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May 20, 2013

FMCSA Plans to Drop Driver Inspection Reports if no Defects

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to ease the regulatory burden on drivers by dropping the requirement that they file inspection reports even when there are no defects in the truck.

May 17, 2013

Aussies Deploy 'Water Wall' Tunnel Warning Technology

They've tried flashing lights, neon signs, low-impact barriers, but sometimes nothing seem to keep oversize trucks from squeezing into tunnels. Jim Park has more in his latest "On the Road" blog.

May 16, 2013

Regulatory Climate Explored at Zonar Conference

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a number of proposed rules scheduled for this summer, including establishing a drug and alcohol database, mandatory speed limiters and prohibiting driver coercion. However, proposals on electronic logs, entry-level driver training and safety fitness probably won't be unveiled as scheduled, according to a panel discussion May 15 during Zonar's inaugural user's conference.

May 15, 2013

Why is the DOT Taking so Long to Move on Hair Testing for Drugs?

The American Trucking Associations used the National Transportation Safety Board's stricter impaired-driving regulations as an opportunity to again push for the DOT to move forward on a process to allow motor carriers to collect hair samples for DOT-required drug testing in lieu of the currently mandated urine testing process.

May 8, 2013

Highways Are No Slaughterhouse

Slaughtered. The dictionary on my computer defines it as "kill (people or animals) in a cruel or violent way, typically in large numbers : innocent civilians are being slaughtered." The use of this word by the "Truck Safety Coalition" in the context of truck accidents is irresponsible and reprehensible.

May 7, 2013

Highway Fatalities Increase for the First Time in Several Years

A new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows highway fatalities in the United States increased last year 5.3% from 2011, reversing several years of annual declines.

April 26, 2013

DOT to Host Webinar on Truck Navigation Systems

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Trucking Industry Mobility & Technology Coalition will sponsor a free webinar on the benefits and consequences of GPS navigation systems used by commercial drivers.

April 25, 2013

Study: Most Distracted CV Drivers Are Distracted During Risky Maneuvers

The top 5% distracted drivers of commercial vehicles are distracted 79% of the time during risky driving maneuver. That's nearly six times more often than the rest of the drivers, according to the initial results of the SmartDrive Distracted Driving Index study, which explores the distracted driving rate of commercial fleets.

April 24, 2013

Montana Officials Nab More Trucks with 360SmartView Inspection System

Data collected by the Montana Department of Transportation using the 360SmartView truck safety screening system show significant results from focusing limited enforcement resources on trucks that are out of compliance with safety and credential requirements.

April 23, 2013

Hands-Free Texting Isn’t Safer According to New Study

Efforts by federal officials prohibiting all interstate and haz-mat truckers from texting while driving, along with many state having such laws for all drivers, may do little for safety on the roadway, based on new research.

April 22, 2013

Wisconsin Bill Would Encourage Drivers to Slow Down Around Garbage Trucks

Inspired by a sanitation worker who lost his leg in an accident, two Wisconsin legislators introduced legislation designed to get other drivers to drive more carefully around garbage trucks.

April 10, 2013

Distracted Driving: Daydreaming Worse than Cell Phones

April is Distracted Driving Month, and research by Erie Insurance shows that daydreaming, or being "lost in thought," is far worse than cell phone use when it comes to distracted-driving crashes, Deborah Lockridge reports in her "All That's Trucking Blog."

April 5, 2013

Next on the Distracted-Driving Hit List: Google Glass?

I'm wondering, has Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood seen this video showing how the new Google Glass product is supposed to work? Because I'm pretty sure he might have something to say about Google Glass and distracted driving.

March 12, 2013

5 Must-Have Tools for Your Tire Shop

Changing truck tires isn't rocket science. Since tire service isn't cheap, it's not uncommon to find smaller fleets and even some bigger ones doing their own tire maintenance. But safety needs to be the priority in any shop.

March 11, 2013

Whaddya Think of Those Canucks, Eh?

For the second time, two Canadian truckload fleets earned top honors in the Truckload Carriers Association National (maybe it should be International?) Fleet Safety Awards. In his "On the Road" blog, Jim Park muses on whether Canadian truckers have a leg up in safety, despite longer work days and bigger rigs.

March 11, 2013

Bendix Makes Tire Inflation Info Available Via Web

The SmarTire tire pressure monitoring system from Bendix now offers trailer wheel-end monitoring and integration with Bendix’s SafetyDirect system, allowing fleet managers to view tire pressure or temperature information remotely.

February 20, 2013

Winners Named in TCA’s 2012 National Fleet Safety Awards

The Truckload Carriers Association has selected 18 companies as division winners in its 37th annual National Fleet Safety Awards.

February 18, 2013

DOT Orders California Driver to Cease Operating

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered a California-based truck driver to cease operating after he was cited for numerous egregious violations of federal regulations, the most recent involving being arrested for intoxicated driving.

February 7, 2013

ATA Renews Call for FMCSA to Implement Crash Accountability

The American Trucking Associations reiterated its call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to immediately establish a process to remove from motor carriers’ records crashes where it was plainly evident that the carrier was not to blame.

February 7, 2013

States Looking At Higher Speed Limits

Following a bold move by Texas last year authorizing speed limits as high as 85 mph along certain roads, more states are jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to puttin’ the hammer down.

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