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March 29, 2001

NTSB Calls for Safety Check of Haldex Automatic Slack Adjusters

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued advisory bulletins to other federal agencies, trucking associations, fleet operators and commercial vehicle safety inspectors to inspect automatic slack adjusters made by Haldex Brake Products Corp., Kansas City, Mo

March 29, 2001

Truck Crash Fatalities Drop in 2000

Truck-related fatalities dropped slightly in 2000, according to preliminary figures released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Transportation

March 28, 2001

Studying Driver Distraction

Ford Motor Co. is looking into how in-vehicle devices distract drivers, especially those that require the driver’s concentration

March 27, 2001

Scientists Warn of Sleep Apnea

British papers this week are touting the news that fat truck drivers are prone to falling asleep at the wheel. The culprit is sleep apnea, a disorder more common in older, overweight males - a common truck driver profile

March 20, 2001

Trucker in Bourbonnais Train Wreck Well Over the Legal Driving Limit

The truck driver involved in the fatal collision with an Amtrak train in Bourbonnais, Ill., two years ago had logged 30 hours without a break, investigators said

March 16, 2001

Split Speed Bill Up In Ohio

An Ohio bill to eliminate the state's split speed limit may go to committee vote this week

March 15, 2001

Bad Brakes Still Top Defect

Defective or poorly adjusted brakes continue to be the leading reason for removing trucks from North American highways, according to reports

March 14, 2001

Tennessee Truck Safety Program Gets Federal Attention

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sent its top officials to Tennessee this week to learn more about how that state safety program is successfully cutting truck-related fatalities.

March 13, 2001

Men Rule In Dangerous Driving

Although anecdotal evidence may suggest that women have caught up with, or possibly surpassed, men where dangerous driving is concerned, a new study makes it clear that, when it comes to behaving dumbly on the road,

March 4, 2001

Mid-West Truckers Assn. Honors Drivers

The Mid-West Truckers Assn. recently honored four drivers in its annual Safe & Courteous Driver award program

February 26, 2001

State Bills Focus on Cell Phone Use

At least 30 states are considering legislation to regulate the use of mobile phones behind the wheel, most commonly calling for hands-free devices

February 21, 2001

Radioactive Waste Shipments Travel Safely

Radioactive waste shipments to a New Mexico disposal site have an outstanding safety record, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

February 19, 2001

A Safety Message Worth Sharing

People who misuse alcohol or uses illegal drugs not only put themselves at risk, they also put their families and co-workers at risk. Such people become less productive at work, but more importantly, are more likely

February 15, 2001

British Trucker Gets Five Years for Mobile Phone-Related Crash

A British truck driver faces five years in prison after killing a man in a crash caused by the distraction of using a mobile phone

February 15, 2001

Keeping the Dirty Side Down

The highlight of last fall's meeting of The Maintenance Council was a day-long test-track demonstration of the latest braking and electronic stability-control technologies. The event showed trucking industry technical leaders the effectiveness of disc brakes and electronic braking control

February 8, 2001

Study Says Iowa Speed Limit Hike Would Be Unsafe

Opponents of a bill in the Iowa state legislature to raise the state’s speed limit say it could lead to 10 percent more highway death

January 30, 2001

Lane Awareness System Nixed By 3M

3M has given up the commercialization of its Lane Awareness System for snow removal operations

January 17, 2001

Bendix Air Dryer Problems Could Cause Low Brake Air Pressure

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is concerned that some defective Bendix air dryers could cause braking problems, but Bendix says it's been working on correcting the problem for more than a year and there's no risk of drivers losing their brakes. If drivers find air reservoirs are not pumping back up to their full pressure following brake applications, there may be a problem caused by a faulty air dryer cartridge or canister

January 14, 2001

J.B. Hunt Announces Fourth Quarter Million Mile Safe Drivers

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Lowell, Ark., recently honored its 2000 fourth quarter million mile safe drivers

January 11, 2001

Survey: Most Americans Support Limiting Trucker’s Driving Times

A recent survey conducted for the insurance industry shows that most Americans support shorter drive times for truckers and are willing to pay for it. According to a survey conducted by the Insurance Research Council, a majority of the public, 57 percent, believes that increasing from 10 to 12 the number of hours a truck driver is allowed to drive with no break is unsafe

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