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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

December 2, 2012

FMCSA Orders Truck Driver to Stop Operating

A truck driver who admitted to losing consciousness before hitting and killing an Illinois state trooper has been ordered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to stop driving immediately because he failed to disclose a disqualifying medical condition during his DOT physical

November 19, 2012

Police sirens, Quiet-Zone crossing could be factors in Texas truck-train tragedy

Many thoughts went through my head when I first heard about the tragic train-truck collision in Midland, Texas, on Nov. 15: Oh, those poor military guys and their families! How could this happen? How could the truck driver mess up like this?

November 16, 2012

East Improves Optional Integrated Stairway for Flatbed Trailers

To provide a simpler, easier and safer entrance to and exit from the flatbed deck, East Manufacturing first introduced an optional integrated stairway a few years ago. Now East has improved this option by adding a locking door enclosur

November 14, 2012

NTSB'S Most Wanted List Includes Mandatory Collision Avoidance, Aims at Distracted Driving

The National Transportation Safety Board released its 2013 Most Wanted List, with six of the 10 issues focusing on highway travel. Particular priorities of interest to the trucking industry include mandating vehicle collision avoidance technology, preserving the transportation infrastructure, and eliminating distracted and impaired driving

November 13, 2012

FreightWatch Notes an Increase in Theft of Meat

According to a special report from FreightWatch, the price of beef, pork and chicken (meats) in the United States has increased substantially since the second quarter of 2010, driving up thefts of meat products in FreightWatch's Food/Drinks category

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