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May 9, 2017 - Industry News

Seven GOP Lawmakers Signal Support for Hair-Testing Truckers

Photo: FMCSA

A letter signed by seven Republican Congressmen lays out their unequivocal support of a petition calling for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to allow hair testing in lieu of urinalysis to meet drug- testing requirements for truck-driver applicants.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Hair Testing, CDL

May 5, 2017 - Industry News

2017 Safety & Compliance Award Nomination Deadline is Monday

2016 Safety & Compliance Award winner Kelsey Wolfe of Southern Freight Services. Photo: Chris Wolski

The deadline for Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s 2017 Safety & Compliance Award is Monday, May 8, so get your nominations in before the end of the day.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Events

May 4, 2017 - Industry News

TRALA Outlines Steps to Prevent Truck Ramming Terrorism

Photo: Jim Park

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association has created a new brochure outlining ways that rental truck company employees can help prevent truck-related terror attacks.

Tags: TRALA, Department of Homeland Security, Terrorism, TSA, Safety

May 4, 2017 - Product News

Kenworth Offers OnGuardActive on T680, T880

A Kenworth T680 demonstrating the Meritor Wabco OnGuardActive safety system. Photo: Kenworth

The Meritor Wabco OnGuardActive radar-based safety system is now available as an option on Kenworth T680 and T880 models.

Tags: Kenworth, Collision Avoidance Technology, Meritor Wabco, T880, T680

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Congestion, Distracted Driving, HOS Top ATRI's Research Priorities

The American Transportation Research Institute has decided on its research priorities for 2017, approving studies on congestion, driver distraction, hours of service, and autonomous truck technology, among others.

Tags: Research, Distracted Driving, HOS, ATRI, Congestion

May 1, 2017 - Product News

SmartDrive Cameras Can Provide 360-Degree Coverage

SmartDrive 360 allows up to four cameras to trigger during a risky maneuver or collision, giving fleets a 360 degree view of the event. Screenshot via SmartDrive.

SmartDrive Systems' video-based safety system can now support additional cameras, giving 360-degree coverage of the vehicle.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Video Event Recorders, NPTC, SmartDrive, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Omnitracs Sponsors HDT Safety & Compliance Award

Photo: Mark Campbell

Fleet management and telematics software provider Omnitracs is once again sponsoring the HDT Safety & Compliance award, which recognizes industry leaders who have demonstrated excellence in fleet safety.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Omnitracs

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Fatal Accident Leads FMCSA to Investigate Small Alabama Carrier

A fatal accident involving a driver falling asleep at the wheel led the FMCSA to investigate Beatrice, Ala.-based J&L Trucking and order its vehicles off the road.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Out of Service, Imminent Hazard, Records Management

April 28, 2017 - Product News

Vigillo Compiles Driver Safety Records Into Roadside Resume

Image: Vigillo

Vigillo's new Roadside Resume is billed as a comprehensive commercial driver safety, compliance, and risk profile to help carriers identify safe and risky drivers.

Tags: Driver Safety, CSA, Vigillo, SambaSafety, High-Risk Drivers, Drivers, Analytics, Big Data

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

AFL-CIO Coalition Seeks to Clip Hair Testing

Photo: FMCSA

A coalition of AFL-CIO member unions is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to deny a petition by several trucking companies to use hair specimens in lieu of federally mandated urine in pre-employment drug tests.

Tags: FMCSA, American Trucking Associations, The Trucking Alliance, Hair Testing, AFL-CIO TTD

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

PrePass InfoRM Tool Aggregates Safety and Inspection Data

Photo: Help Inc.

Help Inc., provider of PrePass, has launched the InfoRM business intelligence system as a value-added tool for carriers to view and leverage their safety data.

Tags: Inspections, Online Tool, Help Inc., PrePass

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Gets Earful on Autonomous Trucks at Atlanta Listening Session

Among the most common concerns at FMCSA's Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session were questions about changes to the Hours of Service rules and how actively engaged drivers should be while a truck is in autonomous driving mode. Photo: Jack Roberts

A listening session on autonomous vehicles drew public comment from law enforcement officers, truck drivers, fleet executives, OEM representatives and new technology developers, such as Uber.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CVSA, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Most Dangerous, Safest Highways Ranked

Photo of the Snake Creek bridge in the Florida Keys via Wikimedia.

The 545-mile U.S. Highway 1 that runs from southern Georgia to Key West, Fla., has been deemed the most dangerous highway in the U.S. because it has the highest fatal crash rate, according to Geotab.

Tags: Road Deaths, Accidents, Highways, Geotab

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Carriers and Drivers Express Concern with Medical Examiner Registry

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

The American Transportation Research Institute has found that the Medical Examiner Registry is not fixing the problems that fleets and drivers have had with the DOT examination process and may be making them worse.

Tags: Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, U.S. DOT, ATRI, Medical Examiners

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

America’s 'Check Engine Light' is On, Says New Film About Failing Infrastructure

“Be Prepared To Stop” takes a hard look at the failing U.S. Interstate Highway System and paints a grim picture of a society unable to function if the trend isn’t corrected soon. Photo: Delaware Park Productions

America’s roads and bridges aren’t far from failing. And when that happens, the country will have about five days of normalcy before the trucks stop rolling and chaos ensues, says filmmaker Jennifer Clymer.

Tags: Infrastructure, Trucking's image, Image, In the Media

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Transflo Mobile, Drivewyze Team up for Enhanced Weigh Station Bypass

Drivewyze says the new PreClear app integration works on the same mobile devices carriers and drivers use to run Transflo Mobile, so no additional transponder is required. HDT file photo

The new new Drivewyze PreClear app integration will allow Transflo Mobile users to bypass over 600 fixed weigh stations and mobile inspection sites in 39 states and provinces, according to the companies.

Tags: Drivewyze, Weigh Stations, Truck Weights, Pegasus TransTech, Weigh-Station Bypass

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

SmartDrive Spells Out High Costs of Distracted Driving

Public domain photo

While it doesn’t take rocket science to view distracted drivers as accidents waiting to happen, new data-based findings released by SmartDrive indicate just how risky and costly these vehicle operators can be.

Tags: Distracted Driving, SmartDrive

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Takes ELD Rule to Supreme Court

Image: www.supremecourt.gov

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has flung a Hail Mary pass in its quest to overturn the electronic logging device mandate, petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether the regulation violates the Fourth Amendment.

Tags: OOIDA, ELD, U.S. Supreme Court

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Schism: Truck Groups Draw Lines over ELD, Speed-Limiter Rules

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

A proxy war of words over how the Trump administration should approach existing and proposed truck-safety rules has erupted among some trucking and stakeholder groups.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, OOIDA, U.S. DOT, ELD, The Trucking Alliance

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

Drug-Fueled Refuse Truck Driver Goes on Wrong-Way Rampage

A Kentucky-licensed truck driver arrested for driving the wrong way on a highway to avoid police while on drugs was declared an imminent hazard by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Drugged Driving, Imminent Hazard

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Salutes 7 Drivers Who Exceeded 3 Million Safe Miles

Photo: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has recognized seven of its less-than-truckload drivers who have achieved 3 million consecutive miles of accident–free driving.

Tags: Drivers, Awards, Safe Driving, XPO Logistics

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Supreme Court Won’t Review Truck Driver’s Apnea-Test Lawsuit

Photo: Safety First Sleep Solutions

The Supreme Court has decided not to hear a truck driver’s appeal against a lower-court decision that found a motor carrier had the right to screen certain drivers for obstructive sleep apnea.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Crete Carrier Corp., U.S. Supreme Court

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Georgia DOT Plans to Reopen I-85 by June 15

Image: Georgia Dept. of Transportation

Georgia’s Department of Transportation is aiming to complete rebuilding of the stretch of I-85 that collapsed last week — slicing one of the main arteries through metropolitan Atlanta — by June 15, which would be roughly 10 weeks since the collapse.

Tags: NTSB, Atlanta, I-85, Georgia DOT, Georgia, Highways

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Virginia Trucking Companies, Execs Indicted for Hours of Service Conspiracy

Two Virginia-based trucking companies and their executives have been charged with conspiracy, falsifying records, false statements, wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy related to hours of service and labor violations.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

One20 Calls its ELD ‘Antidote to Government Mandate’

One20, a company that aims to make drivers’ lives better via an online community and various affordable and free products and services, introduced an electronic logging device designed to meet the federal ELD mandate, designed with drivers in mind.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, One20

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