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February 5, 2013

Accident Specialist Casts Doubt on Reliability of Police Reports

Police accident reports are not reliable enough to determine who’s at fault in truck crashes for the CSA safety enforcement system, according to an accident reconstruction specialist during a CSA advisory panel meeting Tuesday. Washington Editor Oliver B. Patton reports.

February 4, 2013

FMCSA Grants Exemptions to Hearing-Impaired Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted the first exemptions to rules for interstate commercial drivers when it comes to hearing standards.

January 28, 2013

Motor Carriers Make Adjustments While CSA is Fine-Tuned

In December, the FMCSA made good on its commitment to Congress to install refinements to the CSA initiative by implementing 11 changes to the Safety Measurement System. J.J. Keller's Bob Rose has more details.

January 24, 2013

MCSAC Subcommittee Will Hold Third Meeting on CSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a meeting of its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's subcommittee on the Compliance Safety and Accountability program on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 5 and 6

January 10, 2013

FMCSA Releases Safety Management Cycle Resources

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released new materials to assist motor carriers in identifying and addressing their safety and compliance issues. These materials include the Safety Management Cycle, an important tool that Agency Safety Investigators use during on-site investigations.

January 9, 2013

Safety & Compliance Seminars for Fleet Professionals Offered in 24 Cities

Idealease Inc., in partnership with the National Private Truck Council will present safety and compliance seminars in 24 cities in the U.S. and Canada from February through March

January 8, 2013

CSA Changes Mean More Attention to Maintenance Items Than Ever

The latest revision to the way the federal government assesses fleet safety and compliance will mean the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC just got more important than ever

January 8, 2013

ATA Celebrates Safety Accomplishments, Commits to Further Action

There has been substantive progress on more than half of 20 critical steps necessary to further reduce highway crashes, according to a new progress report released by American Trucking Associations on its progressive safety agenda. The report comes four years after ATA released its list of safety priorities and called on policymakers to do more to make trucks and their workplace, America's roadways, safer

January 8, 2013

Troubleshooting Trailer Lights

One of the most common reasons for an officer to pull a driver over is for a faulty light. Below are some basic guidelines on how to troubleshoot some of the problems that may arise with a trailer lighting system

January 8, 2013

Technology: What if Cars and Trucks Could Talk to Each Other?

Imagine: A truck driver gets a signal on his dash, warning him that a car ahead that he cannot see has slammed on the brakes. Or that he's going too fast for the curve ahead/

January 6, 2013

Billboards, distraction and tax revenues

You don't need a PhD to recognize that bright flashing lights and changing images will grab drivers' attention. They are supposed to. But since drivers ought to be paying attention to things that are more pressing, why are these signs sprouting up everywhere?

December 27, 2012

3 Steps to a Better Culture: Improve CSA Compliance by Valuing Your Drivers

In my 38 years of involvement with highway safety, and even more recently as a safety consultant, I have observed a unique situation distinctive to safe and compliant companies: They value their employees by creating a safety culture

December 21, 2012

Recommendations Published on Container Yard Equipment Safety

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association, TT Club and ICHCA International have jointly published recommended minimum safety features for container yard equipment, identifying features and functional requirements to improve the safety of people, equipment and cargo

December 20, 2012

Electronics Thefts Lead September-November Cargo Thefts

The average value of stolen freight tracked by FreightWatch spiked 77.6% September through November from the previous three-month period, with high-value electronics bucking an overall trend of fewer thefts

December 18, 2012

Sleepsafe Drivers Adds SleepWorks Labs To Network

Sleepsafe Drivers, a national provider of sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment programs for the transportation industry, has added SleepWorks to its Sleep Provider Network, effective immediately

December 15, 2012

DOT Orders Two Dayes Trucking, Two Dayes Transport to Shut Down

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered Two Dayes Trucking and Two Dayes Transport, based in Murfreesboro, N.C., to immediately cease all transportation service

December 15, 2012

More than One in Four Americans to Take a Road Trip This Holiday Season

AAA projects 93.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays, an increase of 1.6% over the 91.8 million people who traveled last year.

December 11, 2012

NTSB Says Driver Inattention, Bad Brakes Led to Amtrak-Truck Collision

An inattentive driver and poorly maintained brakes, including antilock brakes that had been rendered inoperable, were the probable cause of a commercial truck hitting an Amtrak passenger train in the Nevada desert last summer, killing six and injuring 16, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday

December 11, 2012

2011 Highway Deaths Down, but Truck Occupant Deaths up 20%

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a new analysis showing that highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011, marking the lowest level since 1949 and a 1.9% decrease from the previous year. Large-truck fatalities, however, rose, with the number of large-truck occupants killed jumping by 20%

December 6, 2012

ATA White Paper Outlines Flaws in CSA Data

In a new white paper, the American Trucking Associations demonstrates how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's safety monitoring and measurement system, Compliance Safety Accountability, lacks sufficient data on the majority of the industry to render meaningful scores for most motor carriers

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