February 3, 2014
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
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
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
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.
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.
January 13, 2014
Eighteen fleets are being recognized for their excellent safety records; two will now advance to win grand prizes in March.
January 8, 2014
Mobile Awareness announced its expanded line of dash cameras and digital video recording systems for commercial trucks and recreation vehicles. In the event of an accident, with these solutions fleet managers, drivers and owners can use digital video recordings.
January 6, 2014
I hate rules, but there’s one I like, namely the ban on cell-phone use while driving. It’s a long way from universal state to state, but New York has just gotten very tough indeed on truck-driver use of cellular tools, and that’s fine by me.
December 12, 2013
Equipment Editor Jim Park, has seen his share of calamity on snow-covered highways. He got through his 20 years of driving unscathed, but the point of view from the driver's seat is a little different that that of a traffic camera mounted dozens of feet in the air. Park says this ringside-seat video provides a new perspective on winter driving.
December 9, 2013
When it comes to trimming the fat out of a fleet's budget, the largest focus tends to be on the largest costs on the balance sheet: fuel, equipment and drivers. But these are not the only areas where dollars can be saved. This web-only series offers tips for savings in insurance, worker's comp and healthcare costs.
December 4, 2013
The New York Thruway has installed the first-in-the-nation Doppler-radar-enhanced LED signs to alert wrong way drivers before they enter the Niagara Expressway, also known as I-190, at the southbound exit 9 off-ramp in Buffalo.
December 3, 2013
There is a new reason for truckers to worry about four-wheelers during the holidays, with a new survey showing aggressive driving is higher during this time of the year.
November 18, 2013
Two recalls, affecting nearly 1,700 Mack trucks have been issued, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
November 6, 2013
The time to plan how you’re going to respond at the scene of an accident is before you are involved in an accident. How a truck driver responds on the scene has a major impact on the outcome of any claims that may follow.
November 5, 2013
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Cherryville, N.C.-based trucking company, to immediately cease operations, declaring it to be an imminent hazard to public safety.
October 30, 2013
After successful beta testing, Origo has launched a distracted-driving-prevention device it first showed off a year ago. OrigoSafe is a new ignition interlock system that requires drivers to secure their phone in a docking station before their vehicle can start.
October 29, 2013
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 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
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
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.
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