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December 2, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Truck Driver to Stop Operating

A truck driver who admitted to losing consciousness before hitting and killing an Illinois state trooper has been ordered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to stop driving immediately because he failed to disclose a disqualifying medical condition during his DOT physical

Tags: Safety, CDL, FMCSA, Health, medical

November 14, 2012 - Industry News

NTSB'S Most Wanted List Includes Mandatory Collision Avoidance, Aims at Distracted Driving

The National Transportation Safety Board released its 2013 Most Wanted List, with six of the 10 issues focusing on highway travel. Particular priorities of interest to the trucking industry include mandating vehicle collision avoidance technology, preserving the transportation infrastructure, and eliminating distracted and impaired driving

Tags: Safety, NTSB

November 13, 2012 - Industry News

FreightWatch Notes an Increase in Theft of Meat

According to a special report from FreightWatch, the price of beef, pork and chicken (meats) in the United States has increased substantially since the second quarter of 2010, driving up thefts of meat products in FreightWatch's Food/Drinks category

Tags: Safety

November 9, 2012 - Industry News

NADA Offers Vehicle Owners Post-Hurricane Advice on Water-Damaged Vehicles

Heavy vehicle components that are submerged in contaminated floodwater as a result of the recent hurricanes may have sustained damage that includes, but is not limited to, rust and corrosion. The National Automobile Dealers Association is urging vehicle owners to take caution before trying to start or move a rain-soaked or flooded vehicle following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy

Tags: Safety, Sandy

November 7, 2012 - Industry News

Link Discovered Between Driver Obesity and Crash Risk

A study has confirmed what many in trucking already believed -- that there's a direct connection between a truck driver's crash risk and his or her body mass index. Obese truckers, during their first two years on the road, are 43% to 55% more likely to be involved in a crash when compared against those truckers with a normal BMI

Tags: Safety, Sleep Apnea, obesity, BMI

November 4, 2012 - Industry News

Trucker Honored for Helping Motorist with Medical Emergency

Pavel Kolacek of Thunder LLC, High Ridge, Mo. was recently named a TCA Highway Angel.

The Truckload Carriers Association named its latest Highway Angel: Pavel Kolacek of Thunder LLC, High Ridge, Mo. Kolacek, who is leased to Artur Express of St. Louis, Mo., is being recognized for helping a motorist who had a medical emergency

Tags: Safety

October 31, 2012 - Industry News

Washington State Chain Law Now in Effect

Beginning Nov. 1, Washington state law requires commercial vehicles and combinations of vehicles heavier than 10,000 pounds GVWR to carry sufficient tire chains

Tags: Safety

October 28, 2012 - Industry News

ARI Activates Emergency Fleet Hotline in Anticipation of Hurricane Sandy

ARI, a fleet services provider specializing in complex car and truck fleets, announced that it has activated its emergency hotline - 1-866-FLEET59 (1-866-353-3859) - in advance of Hurricane Sand

Tags: Safety

October 16, 2012 - Industry News

Operation Safe Driver Week Aims to Prevent Distracted Driving

During its annual Operation Safe mobilization effort the week of Oct. 14-20, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is calling on all drivers to reduce aggressive and distracted driving and save lives, with special attention to both commercial vehicle safety and sharing the road with commercial vehicles

Tags: Safety

October 9, 2012 - Industry News

Volvo Honors Safe Fleets

LAS VEGAS - Volvo Trucks honored two fleets with its 2012 Volvo Trucks Safety Award. Each recipient will receive $25,000 to be used toward safety-related activities

Tags: Safety

October 8, 2012 - Industry News

New ATA Paper Says Fatigued Driving Exaggerated

In a new white paper, American Trucking Associations sets the record straight about the involvement of fatigue in large truck crashes, saying anti-trucking industry interest groups wildly exaggerate its role in crashes

Tags: Safety

October 8, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Expands Pre-Employment Screening Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration introduced an expanded version of its Pre-Employment Screening Program, making it easier for more motor carrier companies, with the driver's consent, to access PSP records

Tags: Safety

October 6, 2012 - Industry News

New Trucking Alliance Bids for Leadership on Safety

The small group of trucking companies that agitated for mandatory electronic onboard recorders in the recent highway bill is on a mission to apply the same laser focus to a half-dozen additional safety initiatives, including mandatory speed limiters and improvements to drug and alcohol testing

Tags: Safety

September 27, 2012 - Industry News

Traffic Deaths up by 9% First Half of Year

U.S. traffic deaths jumped by 9% in the first six months of this year, with a total of 16,290 traffic deaths reported

Tags: Safety

September 24, 2012 - Industry News

NHTSA: Nearly 10% of Fatal Crashes Involved Distracted Driving

Distracted driving was cited as a contributing factor in nearly 10% of all fatal crashes in 2010, while that number nearly doubles (to 18%) for crashes where individuals were injured, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Tags: Safety

September 18, 2012 - Industry News

FreightWatch Figures Show Cargo Theft Drop from Second Quarter

The summer months saw a drop in cargo thefts compared to the second quarter, but there was a slight increase in the theft of electronics, auto/parts and pharmaceuticals, according to numbers compiled by FreightWatch International

Tags: Safety

September 17, 2012 - Industry News

ATA Safety Management Council Announces 2012 Award Recipients

ATA's Safety Management Council announced its 2012 award winners at its Safety & Human Resources National Conference & Exhibition in Kansas City, Mo

Tags: Safety

September 14, 2012 - Industry News

NAFA Lends Support to Drive Safely Work Week

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety sponsors Drive Safely Work Week each year during the first week of October. NAFA Fleet Management Association is promoting the annual safety campaign, which takes place this year Oct. 1-5

Tags: Safety

September 9, 2012 - Industry News

Governors Safety Group Calls for Ban on Handheld Cell Phones

During its recent annual meeting, the Governors Highway Safety Association strengthened its policy positions regarding distracted driving and drugged driving, including calling for a ban on handheld cell phones for all drivers

Tags: Safety

August 21, 2012 - Industry News

60 Trucks in DOT Test of '
Connected Vehicle' Crash Avoidance Technology

The Department of Transportation yesterday launched a year-long pilot project to test technology that lets cars, trucks and buses "talk" to each other and to infrastructure. The idea behind these Wi-Fi-like devices is to avoid crashes and improve traffic flow. If tests and other research go well, it could lead to regulations in the future

Tags: Safety

August 20, 2012 - Industry News

Legal Claims, Counterclaims Continue from 2011 Amtrak-Truck Crash

The trucking company involved in a June 2011 crash of an Amtrak train east of Reno, Nev., filed new court documents taking issue with a Union Pacific Railroad video of the rail crossing gates, according to the Reno Gazette Journal

Tags: Safety

August 15, 2012 - Industry News

Roadcheck 2012 Finds Driver and Vehicle OOS Rates Near Historic Lows

A Roadcheck inspection in Minnesota.

Out-of-service rates during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Roadcheck inspection blitz in June were the second lowest in 25 years, according to the organization

Tags: Safety

August 10, 2012 - Industry News

Virginia Tech Studying Electronic Logs

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is studying the safety records of drivers and fleets that have been using electronic onboard recorders to comply with federal hours of service requirements to see if they improve safety and compliance

Tags: Safety

August 10, 2012 - Industry News

Top Commercial Vehicle Inspectors Honored

More than 50 commercial vehicle inspectors showed off their skills last week in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's North American Inspectors Championship

Tags: Safety

August 2, 2012 - Industry News

Fatal Bus Crash Underscores Need for Fatigue Management Programs, NTSB says

As a consequence of a fatal bus crash last year, the National Transportation Safety Board is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to be more assertive in monitoring fatigue management programs

Tags: Safety

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