May 17, 2016 - Industry News
Former employees from Google, Apple and Tesla have jumped into the “self-driving trucks” waters, saying they’ll develop a retrofittable autonomous-driving technology for on-highway commercial heavy trucks.
Tags: Autonomous Vehicles
May 17, 2016 - Product News
J.J. Keller has introduced the Driver DataSense Plus with ELD Rollout Service to help fleets meet the 2017 ELD mandate deadline.
Tags: Regulations, Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate
May 11, 2016 - Industry News
The FMCSA is calling for the repair and inspection of certain cargo tank trailers manufactured by Trailers Y Tanques De Aluminio are not compliant with federal safety standards.
Tags: FMCSA, Tankers, Liquid Tank Trailers
May 10, 2016 - Industry News
The Truck Safety Coalition has honored three trucking industry leaders for their commitment and dedication to fleet safety.
Tags: driver safety, Truck Safety, Awards, The Trucking Alliance
May 9, 2016 - Industry News
A Cook County, Ill., jury ruled against a food refrigeration company and its former fleet driver who allegedly had drugs in his system at the time of a 2012 accident.
Tags: Liability, Fatal Accidents, Drugged Driving, Court Rulings, Drivers
May 3, 2016 - Industry News
The recall, which covers multiple models, will address a weld-related steering issue in nearly 4,800 pickup trucks and SUVs.
Tags: Cadillac, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Tahoe, Recalls, GMC Yukon, GMC Sierra, GMC, Chevrolet Suburban, Cadillac Escalade, Luxury SUVs, Large SUVs, NHTSA, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY
May 2, 2016 - Industry News
A coalition of major carriers has come out firmly opposed to language put forth by the Senate Appropriations Committee to fix earlier legislative wording that muddied the future status of the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours of Service rule.
Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. Senate, The Trucking Alliance
April 27, 2016 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will co-host three listening sessions to solicit information on the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea in the trucking industry.
Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue
April 26, 2016 - Industry News
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released the 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook.
Tags: Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. DOT, Hazmat, Emergency Response
April 25, 2016 - Industry News
It took him all of an hour and a half, but Rick Schweitzer, general counsel for the National Private Truck Council, gamely managed to get across the key elements of the sweep of regulatory changes coming down the pike for trucking.
Tags: CSA, NPTC, HOS, FMCSA, Regulations, Private Fleets
National Tank Truck Carriers recently honored Carbon Express and Miller Transporters with its Outstanding Safety Performance Award for their commitment to safety.
Tags: Fleet Safety, Awards, NTTC, Tankers, Carbon Express
After five years of presenting an official united front on the issue of truck sizes and weights, American Trucking Associations and the Truckload Carriers Association are going their separate ways.
Tags: ATA, TCA, Truck Size/Weight
April 21, 2016 - Industry News
The transportation spending bill advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee fixes wording in earlier legislation that muddied what the status of the 34-hour restart would be if a study by the Department of Transportation cannot show that controversial restart changes benefit drivers.
Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Legislation, 34-Hour Restart
The recall, tied to corrosion affecting an electrical connector, covers nearly 24,000 vehicles in the 2015 and 2016 model years.
Tags: Corrosion, Recalls, 2015-MY, Ram ProMaster City, 2016-MY, FCA, Ram, Compact Vans
April 21, 2016 - Product News
Boyle Transportation is equipping Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes on all steer and drive axles of its fleet tractors as well as on all of its new refrigerated trailers.
Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Brakes, Air Disc Brakes
April 19, 2016 - Industry News
A broad coalition of interest groups is lobbying Congress “to oppose any special interest anti-truck safety riders including changes to the truck driver hours of service rules..."
Tags: HOS, U.S. Senate, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public input on its Beyond Compliance carrier safety-recognition program.
Tags: FMCSA, Beyond Compliance
April 18, 2016 - Industry News
The recall covers 321 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans that were shipped to final-stage manufacturers missing the tire pressure monitoring system.
Tags: Chevrolet, Recalls, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, GMC, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Cutaway Vans, 2016-MY
The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased by 5%, from 3,921 to 3,744, in 2014 vs. 2013, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s latest annual Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report.
Tags: FMCSA, Highway Fatalities
April 18, 2016 - Product News
Trailer leasing company Xtra Lease is offering the 2016 Size & Weight Guide, a reference guide containing state-by-state listings of size and weight regulations.
Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Xtra Lease, Size and Weight
April 15, 2016 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a safety advisory to owners and operators of certain cargo tanks that were improperly inspected and tested, and warned that the tanks must be re-inspected and retested before being used in hazardous materials hauling.
Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Testing, Hazmat, Tankers
April 14, 2016 - Industry News
An electrical defect in a cab/sleeper heater-air conditioner has prompted recalls by the supplier and by the truck manufacturer that installed the units. An electrical defect in the wiring harness can create heat and the potential for fires, the manufacturers' notices say.
Tags: DTNA, Freightliner, Recalls, Vehicle Fires, Bergstrom
An effort appears under way to insert a pro-trucking reform twice shot down by this Congress in the Fiscal Year 2017 THUD bill. However, if Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has her way, the proposal will die yet a third death on Capitol Hill.
Tags: Hours of Service, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay
The American Transportation Research Institute on April 15 launched an online survey of truck drivers on issues related to sleep apnea
Tags: Sleep Apnea, ATRI
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reminding Medical Examiners and commercial motor vehicle drivers that certified MEs performing physical exams of CMV drivers must use the revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form (MCSA–5875) and the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) Form (MCSA–5876) as of April 20.
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