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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.

February 12, 2014

FMCSA Counters GAO Critique of Safety Program

The back-and-forth over the Compliance Safety and Accountability enforcement program continues, this time with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration countering recent criticisms by the Government Accountability Office.

February 12, 2014

Vehicle Fatalities Fell Slightly Last Year

A new, preliminary estimate shows approximately 35,200 motor vehicle fatalities occurred in 2013, a 3% decrease from the year before, according to the National Safety Council.

February 11, 2014

Safety Advisors Post Wish List for Highway Bill

An advisory panel is encouraging federal regulators to push for several dozen safety reforms in the upcoming highway bill, ranging from changing how drivers are paid to establishing an entirely new approach to hours of service.

February 10, 2014

More Than 21,000 Kenworth and Peterbilt Chassis Recalled

Paccar is recalling 11,056 model year 2013-2014 Kenworth T680 chassis manufactured Jan. 1, 2012 through Oct. 14, 2013, and Peterbilt 567 and 579 chassis manufactured Jan. 20, 2012 through Oct. 11, 2013, and equipped with Inteva-brand door latch assemblies.

February 5, 2014

FMCSA Says Separate Study Confirms CSA Effectiveness, ATA Balks

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration claims a new study confirms its Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program is more effective at identifying commercial bus and truck companies of all sizes for targeted enforcement than the system it replaced.

February 4, 2014

GAO Highlights Shortcomings in CSA Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA safety enforcement program has been successful in some respects but needs improvements, says the Government Accountability Office. CSA has helped the agency expand its reach, among other benefits, but because of data shortcomings it is not as strong a predictor of crash risk as it could be, the watchdog agency said.

February 4, 2014

Death in the Tire Shop

A tire service technician was killed when he was run over by the truck he was working on. Could more regulations have prevented the tragedy? Possibly, but so could better communication and a little more awareness of what goes on in a repair shop, says Equipment Editor Jim Park in his On the Road blog.

February 4, 2014

Video: Winter Driving Tips for Medium-Duty Trucks

Tips from Pro-Tread on driving in slick winter conditions and doing a pre-trip exhaust check for drivers of medium-duty trucks.

February 3, 2014

NHTSA Will Go Ahead with Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Initiative for Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided to go ahead with a regulation that will require vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems in new cars. The move signals that trucks are likely to be included at some point in the future.

January 30, 2014

Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours of service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety. The test found that the provision, which requires drivers to take two successive periods off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during their once-a-week restart, is more effective at combating fatigue than the earlier rule, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

January 29, 2014

Enforcement Community Spells Out What it Wants in Highway Bill

Police and roadside inspectors are calling for changes in how the Department of Transportation administers the truck safety program. At a hearing Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Thomas Fuller, a sergeant in the New York State Police, outlined what the enforcement community wants in the next highway bill.

January 16, 2014

OSHA Extends Deadline on Workplace Injury and Illness Proposal

The time to comment on a proposal from The Occupational Safety and Health Administration about a possible new regulation that would change the tracking and reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses has been extended from its original deadline.

January 16, 2014

NTSB Releases "Most Wanted" Safety List for 2014

The National Transportation Safety Board has just released its 2014 Most Wanted List, the top 10 advocacy and awareness priorities for the agency for the year.

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