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May 6, 2015

DOT to Audit FMCSA High-Risk Investigative Practices

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.

May 5, 2015

TCA Honors Maverick’s Newell with Safety Award

The Truckload Carriers Association has presented its annual Clare C. Casey Award to Dean Newell, Vice President of Safety and Training for Maverick Transportation, LLC.

May 4, 2015

Proposed Rule Would Simplify Insulin Exemption for Drivers

The FMCSA has proposed that drivers with controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus be permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles without first obtaining an individual exemption.

May 4, 2015

Sometimes it's Driver Error; Sometimes it's an Optical Illusion

We all know some freeway off-ramp bends are too tight, but we sort of expect that. When the mainline of the highway has too tight a turn it can be shocking. All the more so when your eyes tell you the road is straight ...

May 1, 2015

NTSB Report Finds Value in On-Board Video Systems

An NTSB report has concluded that on-board video systems can “provide valuable information for evaluating the circumstances leading to a crash,” if the cameras are positioned properly and if the systems are adequate for recording in low light.

April 30, 2015

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Local Media and Trucking

From a happy trucking couple to a one-sided "investigation" of cheating on logbooks, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge takes a look at a few of the local stories covering trucking this week in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

April 23, 2015

FMCSA May Reward Carriers for Going Beyond Safety Regs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on its potential development of a program that would take into consideration a motor carrier’s “proactive voluntary implementation of state-of-the-art best practices and technologies” when evaluating the company’s safety program.

April 15, 2015

CVSA Sets Annual Roadcheck for Early June

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that its 28th annual International Roadcheck will take place from June 2 to 4.

March 17, 2015

Why Safe Coupling Procedures Matter

It could've been driver error, mechanical failure or both, and we won't know for a while. But it sure matters.

March 16, 2015

Bendix Hits Billion Dollar Sales Mark

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems surpassed $1 billion in sales during 2014, marking a first for the company.

March 11, 2015

Truck Struck By Amtrak Had An Oversized Load

Improperly followed procedures involving a truck carrying an oversized load may have contributed to the train crash in North Carolina earlier this week, according to a news report from the Associated Press.

February 19, 2015

Blinding Snow Turns a Trailer into a Tow Truck

A minivan plowed into the rear of a semi on I-75 in northern Michigan, and got dragged along for miles by the rig because its driver was totally unaware that he had something hanging on.

February 16, 2015

Converter Dolly Automatically Closes Gap

The large gap between combination trailers can now be decreased at highway speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag and save fuel with Silver Eagle Manufacturing’s T-Dolly.

February 10, 2015

Safety Managers Talk Improving Safety with Technology

Participants in a panel at the Omnitracs Outlook User Conference shared some of the ways they have used technology to improve their CSA scores and overall safety performance.

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.

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