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May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Safety Board Highlights Dangers of Hose-Chemical Incompatibility

The National Transportation Safety Board has asked the Department of Transportation to warn trucking companies about the dangers of not using the right hoses for the right chemicals,

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May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Students Promote Safety Belts in FMCSA Art Contest

FMCSA's annual Be Ready, Be Buckled art contests gives children of truck and bus drivers a chance to get creative with safety. Here, a 2011 winner from Darby Kim of Centreville, Va.

Two youngsters were honored for their posters urging truck drivers to buckle up

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May 7, 2012 - Industry News

Highway Fatalities to Reach Record Low

There were an estimated 32,310 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2011 versus 32,885 fatalities that occurred in 2010, which is a decline of about 1.7%.

The number of highway deaths in the U.S. is on track to be at its lowest on record, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's early estimate of 2011 traffic fatalities

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May 4, 2012 - Industry News

Study: Large Trucks at Greater Risk of Fire in High-Speed Crashes

Larger vehicles' weight may result in greater impact forces in collisions.  These forces may compromise vulnerable fuel tanks, and leaking fuel is more likely to ignite.

Large trucks - semi-trucks in particular - are more likely to catch fire in higher speed vehicle crashes compared to light trucks and passenger vehicles, according to a recent study by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center

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May 2, 2012 - Industry News

Live Radio Weather Special to Air for Truckers

SiriusXM's Road Dog Trucking channel will air a live, call-in "Severe Weather Summit" today to help prepare professional truck drivers for dangers they may face on the road

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April 26, 2012 - Industry News

Report: Florida Troopers Erred Before Jan. Crashes

A report released by Florida state investigators Thursday is faulting the Florida Highway Patrol for reopening a foggy stretch of I-75 that was later the scene of of a series of crashes that killed 11 people on Jan. 29

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April 23, 2012 - Industry News

Trucker Buddy Launches Trucking Mentors Program

Trucker Buddy International is launching a new program called Trucking Mentors, directed at teaching high school students to drive safely around big rig trucks. Trucking Mentors matches professional drivers with a high school located either locally or along the route of the driver. The driver then visits the high school once or twice a year to talk about safe highway driving and help build a positive image of the trucking industry among teenage drivers

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April 12, 2012 - Industry News

Survey: More Carriers Moving Toward CSA Compliance

More carriers taking steps to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement regime, and 65% are doing so with three or more methods, according to results from Transport Capital Partners' First Quarter 2012 Business Expectations Survey.

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April 9, 2012 - Industry News

DTNA Trucks Recalled for Seat Problems

Nearly 9,000 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4900 trucks are being recalled because the seat could unexpectedly buckle

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April 4, 2012 - Industry News

DOT Allows Use of UVA-Blocking Window Film

The Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration now allows the use of compliant window films on big rigs to block UVA rays, which have been linked to skin cancer

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April 3, 2012 - Industry News

GreenRoad: Safety Improves by 24%

GreenRoad's new Worldwide Fleet Driver Performance Benchmark Report shows that in 2011, the GreenRoad worldwide average safety score dropped to 22 versus 29, a 24% drop

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March 31, 2012 - Industry News

DOT Shutters Utah-based Reliable Transportation Services

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Utah-based Reliable Transportation Services, Inc. to immediately cease all transportation services, declaring the trucking company and its principal, Jay Zachary Barber, an imminent hazard to public safety

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March 28, 2012 - Industry News

New Study Finds Safety Benefits of Limiting Truck Speeds

(Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Transportation)

New research released this week by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration confirms the safety benefits of using technology to electronically govern and limit the top speed of commercial trucks

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March 28, 2012 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Celebrates Safe Driving at MATS

WIT's Salute to Women celebrated 211 female professional drivers with a combined total of more than 200 million safe driving miles.

Women In Trucking Association held its third annual Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event to honor female professional drivers at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky

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March 22, 2012 - Industry News

Secretary LaHood Heads List of Inaugural NAFA Safety Leadership Award Winners

NAFA Fleet Management Association's Safety Advisory Council announced the winners of its inaugural Safety Leadership Awards, which will be presented at NAFA's 2012 Institute & Expo in St. Louis on April 22

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March 21, 2012 - Industry News

Ferro Discusses CSA Changes at MATS

Anne Ferro speaks at the MATS Fleet Forum. (photo by Justin Miller)

LOUISVILLE, KY -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is getting ready to roll out some revisions to the SMS database it uses in its CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) program, including dropping the Cargo Securement BASIC and adding a Hazmat BASIC, Administrator Anne Ferro announced during the Mid-America Trucking Show Fleet Forum Wednesday

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March 7, 2012 - Industry News

Rocha Transportation, Bison Trucking TCA Safety Award Winners

The Truckload Carriers Association named Rocha Transportation and Bison Transport the grand-prize winners of TCA's National Fleet Safety Awards

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March 6, 2012 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers to Support Mandatory Speed Limiters

The Truckload Carriers Association's board of directors this week approved a policy supporting a federal mandate of speed limiters on commercial trucks that would not allow them to exceed 65 mph

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March 6, 2012 - Industry News

DTNA Recalls Trucks for Fuel System Problems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall notice on up to 110,000 trucks equipped with Detroit Diesel DD13, DD15 and DD16 engines manufactured from January 20, 2006, through February 20, 2012

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March 4, 2012 - Industry News

Task Force to Tackle Driver Diabetes

Many drivers may not even be aware they have diabetes.

Diabetes in truck drivers is under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated, says a leading trucking physician, and a new medical task force hopes to bring more attention to the issue along with more consistent oversight of drivers with the condition

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March 4, 2012 - Industry News

Heavy Exposure to Diesel Exhaust Linked to Lung Cancer Death in Miners

In a study of non-metal miners in the United States, federal government scientists found that heavy exposure to diesel exhaust increased risk of death from lung cancer. Researchers say the findings suggest other workers exposed to diesel exhaust could also be at risk, but an organization representing the diesel engine industry responded to the study noting that the exhaust coming from today's on-highway engines is vastly cleaner than in the past

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February 29, 2012 - Industry News

Survey Says Driver Safety a Top Concern for Light-Vehicle Fleet Managers

Fleet driver safety, reducing fuel consumption and lowering maintenance costs are the top priorities for fleet managers in the next 12-18 months, according to a recent PHH Arval survey

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February 27, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts New HOS Examples

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted a new document on its website illustrating 20 logbook examples under the new hours of service rule

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February 14, 2012 - Industry News

New Survey Gauges Industry Reaction to Cellphone Restrictions

The number of commercial fleet operators adopting written policies for employee cellphone use has increased 31% in the past nine months, according to a new survey of 570 fleet managers conducted by ZoomSafer

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February 7, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Closes Down Indiana Trucking Company as Imminent Hazard

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered U&D Service Inc. of Indianapolis to immediately cease all transportation services in or affecting interstate commerce, declaring the commercial truck company an "imminent hazard" to public safety

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