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April 28, 2014

$4.1 Verdict Against R&L Carriers in Texas Crash

A 41-year-old Mississippi woman, seriously injured when her pick-up truck rolled over, after it was rear-ended by an 18-wheel tractor-trailer driver on a Texas interstate highway in 2011, was awarded $4.1 million by a Dallas, Texas jury.

April 25, 2014

Driver Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

With Memorial Day nearly a month away, Ryder decided to interview its 2013 Driver of the Year David Hopper to find out what driving safety tips he could offer to those who will be on the roadways during the holiday weekend.

April 23, 2014

NPTC Announces Safety Award Winners

The National Private Truck Council recognized those fleet members who continue to elevate safety performance during the group’s Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition.

April 23, 2014

Twin 33s Would Be Safer than 28s, U of Michigan Researcher Says

Double-trailer rigs with a pair of 33-foot trailers would be “inherently more stable” and therefore safer than the twin 28s now running throughout the United States, according to John Woodrooffe, director of commercial vehicle research at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

April 15, 2014

NPTC Honors 4 Drivers for Long, Safe Careers

CINCINNATI -- "Love of family" and belief in the Golden Rule are common among industry veterans feted by private fleet group.

April 10, 2014

Sen. Durbin Seeks Review of FMCSA Investigative Practices

Sen. Dick Durban, D-Ill., asked the Transportation Department’s Inspector General to review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices. The agency dropped the ball on an investigation of a carrier that later was involved in a fatal crash, Durbin said in his April 9 letter to IG Calvin Scovel.

April 7, 2014

Great Dane Trailers, International Prostar Trucks Recalled

Brackets that could fall off trailers and possible loss of power to the drive wheels on tractors are the problems leading to two of the latest commercial vehicle equipment recalls.

April 4, 2014

FMCSA's Ferro Ponders Distraction Potential of On-board Displays

Ann Ferro's curiosity over in-cab distraction is well-founded, but who will decide how much is too much? Equipment Editor Jim Park muses on the topic in his latest "On the Road" blog post.

April 3, 2014

Hazmat Carriers Seek Improvements in Regulations

Hazardous materials carriers want Congress to change several regulations when it writes the next highway law. William Downey, executive vice president for Kenan Advantage Group, told legislators at a Wednesday hearing that Congress should tell the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration to withdraw its proposed wetlines rule.

March 27, 2014

WS Makes Virtual Technician Standard on Many Models, Offers UltraShift Plus, ESC

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Immediate assessment of fault codes keeps trucks working, while more automated transmission availability enhances versatility, the builder says.

March 26, 2014

TCA Names MacKinnon, Bison as National Fleet Safety Award Winners

Grand prizes announced at Truckload Carriers Association’s annual convention near Dallas, Tex.

March 24, 2014

Smart Drive Systems and Wabco Form Strategic Alliance

TCA, GRAPEVINE, TX -- Wabco and SmartDrive Systems announced they are forming a strategic partnership, which allows Wabco to expand its fleet management solutions to commercial vehicle fleets in North America. Integration between the two systems give fleets better data on driver behavior.

March 19, 2014

Distraction Was Key in Chesapeake Bay Bridge Crash

A distracted truck driver failed to slow down, stuck the car ahead of him and pushed it off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge into the water 27 feet below. That’s the official National Transportation Safety Board conclusion in its analysis of the July 19, 2013, accident. The car’s driver managed to get out of the sinking vehicle and swim to safety with minor injuries.

March 18, 2014

Wyoming Speed Limits to Move Higher

Wyoming will soon join an elite club of states with speed limits of 80 mph or greater -- but drivers shouldn't hit the accelerator just yet.

March 17, 2014

Video: Are ELDs a Driver Harassment Device or a Critical Safety and Compliance Tool?

This pro-electronic-log video from The Trucking Alliance talks to fleet management and drivers about the benefits of electronic logging devices, or ELDs. The video was posted in January, but with last week's unveiling of the actual ELD proposal, it's worth another look.

March 13, 2014

Amber Rear Turn Signals Are Safer Than Red, But Few Use Them

Lights on the rear of most vehicles have all red lights because that's all the regulation requires. Maybe that should change.

March 4, 2014

N.Y. Prosecutors Get Access to Past Driving Ticket Information

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is making additional information available to prosecutors about a driver’s ticket history, according to an announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

February 26, 2014

Don Lacy Retires After 25 Years at Prime Inc.

Longtime Director of Safety Don Lacy is retiring on April 1 following a 25-year career at Prime Inc.

February 20, 2014

FMCSA Now Taking Comments on Clearinghouse Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration aims to plug some holes in the regulatory net with its proposed clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results. The clearinghouse, which has been on the safety wish list for 15 years, is designed to prevent commercial drivers from hiding drug or alcohol violations and ensure that carriers are meeting their responsibility to test for substance abuse.

February 19, 2014

Virginia Tech Working on Talking Car and Light Truck Technology

Following a U.S. Department of Transportation call to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for all cars and light trucks on the nation’s highways, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been tapped to design the delivery integration framework that will allow vehicles to “talk” with their drivers and with other automobiles on the roadway.

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