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May 1, 2015 - Industry News

Bakery Fleet Boosts Safety with SmartDrive Video System

Diagram of feedback loop for video-based safety program. Image: SmartDrive Systems

Within the first three weeks after it deployed the SmartDrive Systems video-based driver safety program, Mid South Baking Company boosted its internal safety score by 68%.

Tags: Driver Safety, Technology, In-Vehicle Video, SmartDrive Systems

April 30, 2015 - Product News

Seeing Machines Launches Vision-Based Accident Avoidance

The moment an accident threat is detected, new system alerts the driver and monitoring staff through in-vehicle alarms and seat vibrations. Image: Seeing Machines

Seeing Machines has announced the U.S. launch of Seeing Machines Fleet, an accident-avoidance solution that helps truck drivers and fleet operators better manage fatigue and distraction events in real time

Tags: Driver Safety, Accident Prevention, Distracted Driving, Fatigue

April 23, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA May Reward Carriers for Going Beyond Safety Regs

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on its potential development of a program that would take into consideration a motor carrier’s “proactive voluntary implementation of state-of-the-art best practices and technologies” when evaluating the company’s safety program.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Highway Safety, Safety, CSA

April 13, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Provides Safety Tips for Distracted Driving Month

The American Trucking Associations is urging motorists to put cell phones away and focus on safe driving behind the wheel as part of National Distracted Driving Month.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, Distracted Driving, America's Road Team

April 9, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders S.C. Trucking Company Shut Down

Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Association declared Darlington, S.C.-based trucking company Carnell Pompey to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered it to immediately shut down.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Regulations, Driver Safety

April 3, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hike Fines on June 2

Many FMSCA fines will go up on June 2.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today published an adjusted schedule of civil penalties for violating federal safety rules. FMCSA said the changes will take effect on June 2.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, Out of Service Violations

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Drugged Driving

The FMCSA declared driver Robert Lee Turner an imminent hazard after he struck an officer at the Port of Savannah and was subsequently charged with driving while under the influence.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Drugged Driving, Alcohol Testing

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Under Pressure to Change CSA Scoring

The ATA urged the FMCSA to make common sense changes to the CSA scoring following re-introduced legislation from Congress addressing the same issue.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Legislation, ATA, CSA

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

MCSAC Public Meeting on Awarding Credit for Safety Programs

The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will hold a two-day public meeting later this month on how to “credit carriers and drivers who initiate and establish programs that promote safety beyond the standards established in FMCSA regulations."

Tags: Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, FMSCA

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

National Fleet Safety Winners Named At TCA Convention

Photo courtesy of TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association named FTC Transportation of Oklahoma City and Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba as the two grand prize winners of its National Fleet Safety Award.

Tags: Driver Safety, TCA, National Fleet Safety Awards

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Oakley Transportation Names New Safety Director

Kelly McDowell, Director of Safety and Compliance at Oakley Transportation Group. Photo courtesy of Oakley

Oakley Transportation Group has named Kelly L. McDowell its new Director of Safety and Compliance. He will be charged with integrating safety programs within every section of the company.

Tags: Driver Safety, Leadership, Safety & Compliance, People

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Seeks Out Safest Fleets

Volvo Trucks is seeking entries for the Volvo Trucks Safety Award which recognizes two fleets with the safest driving records and top safety programs.

Tags: Driver Safety, Volvo Trucks, Fleet Safety, Awards, ATA MC&E

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Named Highway Angel for Pulling Man from Burning Car

For rescuing an unconscious man from a burning car the Truckload Carriers Association named escort driver Joe Bearce a Highway Angel.

Tags: Driver Safety, Escort, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

February 5, 2015 - Industry News

VTTI Tasked with HOS Restart Study

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is heading the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s study of the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours of Service rule for truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, HOS, 34-Hour Restart

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Announces America’s Road Team Finalists

Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations announced the 31 finalists in the running to be named Captains of the 2015-2016 America’s Road Team. Judges will decide the winners on January 13th.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, Awards, America's Road Team

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Announces Fleet Safety Division Winners

The Truckload Carriers Association announced 18 division winners for its 2014 National Fleet Safety Awards.

Tags: Driver Safety, Awards, Fleet Safety Award, TCA, Truckload Carriers Association

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Army Veteran Named Pilot Flying J’s 2014 Road Warrior

Road Warrior Kyle Cones, his wife, Brittney, and dog, Daisy: Photo: Pilot Flying J.

Pilot Flying J named Kyle Cones as its 2014 Road Warrior winner. Cones is a U.S. Army veteran and driver for Pride Transport. He will receive a $10,000 check for winning the award.

Tags: Driver Safety, Awards, Pilot Flying J, Road Warrior

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

CVSA Seeks Nominations For Driver Excellence Award

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is asking for nominations for the International Driver Excellence Award.

Tags: Driver Safety, International, Awards, CVSA

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

C.R. England Seeks Driver Training Exemption

C.R. England is asking for a rule exemption to improve its driver training process.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, C.R. England, Regulations, Driver Safety

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Frito-Lay Recognizes Million Mile Safe Drivers

Frito-Lay North America recognized 106 over-the-road drivers in the U.S. and Canada who have driven more than 1 million accident-free miles. This year, six drivers reached more than 3 million accident-free miles and 24 drove more than 2 million.

Tags: Driver Safety, Accident Prevention, Driver Training, Million Mile Club, Frito-Lay North America

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

AT&T App Limits Driver Mobile Phone Use

74 percent of those polled are aware that texting and driving is dangerous, but still do it. Photo via Wikipedia Commons.

AT&T has introduced an iOS version of its DriveMode mobile app to limit a driver's ability to use a smart phones while driving. The app silences incoming text message alerts when the driver is going faster than 15 mph.

Tags: Driver Safety, AT&T, Mobile Apps

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Art Contest Promotes Seatbelt Safety

Photo via FMCSA

The FMCSA is accepting submissions for its 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest to promote safety belt use. The contest is open to children from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Seat Belts, Contest, U.S. DOT

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants Stricter Prescription Narcotics Restrictions

Truck drivers who use prescribed narcotics should not be allowed to drive, say the doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That could mean changes in driver medical exams.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, MCSAC, Medical Examiners, Medications, Driver Health, Regulations

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Finalists Selected for America’s Road Team

America's Road Team Truck: Photo by Volvo.

American Trucking Associations named 32 professional truck drivers as finalists for the 2015 America’s Road Team captains. America’s Road Team is a group of drivers with good safety records picked to represent the trucking industry.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, America's Road Team

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Honors 2014 Safety Award Winners

(L-R): Mike Cain, Michelin vice president of original equipment; Mark Seymour, president of Kriska Holdings; Denise Elliot, safety manager, Kriska Holdings; Senta Brookshire, director of safety and driver development, Britton Transport; Jim Stockeland, president of Britton Transport; and Gӧran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American sales and marketing. Photo by Stephane Babcock

SAN DIEGO -- Volvo Trucks announced its 2014 Safety Awards winners on the exhibit hall floor of this year’s American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Driver Safety, Volvo Trucks, ATA MC&E

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