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October 23, 2014

OSHA Hits Carrier with $43,000 in Fines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a solid waste removal trucking company for five safety and health violations following an inspection at the company's Mableton, Georgia, facility.

October 22, 2014

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

Truck drivers should not use hands-free phones while driving, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The Board’s recommendation was one of several changes it wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make in the wake of a 2013 truck-train crash that caused a derailment, hazmat fire and explosion.

October 16, 2014

Concept Volvo Safety System Senses Its Surroundings

Volvo Trucks is showcasing its automated safety system concept for heavy-duty trucks. Using sensors, the truck can track objects 360 degrees around it and warn drivers up to 5 seconds early when a collision is imminent. If the driver doesn't stop, the truck can automatically do so. Volvo says the system could be on the market in 5-10 years. To read more about it click here. 

October 14, 2014

NHTSA Investigating Possible Failure of Michelin Auto-Hauler Tires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating six complaints it has received alleging steer tire failure involving Michelin’s 2014 XZA 295/60/R22.5 tires used on auto-haulers.

October 10, 2014

Operation Safe Driver Week Increases Traffic Safety

Law enforcement agencies will be stepping up traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors for Operation Safe Driver Week, a week-long event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

October 8, 2014

J.J. Keller Puts Newsletters Online

J.J. Keller is now offering all of its 17 newsletters in an online format. The newsletters are aimed at providing access to regulatory news and best practice information for transportation, workplace safety and HR professionals.

September 22, 2014

How to Evaluate Performance of Improved Tire Designs

Tire companies continue to make improvements to existing products on an ongoing basis. New materials in combination with new and improved design construction may significantly help tire performance.

September 11, 2014

Central Transport Fined More Than $100,000 by OSHA

The trucking company Central Transport has been cited for five workplace violations by the Occupational Safety Health Administration at its trucking terminal in Rock Island, Illinois following a formal complaint.

September 11, 2014

Report: Trucking Deaths Down 8% Last Year

New U.S. Labor Department figures show the number of deaths in trucking last year accounted for about 10% of all fatal work injuries.

September 11, 2014

4 Workers’ Comp Tools Every Trucking Company Should be Using

Using the right tools can prevent a vast majority of workers’ comp legal nightmares. By using four strategic tools at the disposal of every trucking company, you can eliminate most major legal issues associated with workers’ comp claims.

August 28, 2014

Labor Day Holiday Traffic Expected to be Greatest Since 2008

Nearly 35 million million Americans are expected to journey 50 miles or more from home Thursday through Monday, a 1.3% percent increase over 2013.

August 26, 2014

Industry Pushes to Hide CSA Data from Public, FMCSA Responds

UPDATED -- A coalition of industry groups is putting pressure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove CSA safety scores from public view. In an August 22 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, American Trucking Associations and 10 other groups said the scores are not likely to provide an accurate assessment of a carrier’s safety.

August 26, 2014

HDT Fact Book: Safety

August 25, 2014

Inside the Numbers Driving the Heavy-Duty Trucking Industry

There are many ways to tell a story – through words in books and magazines, pictures, videos, song, and more. With the inaugural issue of the HDT Fact Book, we are telling trucking’s story through facts, numbers, statistics, charts, and graphs.

August 20, 2014

Researchers Working to Bring Road Signs into Vehicles

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are in the early stages of an idea to move stop and yield signs from the side of the road into the car itself, where a dashboard screen will automatically alert the driver of what actions to take, if any.

August 13, 2014

Highway Deaths Decline in First Half of 2014

Preliminary data collected by the National Safety Council indicates deaths from motor vehicle crashes during the first six months of 2014 are down 4%, compared to the same six month period last year, according to newly released figures.

August 4, 2014

More Than 1,000 Volvo, Nearly 200 Freightliner Trucks Recalled

Volvo Trucks of North America is recalling 1,025 2011-2015 VNL and 2014-2015 VNM trucks, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice.

August 1, 2014

Researcher Critical of Railroad Study on Truck Safety

A leading transportation researcher has characterized a report prepared for the railroad-funded Railway Supply Institute on the safety of larger trailers in trucking as fatally flawed.

July 30, 2014

34-Hour Restart Takes Center Stage at Senate Safety Hearing

A Senate hearing on truck safety was dominated by the ongoing struggle over the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. Anne Ferro, in what was probably her last congressional testimony before she steps down as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, defended the restart.

July 29, 2014

Chicago Truck Crash Triggers Scrutiny of Logbooks, Coercion

A Chicago-area truck crash that killed four has led to local attention to federal hours-of-service rules, the mandatory electronic logs proposal, and federal efforts to address coercion of drivers to break the law. Deborah Lockridge has more in her On the Road blog.

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