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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

November 9, 2012

NADA Offers Vehicle Owners Post-Hurricane Advice on Water-Damaged Vehicles

Heavy vehicle components that are submerged in contaminated floodwater as a result of the recent hurricanes may have sustained damage that includes, but is not limited to, rust and corrosion. The National Automobile Dealers Association is urging vehicle owners to take caution before trying to start or move a rain-soaked or flooded vehicle following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy

November 7, 2012

Link Discovered Between Driver Obesity and Crash Risk

A study has confirmed what many in trucking already believed -- that there's a direct connection between a truck driver's crash risk and his or her body mass index. Obese truckers, during their first two years on the road, are 43% to 55% more likely to be involved in a crash when compared against those truckers with a normal BMI

November 4, 2012

Trucker Honored for Helping Motorist with Medical Emergency

The Truckload Carriers Association named its latest Highway Angel: Pavel Kolacek of Thunder LLC, High Ridge, Mo. Kolacek, who is leased to Artur Express of St. Louis, Mo., is being recognized for helping a motorist who had a medical emergency

October 31, 2012

Washington State Chain Law Now in Effect

Beginning Nov. 1, Washington state law requires commercial vehicles and combinations of vehicles heavier than 10,000 pounds GVWR to carry sufficient tire chains

October 28, 2012

ARI Activates Emergency Fleet Hotline in Anticipation of Hurricane Sandy

ARI, a fleet services provider specializing in complex car and truck fleets, announced that it has activated its emergency hotline - 1-866-FLEET59 (1-866-353-3859) - in advance of Hurricane Sand

October 18, 2012

Using a Safety Program to Get the Best Rates in a Hard Market

With a hard market on the way for the insurance industry, it's more important now than ever to shore up your safety program (although developing a safety culture should always be a focus, no matter what the market conditions.

October 16, 2012

Operation Safe Driver Week Aims to Prevent Distracted Driving

During its annual Operation Safe mobilization effort the week of Oct. 14-20, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is calling on all drivers to reduce aggressive and distracted driving and save lives, with special attention to both commercial vehicle safety and sharing the road with commercial vehicles

October 9, 2012

Volvo Honors Safe Fleets

LAS VEGAS - Volvo Trucks honored two fleets with its 2012 Volvo Trucks Safety Award. Each recipient will receive $25,000 to be used toward safety-related activities

October 8, 2012

New ATA Paper Says Fatigued Driving Exaggerated

In a new white paper, American Trucking Associations sets the record straight about the involvement of fatigue in large truck crashes, saying anti-trucking industry interest groups wildly exaggerate its role in crashes

October 8, 2012

FMCSA Expands Pre-Employment Screening Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration introduced an expanded version of its Pre-Employment Screening Program, making it easier for more motor carrier companies, with the driver's consent, to access PSP records

October 6, 2012

New Trucking Alliance Bids for Leadership on Safety

The small group of trucking companies that agitated for mandatory electronic onboard recorders in the recent highway bill is on a mission to apply the same laser focus to a half-dozen additional safety initiatives, including mandatory speed limiters and improvements to drug and alcohol testing

September 27, 2012

Traffic Deaths up by 9% First Half of Year

U.S. traffic deaths jumped by 9% in the first six months of this year, with a total of 16,290 traffic deaths reported

September 24, 2012

NHTSA: Nearly 10% of Fatal Crashes Involved Distracted Driving

Distracted driving was cited as a contributing factor in nearly 10% of all fatal crashes in 2010, while that number nearly doubles (to 18%) for crashes where individuals were injured, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

September 18, 2012

FreightWatch Figures Show Cargo Theft Drop from Second Quarter

The summer months saw a drop in cargo thefts compared to the second quarter, but there was a slight increase in the theft of electronics, auto/parts and pharmaceuticals, according to numbers compiled by FreightWatch International

September 17, 2012

ATA Safety Management Council Announces 2012 Award Recipients

ATA's Safety Management Council announced its 2012 award winners at its Safety & Human Resources National Conference & Exhibition in Kansas City, Mo

September 14, 2012

NAFA Lends Support to Drive Safely Work Week

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety sponsors Drive Safely Work Week each year during the first week of October. NAFA Fleet Management Association is promoting the annual safety campaign, which takes place this year Oct. 1-5

September 9, 2012

Governors Safety Group Calls for Ban on Handheld Cell Phones

During its recent annual meeting, the Governors Highway Safety Association strengthened its policy positions regarding distracted driving and drugged driving, including calling for a ban on handheld cell phones for all drivers

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