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May 1, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB Report Finds Value in On-Board Video Systems

Photo via MiX Telematics

An NTSB report has concluded that on-board video systems can “provide valuable information for evaluating the circumstances leading to a crash,” if the cameras are positioned properly and if the systems are adequate for recording in low light.

Tags: Technology, Safety, Video Event Recorders, In-Vehicle Video, NTSB

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 15, 2015 - Industry News

CVSA Sets Annual Roadcheck for Early June

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that its 28th annual International Roadcheck will take place from June 2 to 4.

Tags: Safety, Vehicle Inspection, CVSA, Roadcheck

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix Hits Billion Dollar Sales Mark

Photo: Bendix

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems surpassed $1 billion in sales during 2014, marking a first for the company.

Tags: Sales, Bendix, Brakes, Wheel Ends, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, Safety

March 11, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Struck By Amtrak Had An Oversized Load

Image via ABC News video.

Improperly followed procedures involving a truck carrying an oversized load may have contributed to the train crash in North Carolina earlier this week, according to a news report from the Associated Press.

Tags: Safety, Collision, Railroads, Oversize Loads, Grade Crossing Accidents

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Safety Managers Talk Improving Safety with Technology

Photo via Omnitracs

Participants in a panel at the Omnitracs Outlook User Conference shared some of the ways they have used technology to improve their CSA scores and overall safety performance.

Tags: CSA, Omnitracs, Safety, Information Technology, E-logs

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Help Train Police on Truck Traffic Enforcement

Photo via Police Mag

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon launch a national program to train police officers in traffic enforcement for large trucks. The agency worked with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance on a curriculum covering the basics of truck safety enforcement.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Traffic Violations, CVSA

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Offers States $30 Million in Safety Grants

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced the availability of $30 million in state grants aimed at assisting states in improving transportation safety by modernizing their technology infrastructure.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Department of Transportation, Federal Grants, Enforcement

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Brake Defects Up in CVSA's September Inspection Blitz

File photo courtesy Kentucky State Police.

Bad components and adjustment caused inspectors to place a higher percentage of trucks out of service during 2014's Brake Safety Week than during the '13 event, says the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Tags: Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA, Safety, inspections

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

RTA Bets $100 on Retread Challenge

The Retread Tire Association announced that it would donate $100 to back up the company’s Retread Challenge, which is meant to prove the safety of tire retreads.

Tags: Safety, Retreads, Retread Tire Association

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Overall Traffic Deaths Decline, Truck-Involved Fatalities Edge Higher

The number of overall traffic fatalities in the U.S. declined in 2013 from the year before while those involving commercial trucks turned just slightly higher, according to newly released figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Research, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities, Crash-Related Injuries, Safety & Compliance, NHTSA

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Trucking Injury Rates, Costs Among Highest in Washington State

Truck drivers have some of the highest rates of workplace injuries in Washington State, according to a new report from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Washington, Workers' Compensation, Fatalities, Personal Injury

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Tennessee Bans Trucks from 'The Dragon'

Vehicles longer than 30 feet, including trucks, will soon be banned from a mountainous section of eastern Tennessee roadway, due to a high number of crashes over a three-year period.

Tags: Safety, Tennessee, Highways

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Thanksgiving Travel Expected to be Highest Since 2007

Graphic: AAA Travel

More than 46 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with most of them taking to the highways, according to a forecast from AAA Travel.

Tags: Safety, Highways, Holiday Travel, Holiday Driving

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Gives Out Awards for Safety Efforts

The American Trucking Association’s Safety Management Council honored fleets, safety professionals and a state association at the annual Safety and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Safety, ATA, Awards, Safety Management Council

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Carrier Input On Detention Survey

ATRI is looking for carrier input through its latest survey on detention time and the impact it has on industry safety and productivity,

Tags: Safety, Survey, ATRI, Detention Pay, Productivity

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for More Than 3,000 Volvo Trucks

Two recalls have been issued for Volvo trucks. One involves disc brake problems on VAH, VNL, and VNM model trucks; a smaller recall affects D16 engines in VNL and VNX models.

Tags: Safety, Volvo Trucks, Recalls, NHTSA, Brakes, Engines

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Hits Carrier with $43,000 in Fines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a solid waste removal trucking company for five safety and health violations following an inspection at the company's Mableton, Georgia, facility.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Safety, Georgia, Enforcement

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 14, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA Investigating Possible Failure of Michelin Auto-Hauler Tires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating six complaints it has received alleging steer tire failure involving Michelin’s 2014 XZA 295/60/R22.5 tires used on auto-haulers.

Tags: Michelin, Safety, Truck Tires, Investigation, Tires, NHTSA, Auto Haulers

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Operation Safe Driver Week Increases Traffic Safety

Law enforcement agencies will be stepping up traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors for Operation Safe Driver Week, a week-long event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Law Enforcement, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Central Transport Fined More Than $100,000 by OSHA

The trucking company Central Transport has been cited for five workplace violations by the Occupational Safety Health Administration at its trucking terminal in Rock Island, Illinois following a formal complaint.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Safety, Fleets, Enforcement, Central Transport

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Trucking Deaths Down 8% Last Year

New U.S. Labor Department figures show the number of deaths in trucking last year accounted for about 10% of all fatal work injuries.

Tags: Safety, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Labor Day Holiday Traffic Expected to be Greatest Since 2008

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Nearly 35 million million Americans are expected to journey 50 miles or more from home Thursday through Monday, a 1.3% percent increase over 2013.

Tags: Security, Safety, Traffic Congestion, Highway Fatalities, Cargo Theft, Holiday Travel

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Industry Pushes to Hide CSA Data from Public, FMCSA Responds

UPDATED -- A coalition of industry groups is putting pressure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove CSA safety scores from public view. In an August 22 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, American Trucking Associations and 10 other groups said the scores are not likely to provide an accurate assessment of a carrier’s safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, ATA, CSA, OOIDA

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