - Industry News
According to a special report from FreightWatch, the price of beef, pork and chicken (meats) in the United States has increased substantially since the second quarter of 2010, driving up thefts of meat products in FreightWatch's Food/Drinks category
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it and its state partners will be conducting random verifications of driver Medical Examiner's Certificates during enforcement activities.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers
November 12, 2012 - Industry News
The U.S. Energy Department recently stated that 4.2 million gallons of diesel would be released to help fuel shortages in Connecticut in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
As part of the government-wide response and recovery effort for the storm, the Energy Department is providing the Department of Defense with additional ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel from the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve.
November 9, 2012 - Industry News
Questions about whether or not trucks would see an increase in toll costs on the New York State Thruway still remain unanswered.
The New York State Thruway Authority postponed a meeting, originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, until the following Tuesday. The authority gave no reasons for why the meeting was delayed
Heavy vehicle components that are submerged in contaminated floodwater as a result of the recent hurricanes may have sustained damage that includes, but is not limited to, rust and corrosion.
The National Automobile Dealers Association is urging vehicle owners to take caution before trying to start or move a rain-soaked or flooded vehicle following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy
Tags: Safety, Sandy
November 8, 2012 - Industry News
Despite the arrival of another storm last night, recovery efforts from the hurricane-turned-superstorm Sandy continue throughout the Northeast, while fuel problems have a domino effect in the Southeast
Tags: Sandy, FMCSA, AASHTO, FHWA, diesel
UPDATED -- When the Massachusetts state Legislature passed the nation's first right to repair law earlier this year, it excluded vehicles over 10,000 pounds. Tuesday, state voters overwhelmingly approved a different version of the law, which includes all motor vehicles sold in the state
November 7, 2012 - Industry News
A study has confirmed what many in trucking already believed -- that there's a direct connection between a truck driver's crash risk and his or her body mass index. Obese truckers, during their first two years on the road, are 43% to 55% more likely to be involved in a crash when compared against those truckers with a normal BMI
Tags: Safety, Sleep Apnea, obesity, BMI
November 5, 2012 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Monday that it is leading an Interstate Petroleum Transport Team to ensure the fastest and most efficient movement of fuel to the region devastated by Hurricane Sandy
Tags: fuel, Hurricane, Sandy, FMCSA
November 4, 2012 - Industry News
The Truckload Carriers Association named its latest Highway Angel: Pavel Kolacek of Thunder LLC, High Ridge, Mo. Kolacek, who is leased to Artur Express of St. Louis, Mo., is being recognized for helping a motorist who had a medical emergency
November 1, 2012 - Industry News
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced he is making $12 million in quick release emergency relief funds immediately available to New Jersey and Connecticut to help begin repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, while assessments continue throughout the Northeast to determine the full extent of the damage.
October 31, 2012 - Industry News
The American Transportation Research Institute is gathering carrier opinions on the potential impacts of changes to the 34-hour restart rule.
Beginning Nov. 1, Washington state law requires commercial vehicles and combinations of vehicles heavier than 10,000 pounds GVWR to carry sufficient tire chains
October 28, 2012 - Industry News
ARI, a fleet services provider specializing in complex car and truck fleets, announced that it has activated its emergency hotline - 1-866-FLEET59 (1-866-353-3859) - in advance of Hurricane Sand
October 25, 2012 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defended its hours-of-service rule in a court filing, arguing that limits on the 34-hour restart are reasonable.
The agency also told a federal appeals court that the risks of the 11-hour limit on driving are outweighed by the productivity savings, and the 30-minute rest break improves safety
October 23, 2012 - Industry News
The New Jersey Assembly is going after trucking companies it says are improperly listing truck drivers as independent contractors, with a bill that the New Jersey Motor Truck Association warned would cause many trucking companies and owner-operators to leave the state -- along with many of their customers
October 21, 2012 - Industry News
President Barack Obama Friday signed the Military Commercial Drivers' License Act of 2012, which will make it easier for veterans and service men and women to obtain Commercial Drivers' Licenses, making them more employable once they leave active-duty
October 18, 2012 - Industry News
Household goods movers who hold shipments for hostage will face stiff penalties under a new federal policy
A CSA advisory panel plans to undertake an extensive review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's flagship truck safety program.
At a two-day planning session this week, the CSA Subcommittee of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee agreed on a review process that will include presentations from researchers who have been critical of the program
October 16, 2012 - Industry News
Scrutiny of the CSA truck safety program went up a notch this week with a congressional request for an audit and the launch of a review by a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advisory group
The California Air Resources Board announced that its month-long multi-agency campaign to ensure that trucks traveling on California's roadways are obeying state air pollution laws was a huge success
During its annual Operation Safe mobilization effort the week of Oct. 14-20, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is calling on all drivers to reduce aggressive and distracted driving and save lives, with special attention to both commercial vehicle safety and sharing the road with commercial vehicles
October 15, 2012 - Industry News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $30 million for clean diesel projects as part of its ongoing campaign to reduce harmful diesel exhaust.
October 10, 2012 - Industry News
LAS VEGAS - Seeing disturbing indications that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may plan to address the issue of sleep apnea among truck drivers with a "guidance" rather than a rulemaking, the American Trucking Associations has a new policy position that will allow its staff to work to convince agency leaders that a formal rulemaking process is necessary
October 9, 2012 - Industry News
LAS VEGAS - Volvo Trucks honored two fleets with its 2012 Volvo Trucks Safety Award. Each recipient will receive $25,000 to be used toward safety-related activities
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