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July 24, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans Upgrades to CSA Safety Data Website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is implementing a number of changes designed to improve the Safety Measurement System website, some in response to industry feedback.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, CSA, SMS, Regulations

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Idaho Speed Limits Moving Higher Following Delay

Following a review of engineering and traffic safety reports, the Idaho Transportation Board approved a plan on Friday to increase the speed limit on selected rural sections of interstates in southern and eastern Idaho in early August.

Tags: Safety, Idaho, Safety & Compliance, Speed Limits

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

80-mph Speed Limit Coming to Nearly 500 Miles of Wyoming Roadways

Truck drivers and car drivers, along with anyone in between, will soon be able to legally drive up to 80 mph on 488 miles of rural interstate highway in Wyoming.

Tags: Wyoming, Speed Limits, Safety, Safety & Compliance

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Christopher Hart Nominated as NTSB Chairman

Hart faces confirmation by the Senate to fill the position left open when Deborah Hersman left earlier this year to lead the National Safety Council. During Hersman’s tenure, NTSB has been active in promoting truck safety in numerous ways ranging from electronic logs to distracted driving to parking.

Tags: Safety, NTSB, National Transportation Safety Board, Safety & Compliance, People

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Debuts Transit's Five-Row Side-Curtain Air Bag

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The 2015 Ford Transit 15-passenger wagon will offer the automotive industry’s only five-row side-curtain airbag – the largest in any Ford vehicle.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Air Bags, 2015-MY, Safety, TRW Automotive

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Some Idaho Speed Limits Moving Higher on July 1

Drivers in Idaho will see the first change to interstate speed limits in nearly two decades beginning July 1 with an increase on most rural stretches of interstate across Southern Idaho, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

Tags: Safety, Idaho, Safety & Compliance, Speed Limits

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Vehicle Crashes Cost $871 Billion

Photo: Via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday released a new study about the economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States.

Tags: Accidents, Safety, Research, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Bill Would Set National Liability Standard for Shippers, Brokers

Several House Republicans are proposing a national standard to protect buyers of trucking services from claims that they were negligent when selecting the carrier. The bill by Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., says that shippers and brokers would not be liable for negligence claims at the state level if they made sure that the carrier is registered at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has the required insurance and does not have an unsatisfactory safety rating.

Tags: FMCSA, Liability, TIA, Highway Bill, Safety, Congress, Legislation, Shippers, Brokers

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference to Feature Heavy-Duty Truck Sessions

This year's Fleet Safety Conference, July 22-23 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature sessions aimed at heavy-duty truck fleets, such as what you don't know about truck inspections and an update on hours of service and electronic logs.

Tags: Safety, inspections, HOS, Events, ELDs

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Defense Department Needs to Step Up Hazmat Controls, GAO Says

The Department of Defense needs to do a better job handling hazardous materials, says the Government Accountability Office. Hazmat shipments have been improperly documented and packaged, leading to delays and risks to safety and national security, the watchdog agency found.

Tags: FMCSA, Department of Defense, Hazmat, Government Accountability Office, Safety, Safety & Compliance

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

CNG Vehicles Affected by Fuel Tank Pressure Relief Valve Recall

Certain pressure relief valves for use on compressed natural gas fuel tanks are being recalled by Circor, which does business as Circle Seal Controls. The affected valves have O-rings that could fail after being exposed to cold temperatures, allowing natural gas to leak from the fuel tank.

Tags: Safety, Natural Gas Vehicles, Recalls, NHTSA, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG, Circle Seal Controls

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Commerce Schedules Highway Hearing

Work on the highway bill continues next week with a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on safety policy. The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation will convene Tuesday, June 3 to take testimony on “The Safety and Effectiveness of our Transportation Systems.” Witnesses have not yet been named.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Senate, Highway Bill, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Congress, Legislation

May 27, 2014 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for Mack, Navistar, Autocar Trucks

Mack Trucks is recalling a little more than 44,000 trucks due to a possible failure of the hazard warning lights. This includes the following trucks, manufactured Feb. 28, 2006 through Nov. 8, 2013, and equipped Hamsar Electronic Flasher: 2010-2014 CHU, CXU, and MRU; 2007 CT and CV; 2008-2014 GU; and 2011-2014 LEU, and TD.

Tags: Safety, Navistar, Mack Trucks, Recalls, Autocar, NHTSA

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Increased Cargo Thefts, Traffic, Highway Deaths Come with Memorial Day Holiday

AAA projects 36.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5% increase from last year, with more than eight in 10 driving to their destinations.

Tags: Security, AAA, Safety, Traffic Congestion, National Safety Council, Crash-Related Injuries, Highways, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Skilled Driver Saves Semi from Being Blown Over

A driver was caught on video recently in a hair-raising battle with a prairie wind. And this time the driver won.

Tags: Drivers, Rollovers, Accidents, Safety

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

Survey: 1 in 3 Four-Wheelers Admit to Driving Wrong Way on One-Way Streets

Most any truck driver will testify they have seen a number of unusual to downright dangerous things done by four-wheelers during their time on the road, but a new non-scientific survey shows just how often peoople engage in some driving flubs.

Tags: Safety, Highways

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA: Test Shows Significant Safety Benefit from Electronic Logs

Trucks equipped with electronic driver logs have significantly lower crash rates than those without, according to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration test.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, ELDs, Electronic Logging Devices, Research, CVSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

Superior Carriers Awarded NTTC Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy

National Tank Truck Carriers announced that Superior Carriers, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, won the coveted Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy in the 2013 calendar year safety competition.

Tags: Safety, Awards, NTTC, Superior Carriers

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

Study: Distracted Driving a Growing Problem Along Part of I-95

A new report shows distracted driving is a growing problem along a section of one of America’s most heavily travelled routes.

Tags: Texting, Safety, Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, I-95, Interstate 95

April 29, 2014 - Industry News

CSA Update: Crash Accountability Study Is Coming

Some time soon the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will go public with its analysis of how to account for fault in the crash data it uses to assess carrier safety performance. Joe DeLorenzo, director of the agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, said the agency is preparing a report to Congress and a Federal Register notice.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, CSA, Safety & Compliance, Drivers, Regulations

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Whistleblower Truck Driver Reinstated; Back Pay, Damages Owed

The Occupational Safety Health Administration has ordered an Iowa company to reinstate a truck driver and pay him damages after he was fired for raising safety concerns.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Safety, Iowa

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

$4.1 Verdict Against R&L Carriers in Texas Crash

A 41-year-old Mississippi woman, seriously injured when her pick-up truck rolled over, after it was rear-ended by an 18-wheel tractor-trailer driver on a Texas interstate highway in 2011, was awarded $4.1 million by a Dallas, Texas jury.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, Safety, Texas, Fleets, Litigation, I-20, Interstate 20, R&L Carriers

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

NPTC Announces Safety Award Winners

The National Private Truck Council recognized those fleet members who continue to elevate safety performance during the group’s Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Safety, NPTC

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

NPTC Honors 4 Drivers for Long, Safe Careers

NPTC feted Hall of Fame drivers and their wives at its convention this week. From left: Tina and Roger Herron, Janet and Bob Purcell, Deb and Ray Sanderson, and Maizelette and Nathan Tandel.

CINCINNATI -- "Love of family" and belief in the Golden Rule are common among industry veterans feted by private fleet group.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety, Safety, Private Fleets, NPTC

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Sen. Durbin Seeks Review of FMCSA Investigative Practices

Sen. Dick Durban, D-Ill., asked the Transportation Department’s Inspector General to review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices. The agency dropped the ball on an investigation of a carrier that later was involved in a fatal crash, Durbin said in his April 9 letter to IG Calvin Scovel.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

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