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August 19, 2015 - Industry News

I-65 Bridge Detours to Last Into September, INDOT Says

 The cause of the closure: the I-65 Wildcat Creek Bridge in Tippecanoe County. Photo: Indiana DOT via Facebook

Highway officials say the bridge on northbound Interstate 65 at Lafayette, Ind., will remain closed into mid September as contractors work to stabilize the structure. State and local sources are suggesting certain alternate routes in western Indiana and into eastern Illinois.

Tags: Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana, Bridges, Road Closure, Highways

August 18, 2015 - Industry News

Suit Alleges Defective CNG Equipment Caused Truck to Burn

The vehicle was only five months old and had been run only 3,000 miles before it caught fire during an ordinary customer run, the suit claims. The manufacturers say nothing was wrong with the equipment.

Tags: Volvo, Natural Gas Vehicles, Vehicle Fires, Cummins Westport, Agility Fuel Systems, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG

August 12, 2015 - Industry News

2 Plead Guilty in California CDL Bribery Scheme

Two defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to sell fraudulently obtained Class A commercial driver’s licenses by bribing DMV employees in Northern California.

Tags: CDL, DMV, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Crime & Fraud

August 10, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Class Action Moves Forward

The Canter FE125 used Daimler Commercial Truck's BlueTec emissions technology to comply with EPA 2010 diesel emissions standards. File Photo

A judge has allowed a class action against Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America to continue after the truck maker made motions to dismiss the case involving BlueTec emissions control technology.

Tags: Emissions, Lawsuits, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, EPA 2010, Litigation, SCR

August 7, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Driving Championships Set to Kick Off Soon

Competitors at last year's Truck Driving Championships.

The 2015 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships hosted by American Trucking Associations are set to kick off on Aug. 13 in St. Louis.

Tags: ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Competition, Driving Safety

August 5, 2015 - Industry News

Darling Nominated to be FMCSA Administrator

T.F. Scott Darling III Photo: FMCSA

Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in all but name for the past year, T.F. Scott Darling III has been nominated to fill that vacant appointment by President Obama.

Tags: FMCSA, People

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Wabco Appoints President of Business in the Americas

Jon Morrison Photo courtesy of Wabco

Wabco Holdings has appointed industry veteran Jon Morrison president of its Americas business unit, the company announced.

Tags: Leadership, People, Wabco

July 31, 2015 - Industry News

Did FMCSA Spin Report on HOS Restart?

The day after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated its general satisfaction with a Government Accountability Office study of the hours-of-service changes implemented in 2013, the American Trucking Associations slammed the safety agency for “cherry-picking” a few points “in a desperate effort to influence lawmakers.”

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, GAO, 34-Hour Restart

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Supports GAO Recommendations for HOS

FMCSA has voiced its support of a U.S. Government Accountability Office report that examined the hours-of-service changes that were implemented in 2013.

Tags: FMCSA, GAO, Fatigue, HOS

July 29, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Disappointed in Proposed CSA Changes

The American Trucking Associations, in its comments on the FMCSA's proposed changes to the CSA, says the agency didn't go far enough.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, CSA

July 24, 2015 - Industry News

OSHA Fines Trucking Firm over Driver Suspension

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Oak Harbor Freight Lines $20,000 for retaliating against truck drivers who refuse to drive when sick or fatigued.

Tags: OSHA, Driving Safety, Fatigue, Fines

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Expect Delays In St. Paul this Weekend

Image: Minnesota DOT

Drivers should expect delays and a detour on westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Tags: Minnesota Department of Transportation, Detours, Road Closure

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

OOS Violations Down in This Year's Brake Check

Out of service brake violations dropped slightly this year during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual, unannounced brake check day.

Tags: Brakes, CVSA, Out of Service Violations

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Goes Standard With Collision Mitigation Systems

UPS driver Bill Lazarski of Chicago (left) and UPS Freight driver Paul Savill of Cincinnati (right) are fans of the collision mitigation technology that's now standard equipment on every new UPS Class 8 tractor the company orders. Photo courtesy UPS.

UPS is making collision mitigation technology standard equipment on every new Class 8 tractor the company orders.

Tags: UPS, Collision Avoidance, Bendix

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Set for September

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that this year's Brake Safety Week will take place from Sept. 6 - 12.

Tags: Inspections, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Bridge Collapse Closes I-10 in California

Photo: Cal Fire

A bridge collapse in Southeastern California has forced the closure of a section of Interstate 10 near the state border for an indefinite period of time

Tags: Flooding, Road Closure, I-10

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Short-Term Highway Patch, Trucking Issues on The Hill

HDT file photo

The House of Representatives unveils a short-term funding patch to keep the highway program running for the next six months, as a Senate committee prepares to consider a comprehensive highway safety bill Wednesday that addresses trucking issues such as CSA reforms, younger drivers and hair testing.

Tags: Highway Funding, CSA, Hair Testing, Legislation

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference Kicks Off

The Fleet Safety Conference kicked off Monday evening in Schaumburg, Ill., and will offer sessions over the next two days about creating a positive safety culture at the corporate and fleet level.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Truck-Mounted Instruments to Measure Pavement Friction

A specially equipped Volvo VHD 430 totes a Sideway-force Coefficient Routine Investigation Machine (SCRIM) – to evaluate friction on roadways to determine whether highway improvements could reduce crashes.  Photo: Volvo Trucks

The project will help states develop pavement friction management programs and demonstrate measuring equipment.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Safety, Pavement Research, Highways

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Bill Calls for Hourly Pay for Truck Drivers

Among other things, the bill calls for a look at the safety effect of long commutes before a driver even starts his day.

A new Senate bill calls for truck drivers to be paid by the hour and would increase minimum insurance levels, mandate collision avoidance systems and speed limiters, and study the effects on safety of truck drivers having to drive hours just to get to the start of their workday.

Tags: Legislation, Insurance, Collision Avoidance Technology, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Driver Pay

July 10, 2015 - Industry News

Dispatcher Charged with Holding Cargo Hostage

Kentucky dispatcher Bryan Napier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his part in a scheme to defraud shippers.

Tags: FMCSA, FBI, Crime & Fraud, Dispatch, Shippers

July 9, 2015 - Industry News

Shipping Execs Reveal Frustration with Hazmat Regs

Labelmaster has released the findings of a survey it conducted of shipping executives that reveals their frustrations with confusing hazardous materials regulations.

Tags: Regulations, Survey, Shippers, Hazmat

July 9, 2015 - Industry News

CVSA Names International Driver Excellence Award Winner

IDEA winner Ross Reynolds. Courtesy of CVSA

The CVSA has named Con-way Freight driver Ross Reynolds the first winner of its International Driver Excellence Award.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety, Awards, CVSA

July 7, 2015 - Industry News

Authorities Bust Russian CDL Scammers

Three Florida residents have been charged with unlawfully obtaining commercial driver licenses for unqualified individuals.

Tags: Florida, CDL, FBI, Crime & Fraud

July 7, 2015 - Industry News

Western Star Recall to Replace Speedometers

Photo of Western Star 4900 by Jason Lawrence via Wikimedia Commons and Flickr.

The recall, set to begin Aug. 7, affects 21 2015-MY Western Star 4700, 4800 and 4900 trucks.

Tags: Western Star, Recalls, Daimler Trucks North America, 2015-MY, NHTSA

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