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October 22, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

Driver of this trash truck said he didn’t hear the train’s horn, but investigators said he had just gotten a phone call and failed to stop, look and listen. Photo from the NTSB report.

Truck drivers should not use hands-free phones while driving, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The Board’s recommendation was one of several changes it wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make in the wake of a 2013 truck-train crash that caused a derailment, hazmat fire and explosion.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, NTSB, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Regulations, Congress, Safety & Compliance, Driver Health, U.S. Congress

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Haz-Mat Carrier Loses FMCSA Appeal

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has upheld an emergency restriction order placed on National Distribution Inc.'s cargo tanks by the FMCSA.

Tags: FMCSA, Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Tankers, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Enforcement Hot Zones Affect National CSA Scores

Exposure to enforcement hot-spots can skew your CSA scores. There may not be much you can do to influence local enforcement priorities, but you can take steps to eliminate the violations at the source.

Tags: CSA, Vigillo, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Walmart Blames Tracy Morgan for Failing to Wear Seat Belt

Comedian Tracy Morgan in 2009. Photo: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons.

In a response to a lawsuit against Walmart related to an accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan and a Walmart tractor trailer, Walmart stated that Morgan and the other passengers involved in the crash disregarded their own safety by choosing not to wearing seat belts.

Tags: Seat Belts, Fatigue, Accidents, Walmart, Litigation, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

September 29, 2014 - Product News

Mack, Telogis Activate New Compliance, Navigation Services Using Telemetry

Drivers can get continually updated road condition information through Telogis Navigation.

The new services enhance operations, reduce costs and increase safety for customers, and eliminate the need for aftermarket hardware purchases and installation costs for Macks built recently.

Tags: telematics, Navigation System, Telogis, Mack Trucks, Safety & Compliance, Information Technology

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Truck-Bus Crash Kills 4, Driver Says He Was Distracted

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a tractor-trailer bus crash that happened Friday evening, killing four people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Tags: Accidents, Oklahoma, Interstate 35, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Congressman Offers Bill to Shield CSA Data

The industry’s effort to shut off public access to truck safety data continues with a proposal by Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., to temporarily shield the information. The Safer Trucks and Buses Act says CSA data should not be available to the public.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, U.S. House, Legislation, Safety & Compliance

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Indicted for Making False Statements

Failing to disclose previous accidents has led to a truck driver facing federal charges. Arnold Williams was indicted for false statements on a commercial driver employment application, according to release from the U.S. Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Recruiting, Safety & Compliance

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Small Carrier Ordered Closed Following FMCSA Investigation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Grand Ridge, Florida-based trucking company to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing numerous widespread violations of critical safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Company Challenging FMCSA Out-of-Service Order

One trucking company is challenging an out-of-service order it received in August from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, following a fatal accident.

Tags: Maintenance, FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Parking Notification System to Go Nationwide

Truck Smart Parking Services Inc. and the infrastructure firm HNTB have struck a deal to take the Truck Parking Information and Management System nationwide.

Tags: HOS, Truck Parking, Drivers, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, Truckstops

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends New-Applicant Screening Test

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending its test of a new approach to screening new entrants into trucking. It also is adjusting how the screening process works.

Tags: FMCSA, New Entrants, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Household Movers Seek Exemption to 14-Hour Rule

Household goods movers say driver need to be able to drive from a delivery to a safe parking spot even if it's past the 14-hour window. Photo: Atlas Van Lines

Household goods movers represented by the American Moving and Storage Association are asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption to one part of hours of service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, American Moving & Storage Association, Household Goods Movers

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Big Judgement Against Carrier Over Deadly 2011 Nevada Train Crash

A jury decided a civil case on Friday that pitted the nation’s passenger rail service against one trucking company, with the fleet having to pay more than $4.5 million in damages, according to Courthouse News Service.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, NTSB, Nevada, Railroads, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Installs DataQs Fix

Carriers and drivers can now get a violation removed from their CSA scores if a court has dismissed it. Under a system that went live August 23, carriers and drivers can submit proof of dismissal or a not-guilty finding through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s DataQs portal.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

August 20, 2014 - Industry News

Gaines Motor Lines Agrees to $262,500 Settlement Over Fired Drivers

The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement with Gaines Motor Lines and its owners that includes paying more than a quarter of a million dollars to resolve findings made by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Hours of Service, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Negotiate Driver Training Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking another swing at a driver training rule, this time suggesting negotiations to resolve details that sidelined an earlier proposal.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Drivers, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Company Fined Nearly $1 Million for Hours of Service Violations, Firings

OSHA says an asphalt paving company wrongfully terminated an unnamed foreman plus two unnamed truck drivers for raising safety concerns after being told to violate trucker hours of service regulations.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Roadcheck Results Differ Little From Last Year

The percentage of trucks put out of service during the three-day, continent-wide truck inspection blitz known as Roadcheck fell only slightly this year from 2013, while the driver figure edged higher.

Tags: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, inspections, Safety & Compliance, CVSA, Roadcheck, Roadside inspection

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Revised Rules Proposed for “Reverse Logistics” Hazmat Shipments

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has proposed revising hazardous materials regulations when it comes to return shipments of certain hazardous materials by motor vehicle.

Tags: Regulations, PHMSA, Safety & Compliance, Hazmat, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administra

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Small Fleet to Rehire Fired Trucker, Pay Back Wages

An Oregon trucker wrongly fired for refusing to drive an unsafe vehicle will get her job back, plus reimbursement for back wages and compensation for fees associated with the case, after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Set for September

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has designated September 7 through September 13 as Brake Safety Week, an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.

Tags: Drivers, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, inspections, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Safety & Compliance, CVSA

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Researcher Critical of Railroad Study on Truck Safety

A leading transportation researcher has characterized a report prepared for the railroad-funded Railway Supply Institute on the safety of larger trailers in trucking as fatally flawed.

Tags: Safety, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research, Safety & Compliance, Trailers, Longer Combination Vehicles, Railroads, UMTRI

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Two New PrePass Weigh Stations in Mississippi

Help Inc. opened two fully operational PrePass weigh stations in Mississippi on I-55, 20 miles south of Memphis.

Tags: Weigh Stations, Help Inc., PrePass, Mississippi, Enforcement, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

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