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June 7, 2011 - Industry News

Harassment by Men Discussed at White House Meeting by Women In Trucking Officers

Women In Trucking President/CEO Ellen Voie and Board Director, Jan Hamblin of J. J. Keller & Associates, recently visited the White House to discuss the problem of harassment in the male-dominated trucking industry

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June 5, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Sky Express, Inc.

An investigation following a fatal bus crash on May 31 has revealed that Sky Express, Inc. was operating and selling tickets under several different company names, including 108 Tours and 108 Bus.

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June 2, 2011 - Industry News

Summer the Most Dangerous Time for Teen Drivers

Summer's here and the time is right for putting away the phone while driving. On the day she graduated from college in May 2008, Jacy Good's car was struck by a tractor-trailer that had swerved to avoid a young driver who had run a red light while talking on his cell phone. Her parents were killed. She barely survived and lives with serious injuries

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May 25, 2011 - Industry News

NICB Releases 2010 Report on Cargo Theft

The National Insurance Crime Bureau issued its 2010 National Cargo Theft report, finding that electronics and food are the most common loads targeted by thieves

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May 25, 2011 - Industry News

Relief Efforts Under Way Following Joplin Tornado

A massive tornado tossed trucks about at the Flying J in Joplin, Mo. Photo by Shane Kirk.

Relief efforts are under way after an EF5 tornado struck Joplin, Mo., early Sunday, claiming at least 123 lives and leveling thousands of homes. Jeff Nene, senior director of public relations at Convoy of Hope, a disaster relief organization headquartered in nearby Springfield, Mo., has visited disaster zones around the world and said this is among the worst he's ever seen

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May 24, 2011 - Industry News

Secretary LaHood Announces Success of Driver Pre-Employment Screening Program

Commercial carriers and truck drivers conducted 380,000 pre-employment driver safety record searches during the first year of the DOT's new Pre-Employment Screening Program

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May 11, 2011 - Industry News

Jason's Law Reintroduced; Would Address Truck Parking Problems

U.S. Reps Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Erik Paulsen (R-MN) have reintroduced Jason's Law, which would create a grant program to help alleviate the parking shortages and pay for safety improvements at existing rest areas

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May 11, 2011 - Industry News

GAO Investigators Drive Through Holes in Port Security

An official at the Port of Tacoma checks a driver's TWIC card.

An investigation by the General Accountability Office has raised serious concerns about the ability of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program to safeguard the nation's ports

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May 9, 2011 - Industry News

Peterbilt Offering RollTek Side Rollover Protection

IMMI RollTek side rollover protection is now available on all Peterbilt Class 8 vehicles. The RollTek protection system has been integrated in the Atlas Premium Air Ride high-back driver's seat

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May 2, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Survey Shows Increase in Safety Belt Use

New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data that shows 78 percent of commercial truck and bus drivers wore safety belts while operating behind the wheel in 2010, compared to 74 percent in 2009

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April 20, 2011 - Industry News

Research Links Truck Crash Involvement to Driver History

A study by the American Transportation Research Institute reveals that truck drivers with poor driving records are more susceptible to being involved in a future truck crash than their peers with clean driving records

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April 19, 2011 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Puts 144 Trucks OOS in One-Day Rural Enforcement Effort

The Pennsylvania State Police placed 144 trucks and 32 drivers out of service during a one-day enforcement effort that focused on commercial vehicles traveling on rural roads and non-interstate highways

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April 19, 2011 - Industry News

Small Percentage of Drivers Represent Highest Distracted Driving Risk

A study of drivers observed through an in-cab video/vehicle data safety system found that a small percent of drivers are most likely to be involved in a distracted driving behavior when they do something dangerous like swerve or slam on the brakes

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April 11, 2011 - Industry News

Truck Industry Safety Performance Reached Record Levels in 2009

The rate of truck-involved fatalities on U.S. highways fell to 1.17 per 100 million miles in 2009 - making that year the trucking industry's safest since the federal government began keeping track in 1975. But American Trucking Associations representatives say more can be done, and called for the government to look at incentive-based programs to drive safety technology

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April 3, 2011 - Industry News

Highway Fatalities Lowest Ever Recorded

Despite Americans driving nearly 21 billion more miles last year, U.S. highway traffic fatalities dropped 3 percent from 2009 to the lowest levels in recorded history. The fatality rate also dropped, to 1.09 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT)

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March 24, 2011 - Industry News

Pennsylvania State Police Place 131 Trucks Out of Service During 'Operation FracNET'

The Pennsylvania State Police placed 131 trucks out of service during a two-day enforcement effort focusing on commercial vehicles hauling waste water from Marcellus shale natural gas drilling operations in the stat

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March 21, 2011 - Industry News

Texas To Get PrePass This Summer

The Texas Department of Public Safety is equipping five of its truck inspection facilities at three locations with PrePass commercial vehicle safety technology starting this summer

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March 17, 2011 - Industry News

TCA Names Winners of National Fleet Safety Award

Brian Kurtz Trucking Ltd., of Breslau, Ontario, and Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba are the grand prize winners of the Truckload Carriers Association National Fleet Safety Awards

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March 8, 2011 - Industry News

2010 Cargo Theft Shows Significant Increase

The first annual cargo theft report from CargoNet shows a significant increase in cargo theft in 2010 compared to 2009, as well as some interesting comparisons. In 2010 there were 1035 cargo theft incidents, a significant increase over 2009, when there were 700 thefts

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March 1, 2011 - Industry News

Insurance Institute Wants Underride Guard Improvements

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is petitioning the federal government to require stronger underride guards on the back of tractor-trailers, following a series of tests the group says demonstrate that underride guards on tractor-trailers can fail in relatively low-speed crashes

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February 16, 2011 - Industry News

Lion Technology Hosting HAZMAT Management Workshops in Los Angeles, Oakland

Lion Technology Inc. will be hosting a two-day Hazardous/Toxic Waste Management Workshop in Los Angeles on March 10-11 and in Oakland on March 14-15.

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February 9, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Supports Efforts to Streamline Trade Between the U.S. and Canada

Trucks carry about 60 percent of the value of trade between the United States and Canada. (Photo by Jim Park)

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves says the association supports efforts by the Canadian and U.S. governments to streamline the flow of trade between the two countries and improve security coordination

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February 6, 2011 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Safety Award Continues in 2011

Again this year, two fleets in North America will be recognized for their commitment to safety through the 2011 Volvo Trucks Safety Award. The honorees will each receive $25,000 to be used in their safety-related activities

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January 31, 2011 - Industry News

ODOT sees improvement in commercial vehicle driver inspections

Inspectors with the Oregon Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Transportation Division are seeing small improvements in commercial vehicle driver inspections

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January 20, 2011 - Industry News

LaHood Reaffirms Commitment to Combat Distracted Driving

At an event marking the one-year anniversary of FocusDriven, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for victims of distracted driving, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Thursday reaffirmed his commitment to putting an end to distracted driving

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