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August 5, 2010

Oh-Oh! Over She Goes!

A short video now making the rounds of truck folks' e-mail boxes shows a huge and heavy steel I-beam girder, and the trailer dollies it's on, falling over in a freeway curve

August 4, 2010

Hearing on Stability Control Could Pave the Way For Future Mandate

A mandate for stability control systems on tractor-trailers could be near, according to a hearing of the National Transportation Safety Board this week

July 27, 2010

New Study Links Skin Cancers on Left Side to Driving

Nearly 53 percent of skin cancers in the U.S. occur on the left side of the body, or the driver's side, according to a recent study from the St. Louis University Medical School

July 27, 2010

ATA Voices Concern Over 'Shoot the Gap' Volkswagen Commercial

The American Trucking Associations sent a letter to Volkswagen voicing concern over its new television commercial "Shoot the Gap," which portrays a passenger car driver passing a tractor-trailer on the right side and pulling into a small gap between the two tractor-trailers

July 22, 2010

Cargo Theft on the Rise This Year

For the first six months of 2010, cargo theft increased 5 percent over the same period of 2010, with multi-trailer losses becoming increasingly commo

July 20, 2010

Long-Haul Collisions Are Lowest During First Half of the Year

Collisions and near collisions in the long-haul trucking industry are typically low from January to June, between 1 and 5 percent

July 20, 2010

CVSA's New Truck Safety Campaign Targets Teens

As part of a new strategy aimed at cutting commercial motor vehicle-related crashes, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said it will focus on educating teenagers

July 13, 2010

Roadcheck Reports Continued Low Out-of-Service Rates

During this year's Roadcheck, held last month, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance found that out-of-service rates for commercial motor vehicles continued to hover close to record lows set in 2009

June 30, 2010

Con-way Freight Adds Safety Technologies to New Trucks

Less-than-truckload carrier Con-way Freight has installed several safety technologies in new trucks, including rollover stability, front collision warning with adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning

June 28, 2010

Man Holds Onto Trailer 'For Dear Life' as He Calls 911

The semitrailer had a ladder, which proved a lucky thing for a man who jokingly climbed aboard in the wee hours of Friday, June 18

June 21, 2010

NECS Forms Strategic Partnership With JS Eastman Enterprises

National Energy Control Services and JS Eastman Enterprises have formed a strategic partnership to bring together the regulatory compliance, DOT compliance, driver safety management and tax-related expertise of NECS with the crisis response knowledge and experience of JS Eastman

June 21, 2010

Proper Paperwork Is Key to Being Environmentally, Safety Compliant

"If you can't show you did it, you didn't do it," said Nick Bujeaud, district manager at KPA, which provides compliance and risk management services. During KPA's Recordkeeping 101: EPA and OSHA Required Paperwork Webinar last week, Bujeaud could not stress enough the importance of maintaining the necessary paperwork required to stay compliant with Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules

June 17, 2010

Pennsylvania Focuses on Unsafe Drivers During Operation Road Check

During last week's Operation Road Check, the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission placed 689 commercial vehicles and 137 drivers out of service in a three-day enforcement effort

June 1, 2010

Vermont Bans Texting While Driving

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas has signed an anti-texting-while-driving bill into law for all drivers in his state

May 28, 2010

Americans Indicate They Are Cutting Back on Talking and Texting While Driving

U.S. drivers say they are talking and texting less while driving than they did a year ago and they say it's because they are more aware of the dangers of driving while distracted

May 27, 2010

Sleep Apnea Can Create Legal Risks for Trucking Companies

Sleep apnea is a public health problem and a truck safety problem that could soon morph into a legal problem for the trucking industry, experts say. Three in 10 truck drivers suffer from mild to severe sleep apnea, says Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. "Drivers with severe sleep apnea are at greater risk of being involved in a crash," Ferro said in remarks at a conference on the disorder last month

May 27, 2010

California Officials Stress Highway Safety This Memorial Day Weekend

In a demonstration held Thursday on a Van Nuys, Calif., thoroughfare, professional drivers highlighted the dangers of driving too close to big rig

May 26, 2010

FMCSA's Safety Advisory Committee to Hold Distracted Driving Meeting

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will hold a three-day meeting to address distracted driving among truck drivers

May 20, 2010

Maine Carrier Demonstrates Benefits of Heavier Trucks

H.O. Bouchard Inc., a logging and trucking contractor based in Hampden, Maine, recently demonstrated the safety and other benefits of allowing heavier trucks on the state's interstate system, as part of a pilot project approved by Congress in December

May 19, 2010

Fight Against Distracted Driving Goes Global

U.N. and international officials met at the United Nations headquarters in New York Wednesday to launch a global effort to address distracted driving


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