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October 29, 2013

Why We Need Good Driver Training

VIDEO -- Equipment Editor Jim Park recently found a truck route that reminded him of the importance of good driver training. Suspend your disbelief for a few minutes, pretend the sound of Jim's motorcycle engine is a Jake Brake, and join him for a trip down a truly hair-raising hill.

October 23, 2013

Omnitracs Adds Speed Alerts to Critical Event Reporting

Omnitracs has enhanced its Critical Event Reporting application with the addition of Over Speed Events as an add-on and the introduction of an additional provider of integrated Following Time Violation and Forward Collision Warning sensors.

October 21, 2013

Tidewater Transit and MCO Transport Named 2013 Volvo Trucks Safety Award Winners

Volvo Trucks once again honored two of its safest customers with the 2013 Volvo Trucks Safety Award during the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition. Each fleet was presented $25,000 to be used toward safety-related activities.

September 18, 2013

FMCSA Withdraws Driver Training Proposal, Will Start Over

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is withdrawing its proposed rule for entry-level driver training and will start over with a new proposal. The agency explained in a Federal Register announcement that there are substantive problems with the proposal it has been working on since 2007.

September 12, 2013

Bill Challenges FMCSA to Write Sleep Disorder Rule

Two congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, rather than issue a guidance as it is planning to do.

September 9, 2013

Survey Digs into Four-Wheeler Confessions

If you see a motorist cussing in front of kids in the car or flipping people off, it's most likely to be a woman, but men aren't pillars of polite driving, either -- at least according to one newly released survey.

July 12, 2013

Check Out These Stories from the Fleet Safety Conference

A new Truck Track for the second annual Fleet Safety Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., featured speakers and panelists on topics such as CSA, medium-duty trucks, driver health and driver scorecards.

July 10, 2013

FMCSA Outlines Long-Term Plan for Driver Fitness Rating

Federal safety officials have a vision for a driver fitness rating system, but it will take close to a decade to get it done. In a recent report to Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlined a nine-year plan to develop the system, contingent on getting its other work done and obtaining the resources for the job.

July 10, 2013

4 Ways to Manage Risk in the Age of CSA

CSA may be an enforcement tool for the FMCA, but you also can use CSA as a catalyst to create transparency and accountability in your organization.

June 26, 2013

'Cognitive Distraction' Means Hands-Free Cell Phones Aren't Any Safer

Fleet managers walked out of Wednesday Fleet Safety Conference keynote speech vowing to change the use of cell phones while driving in both their fleets and their personal lives, following a powerful presentation on distracted driving.

June 26, 2013

Distracted Driving: The Myth Behind Multitasking

David Teater, senior director of Transportation Initiatives at the National Safety Council, explains multitasking - which is impossible to do with two cognitively complex tasks such as driving and talking on a cell phone. Teater was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Fleet Safety Conference; click here to learn more about cognitive distraction.

June 25, 2013

How Safety Audits Apply to New Owner-Operators

If you decide to get your own DOT number and strike out on your own, one regulatory requirement you will need to be aware of is the “new-entrant safety audit.” What do you need to know to get over this hurdle?

June 24, 2013

North Dakota Trucking Operation Cited by OSHA Following Worker Death

Plains Trucking, Ross, N.D.. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for nine safety violations after a worker was fatally injured March 27 while cleaning the inside of a crude oil tanker that exploded at the company's facility in Ross.

June 19, 2013

Fleet Safety Conference Revamps Medium-Duty Truck Safety Panel

In light of recent reports from the American Transportation Research Institute and the National Transportation Safety Board that raise questions about the safety of medium-duty trucks, new panelists have been added to a session on medium-duty truck safety at the Fleet Safety Conference next week in Schaumburg, Ill.

June 10, 2013

Learn About the Latest in Driver Health Regulations at Fleet Safety Conference

The 2013 Fleet Safety Conference, scheduled for June 25-27 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature a session on what fleets should know about the federal government's increased scrutiny of the health and wellness of commercial drivers, from tougher medical card requirements to sleep disorders.

June 10, 2013

4 Ways Technology Can Reduce Your Cost-per-Mile

Fleet managers understand that reducing cost-per-mile (CPM) by a single penny means huge savings, considering the number of miles a fleet drives each year. Here's how technology can help.

June 5, 2013

Wayne State University Seeks Impact of Differential Speed Limits

Years of research have produced mixed views on whether different freeway speed limits for cars and trucks make roads safer, but Wayne State University researchers are taking a comprehensive approach to answering that question for state officials.

June 3, 2013

Fleet Safety Conference Includes CSA Updates

The 2013 Fleet Safety Conference, scheduled for June 25-27 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature two sessions devoted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program.

June 3, 2013

7 Steps to Safely Lifting Heavy-Duty Work Vehicles

Stertil-Koni recently announced what its research has shown to be seven key steps that fleets and transit authorities should observe prior to lifting heavy-duty work vehicles in commercial maintenance facilities.

June 3, 2013

Why Better Underride Guards, and Maybe Other Stuff, Are Worth It

Senior Editor Tom Berg offers some personal insight into trailer underride guards and why they're so important in his "Trailer Talk" blog.

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