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April 20, 2000

Highway Speeds Up In Iowa, But Not Speed Limit

Average highway speeds are on the upswing in Iowa, as the state legislature is expected to adjourn soon without approving an increase in the state's speed limits

April 17, 2000

Mother Wins $50 Million Verdict Against Mack

A jury verdict against Mack Trucks calls for the engine company to pay $50 million to a woman whose son died while driving a Mack five years ago

April 17, 2000

Australia To Study Fatigue Monitoring

The federal government of Australia plans to fund a study of electronic monitoring devices for truck drivers to cut down on fatigue-related accidents

April 13, 2000

FMCSA Drops Accident Data Verification Program With TRALA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has discontinued a Data Verification Project with the Truck Renting and Leasing Assn.

April 13, 2000

OSHA Rethinking Wheel Chock Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is re-evaluating a recent decision to enforce wheel chock rules

April 11, 2000

Wrongly Accused

"Wrongly Accused: Contrary to popular opinion, when cars and heavy trucks collide, the passenger vehicle is usually to blame, a U-M study shows." This is not news to the trucking industry, but it was great to see

April 11, 2000

It's a Squeeze in Virginia

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, VA reports that overheight trucks are being stopped with increasing frequency. In 1999, more than 13,000 were turned away before they could get into three area tunnels - a jump of 47%

April 10, 2000

Connecticut Says Campaign Reduced Rollovers

Connecticut police are calling a safety crackdown targeting truckers a success, saying it reduced tractor-trailer rollovers and generated $116,000 in fines

April 6, 2000

Safety Groups Concerned About New Canadian Hours Rules

Safety and consumer organizations in the United States expressed concern about the safety of new Canadian standards that will allow truckers to drive 14 hours in a shift and 84 hours in a week

April 5, 2000

West Virginia Truck Inspections Hit All-Time High

Inspections of commercial vehicles reached an all-time high in West Virginia last year, with nearly 23,000 inspected

April 4, 2000

400 Trucking and Warehousing Companies On OSHA's Priority List

Over 400 companies in trucking or related business may soon get a special visit from OSHA safety inspectors. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration last week notified some 13,000 businesses that their work related accident and illness rates were too high and corrective action would have to be taken.

April 3, 2000

Highway Deaths Down In 1999

Highway deaths dropped in 1999, including fatalities in crashes involving large trucks, Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater announced Monday

March 29, 2000

Oregon Adds Two Fleets to Green Light Program

Oregon-based carriers USF Reddaway and May Trucking Co. have signed on with the state's Green Light program and have qualified for ODOT’s Trusted Carrier Partner program.

March 28, 2000

Missouri Officials Unhappy About Nuclear Waste Route

A single truckload of nuclear waste scheduled to pass through Missouri on I-70 this summer has state officials upset

March 20, 2000

Feds Provide Few Solutions To High Fuel Prices

Roadway Express Accused Of Sexual/Racial Discrimination Another Truck Making Merger Could Be In The Works

March 17, 2000

Van Lines Receive Safety Awards

The American Moving and Storage Assn. has recognized six van lines and independent moving companies in the seventh annual AMSA Moving Industry Safety Awards program.

March 17, 2000

Training Module Promotes Safety at Railroad Crossings

Operation Lifesaver and its safety partners, including the American Trucking Assns., have developed a new truck driver safety video and training module

March 16, 2000

More Evidence on the Impact of Fatigue

Fatigue has been a hot issue for the trucking industry lately. Now, for the first time, researchers have been able to take a direct accounting of the mental toll exacted by a sleepless night, reports the

March 14, 2000

Shipper Found Liable in Crash That Took Driver's Leg

A Philadelphia jury last week awarded a shipper to pay $3.5 million to a truck driver who lost a leg when his tractor/trailer flipped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed head-on into another truck because its load of steel cables was improperly loaded by the shipper.

March 13, 2000

Truck Ignites: Lightning Suspected

Lightning may have sparked a fire that consumed the cab of a Horseless Carriage tractor-trailer along Interstate 20 near Arlington, TX on Friday.

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