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October 10, 2017 - Industry News

NHTSA: Highway Deaths Rise Again, Including Those Involving Trucks

Photo: FMCSA

The latest traffic crash data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in calendar year 2016 – marking a significant increase of 5.6% over the same period in 2015.

Tags: Safety, Highway Safety, Highway Fatalities, NHTSA, Safety & Compliance

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Appointee Sworn In as NTSB Chairman

Robert L. Sumwalt III (left) sworn in as the National Transportation Safety Board’s 14th Chairman during a brief ceremony held at NTSB headquarters on August 10, 2017. NTSB Board Member Bella T. Dinh-Zarr (center) NTSB Acting Managing Director Dennis Jones (right). Photo: NTSB

Robert L. Sumwalt III was sworn in as the National Transportation Safety Board’s 14th chairman for a two-year term following his nomination by President Donald Trump.

Tags: Highway Safety, Leadership, NTSB, People, Donald Trump

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Joins ‘Our Roads, Our Safety’ Outreach Program

American Trucking Associations has joined the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, AAA, and the American Bus Association, to unveil the Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership, aimed at reducing highway fatalities.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Safety, ATA, Share the Road

March 29, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Driver Input on Key Industry Issues

The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking driver perspectives on a number of top industry issues through an online survey.

Tags: Highway Safety, Survey, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Infrastructure Funding

November 15, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB Updates 'Most Wanted List' of Safety Improvements

Image: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board’s latest “Most Wanted List” of safety improvements contains no big surprises compared to the one issued last year.

Tags: Highway Safety, NTSB

September 14, 2016 - Industry News

Connected Vehicle Program Could Improve Safety on I-80 in Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has been awarded a federal grant to continue a unique connected vehicle program on the Interstate 80 corridor aimed at improving commercial truck safety.

Tags: Grant Funding, Connected Vehicle Technology, Wyoming, Interstate 80, Driver Safety, Highway Safety

September 1, 2016 - Industry News

Share the Road Rolls Out Comprehensive Truck Safety Video

The American Trucking Associations and its Share the Road highway-safety program has launched the "Share the Road Instructional Video" to demonstrate safe-driving techniques ahead of the busy Labor Day weekend.

Tags: Highway Safety, ATA, Share the Road

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Advocates Slam NHTSA for Pushing “Robot Car Technology”

Still from YouTube video of Tesla S owner using autopilot mode

The National Highway Traffic Administration should stop pushing the adoption of “robot car technology” until more testing is done and enforceable safety standards are promulgated, according to a July 28 letter sent by three advocacy groups to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind.

Tags: Highway Safety, Tesla, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

July 5, 2016 - Industry News

NHTSA: Traffic Deaths Up 7.7%

Image: Minnesota DOT; photo by Julie Bottolfson

Preliminary data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on July 1 shows a 7.7% rise in motor-vehicle traffic deaths last year. NHTSA said an estimated 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.

Tags: Highway Safety, Highway Fatalities, NHTSA

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB: Cut Impaired, Distracted, Fatigued Driving

Image: NTSB

NTSB's new “Most Wanted List” of safety improvements stresses the continuing need to reduce accidents caused by drivers who are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs as well as those who are distracted or fatigued.

Tags: Driver Safety, Highway Safety, NTSB

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance: Senate Should Ditch Funding Riders that “Compromise Safety”

Photo: The Trucking Alliance

The Trucking Alliance is urging the Senate to reject riders to the funding bill that “would compromise truck safety” by reducing funding for certain truck-safety programs and for infrastructure improvements.

Tags: Driver Safety, Highway Safety, Highway Funding

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Issues Truck Electronic-Stability Rule

Outrigger-equipped for test-track safety, a rig demonstrates what happens when its electronic-stability control (ESC) system is not activated.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued its long-awaited final rule to require electronic stability control (ESC) systems on Class 7-8 trucks and large buses.

Tags: Highway Safety, Electronic Stability Control, NHTSA

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, CSA

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio Lawmakers Scrap Highway Speed Limit Increase

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Ohio Lawmakers scrapped a proposal to raise highway speed limits to 75 mph that was opposed by the trucking industry, according to a report from Cleveland.com.

Tags: Legislation, Ohio, Speed Limiter, Speed Limits, Highway Safety

March 27, 2015 - Industry News

Technology's Promise Paying Off, Says Volvo Group CEO

Volvo CEO Olof Persson keynoting HDMA Briefing at MATS. Photo by Paul Hartley courtesy HDMA

In his keynote address at the annual HDMA Briefing Breakfast at the Mid-America Trucking Show Friday morning, Persson sketched out the top trends in transportation regarding highway safety, environmental sustainability, and technology.

Tags: Emissions, Highway Safety, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Connected Vehicle Technology, Mid-America Trucking Show, Powertrain Integration

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Urged to Mandate Truck Crash Avoidance Technology

Photo: Jim Park

Highway-safety lobbies have petitioned the NHTSA to require forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems on all new trucks and buses rated at 10,000 pounds or more GVW.

Tags: Highway Safety, Collision Avoidance Technology, NHTSA

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