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August 15, 2012

Roadcheck 2012 Finds Driver and Vehicle OOS Rates Near Historic Lows

Out-of-service rates during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Roadcheck inspection blitz in June were the second lowest in 25 years, according to the organization

August 10, 2012

Virginia Tech Studying Electronic Logs

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is studying the safety records of drivers and fleets that have been using electronic onboard recorders to comply with federal hours of service requirements to see if they improve safety and compliance

August 10, 2012

Top Commercial Vehicle Inspectors Honored

More than 50 commercial vehicle inspectors showed off their skills last week in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's North American Inspectors Championship

August 2, 2012

Fatal Bus Crash Underscores Need for Fatigue Management Programs, NTSB says

As a consequence of a fatal bus crash last year, the National Transportation Safety Board is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to be more assertive in monitoring fatigue management programs

July 27, 2012

Cargo Theft Numbers Show Downward Trend in Metal Heists

The value of cargo thefts in the second quarter dropped, according to FreightWatch International, with a drop in the number of metal thefts

July 13, 2012

FMCSA Shuts Down Chameleon Carrier

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut down Alabama-based trucking company MTI Transportation LLC based on evidence that it was a chameleon operation for two unsafe carriers previously shut down by the agency

July 5, 2012

Researchers Identify Common Factors in Truck-Related Crashes

Two Kansas State University civil engineers are working to make Kansas roads and highways safer by reducing the number and severity of vehicular crashes that involve large, cargo-carrying trucks

July 1, 2012

DOT Shuts Down Tennessee Trucking Company

The U.S. DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week shut down a Tennessee-based trucking company, Three Angels Farms, after an extensive review found multiple federal violations in hours-of-service compliance, driver qualification requirements, drug and alcohol testing and vehicle maintenance

June 28, 2012

FMCSA to Conduct Fireworks Roadside Inspections

From June 28 through July 8, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is conducting a nationwide roadside inspection sweep targeting commercial trucks transporting fireworks categorized as Class 1 Explosives

June 27, 2012

Study: No Correlation Between CSA BASIC Data and Crash Performance

A new study says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's safety data under its new Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program does not accurately predict crashes

June 27, 2012

Texas Inspects 8,000 Trucks and Buses During Roadcheck

The Texas Department of Public Safety inspected more than 8,000 commercial motor vehicles during a three-day inspection effort earlier this month as part of Roadcheck 2012

June 26, 2012

ATA Accepting Nominations for 2013-2014 America's Road Team

American Trucking Associations is accepting nominations for truck drivers to serve on the 2013-2014 America's Road Team as Road Team captains

June 25, 2012

FMCSA Targets Drug and Alcohol Violations in Two-Week Sweep

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's annual drug and alcohol strike force sweep, held April 30 to May 11, resulted in 287 commercial bus and truck drivers being removed from the roads. More than 128 companies face enforcement actions as a result of the two-week sweep

June 17, 2012

Trucker Honored Again for Heroism

A trucker who was honored earlier this year as the Goodyear Highway Hero for his actions in saving a woman from a gun-wielding boyfriend has been honored again, this time by the Pennsylvania State Police

June 8, 2012

DOT Orders WTSA US Express to Shut Down

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered Wisconsin-based WTSA US Express to immediately cease all transportation services, based on serious safety violations in drivers' hours-of-service compliance, driver qualifications and drug testing requirements

June 7, 2012

Canadian Judge Rules Against Speed Limiters

An Ontario trial judge recently tossed out a ticket under the province's speed limiter legislation, ruling that speed limiters are unsafe and violate a truck driver's right to personal safety. However, advocates for the devices say the ruling does not affect Ontario's speed limiter law

June 7, 2012

Michelin, TIA Release CSA Tire Inspection Training Video

In conjunction with Tire Safety Week, Michelin North America and the Tire Industry Association have partnered on a free training video for the tire and transportation industries. "CSA Tire Inspection" covers the guidelines for inspecting truck tires under the new Compliance, Safety, Accountability progra

June 6, 2012

NTSB Recommends 10-Year Driving Record, Use of Safety Technology Following Bus Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board called for states to provide a 10-year driving history on prospective employees of motor carriers, along with onboard safety monitoring and speed limiting systems in commercial vehicles, as part of its report on a 2011 bus crash in New York, N.Y

May 31, 2012

Paschall improves CSA scores with contract 'readiness' program

With more than 2,700 trailers scattered across the lower 48 states and Mexico, conducting regular trailer inspections and repairs has been a daunting task for Paschall Truck Lines. But a contract service adopted more than a year ago has effectively complemented the fleet's effort

May 31, 2012

Roadcheck Scheduled for June 5-7

The Commercia Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Roadcheck is scheduled for next week, Tuesday-Thursday, June 5-7. Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period


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