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January 26, 2015

Out-of-Control Doubles Make Spectacular Video

This video is so graphic that parts of it, shot by a motorist along the New Jersey Turnpike, were picked up by ABC and CBS in their evening newscasts one day last week. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

January 13, 2015

FMCSA Will Help Train Police on Truck Traffic Enforcement

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon launch a national program to train police officers in traffic enforcement for large trucks. The agency worked with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance on a curriculum covering the basics of truck safety enforcement.

January 12, 2015

FMCSA Offers States $30 Million in Safety Grants

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced the availability of $30 million in state grants aimed at assisting states in improving transportation safety by modernizing their technology infrastructure.

January 8, 2015

Why Can't Those 3 Upper ID Lights Be Mounted Low?

The three identification lights at the top-rear of the trailer, mounted around the center line of the vehicle, are to alert following drivers that the vehicle equipped with these lights is wider than 80 inches.

January 7, 2015

Arrow Logger Simplifies Brake Adjustment

The new Arrow Logger from Spectra Products works together with the company's Brake Safe visual brake-stroke indicator to improve and simplify brake-adjustment inspection.

January 5, 2015

Brake Defects Up in CVSA's September Inspection Blitz

Bad components and adjustment caused inspectors to place a higher percentage of trucks out of service during 2014's Brake Safety Week than during the '13 event, says the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

January 5, 2015

Can You Come up With a Better Safety Slogan for DOT Highway Signs?

Some state safety agencies, realizing the same old tired safety warnings just make drivers' eyes glaze over, have been turning to some more creative wording for their safety campaigns. Deborah Lockridge has more in her "On the Road" blog.

December 30, 2014

RTA Bets $100 on Retread Challenge

The Retread Tire Association announced that it would donate $100 to back up the company’s Retread Challenge, which is meant to prove the safety of tire retreads.

December 22, 2014

Overall Traffic Deaths Decline, Truck-Involved Fatalities Edge Higher

The number of overall traffic fatalities in the U.S. declined in 2013 from the year before while those involving commercial trucks turned just slightly higher, according to newly released figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

December 11, 2014

Report: Trucking Injury Rates, Costs Among Highest in Washington State

Truck drivers have some of the highest rates of workplace injuries in Washington State, according to a new report from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

December 4, 2014

Tennessee Bans Trucks from 'The Dragon'

Vehicles longer than 30 feet, including trucks, will soon be banned from a mountainous section of eastern Tennessee roadway, due to a high number of crashes over a three-year period.

November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Travel Expected to be Highest Since 2007

More than 46 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with most of them taking to the highways, according to a forecast from AAA Travel.

November 4, 2014

ATA Gives Out Awards for Safety Efforts

The American Trucking Association’s Safety Management Council honored fleets, safety professionals and a state association at the annual Safety and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition.

November 3, 2014

ATRI Seeks Carrier Input On Detention Survey

ATRI is looking for carrier input through its latest survey on detention time and the impact it has on industry safety and productivity,

October 28, 2014

Recalls Issued for More Than 3,000 Volvo Trucks

Two recalls have been issued for Volvo trucks. One involves disc brake problems on VAH, VNL, and VNM model trucks; a smaller recall affects D16 engines in VNL and VNX models.

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.

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