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December 8, 2011

Highway Fatalities Drop, Truck-related Deaths Rise

Preliminary 2010 fatality and injury data shows that highway deaths fell to 32,885 for the year, the lowest level since 1949. The data also revealed that truck-related fatalities increased by nearly nine percent to 3,675

December 8, 2011

TSA Recalls Improperly Encoded TWIC Cards

The integrated circuit chips on approximately 26,000 previously issued Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) issued prior to April 5, 2011 were improperly encoded and may not work with TWIC card readers

November 21, 2011

FreightWatch Warns of Increased Incidents of Cargo Theft over Thanksgiving Weekend

Last year, FreightWatch reported that cargo crime increases by 28% over holiday periods and that Thanksgiving weekend recorded the most cargo theft activity of all holiday periods in the United States

November 21, 2011

National Motorists Association Throws Down the Gauntlet on Red Light Cameras

The National Motorists Association (NMA) is challenging cities to do away with ticket-producing red-light cameras and replace them with traffic engineering solutions to combat red-light running. They're putting $10,000 on the table that says safety can be improved without tickets

November 17, 2011

Safety Improvements Show HOS Rule Does Not Need Revision, ATA Says

The continuing improvement in truck safety shows that the current hours of service rules do not need to be revised, American Trucking Associations President Bill Graves said in a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget

November 16, 2011

Brake Safety Week Results Show Improvement in Brake Adjustment Rates, Increased Overall OOS Rates

Enforcement data gathered from across the continent during Operation Air Brake's Brake Safety Week reveals the number of out-of-service defects for both brake adjustment and brake components are down slightly, while the overall OOS rate for brakes rose

November 14, 2011

Cyclist Tragedy Sparks Side Guard Debate in Canada

Olivia Chow thinks all trucks need side guards on their trailers and she is introducing a bill in Canada's Parliament to try to make it a reality

November 7, 2011

NTSB Supports "Drowsy Driving Prevention Week" - Stay Alert or Stay Off the Road

The National Transportation Safety Board has thrown its full support behind Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, November 6-12, 2011

November 2, 2011

NTSB Conducting Tests at Site of June 2011 Amtrak Train Crash

NTSB investigators have returned to the scene of an accident between an Amtrak passenger train and a tractor and double trailer combination in rural Nevada on June 24, 2011.

October 27, 2011

Website Offers Environmental Compliance Resources

American Trucking Associations and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences announced a new online compliance resource that provides information on environmental regulations affecting fleets

October 26, 2011

Q3 Cargo Thefts Up; Averages 87.6 Incidents per Month

FreightWatch recorded 263 cargo theft incidents from July to September, showing a marked increase in cargo theft activity over the previous quarters this year

October 19, 2011

Verisk Analytics Launches Ironwatch on AT&T Network

Verisk Analytics has launched a wireless tracking and recovery device for mobile heavy equipment with no monthly fees. Ironwatch was developed for construction, farm, and industrial equipment by the National Equipment Register, and is supported by the AT&T wireless network

October 19, 2011

Existing Intelligent Transportation Technologies Could Eliminate Almost All Traffic Accidents

Nearly every traffic accident caused by driver error -- up to 90 percent of all crashes -- could be eliminated if existing intelligent transportation technologies were implemented in our vehicles and roads, say experts at IEEE, the world's largest technical professional association

October 17, 2011

Volvo Honors Roehl, Stagecoach for Safety Focus

Safety-centric company cultures and outstanding performance records earned Roehl Transport and Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution the 2011 Volvo Trucks Safety Award

September 30, 2011

NTTC Offers Free Tank Truck Rollover Prevention Video 
with Spanish Subtitles

National Tank Truck Carriers released the Cargo Tank Rollover Prevention video with Spanish subtitles, available for free online

September 18, 2011

Truckers Hit by Rocks on 401 in Ontario

On Friday, three truck drivers were pelted with rocks while driving along the 401 near Woodstock, Ontario

September 16, 2011

Georgia Inspections to be Done by State Officials

Georgia is ending a program that has allowed local police departments to inspect commercial vehicles for safety violations, reports an Atlanta TV station

September 8, 2011

Michigan Study Suggests CSA Improvements

An analysis of the CSA safety enforcement system finds that most elements are working well but improvements still are needed. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute prepared an in-depth study of the 30-month field test of CSA, then known as CSA 2010. As expected, it found that the system worked better than the old SafeStat system, improved carrier behavior and reached more carriers

September 8, 2011

Brake Safety Week to Target Brake Adjustment

Next week is Brake Safety Week, when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance works to improve industry knowledge, regulatory compliance and performance of commercial vehicle braking systems

September 7, 2011

Sentry Insurance Joins CargoNet

Sentry Insurance has become a member of CargoNet, a national network to combat cargo theft through improved information sharing between the insurance and trucking industries and law enforcement

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