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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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February 6, 2012 - Industry News

Paccar Recalls Trucks with Problematic Bendix Air-Brake Valve

Paccar Inc., one of several manufacturers whose trucks are affected by problems with a Bendix air-brake valve, has issued a recall that includes 21 Kenworth and Peterbilt models

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January 30, 2012 - Industry News

Tennessee Highway Patrol Teams Up with CargoNet

CargoNet announced a new alliance with the Tennessee Highway Patrol to combat stolen goods in transit in Tennessee and surrounding states

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December 27, 2011 - Industry News

Study: Early Cellphone Safety Studies Likely Overestimated Crash Risk

A Wayne State University study published in the January 2012 issue of the journal Epidemiology points out that two influential early studies of cellphone use and crash risk may have overestimated the relative risk of conversation on cellphones while driving

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December 26, 2011 - Industry News

Second Fatal Wheel-off Raises Questions About Truck Safety in Ontario

The wheel suspected to be involved in Thursday's fatal wheel-off incident, showing elongated stud holes, indicating loose wheel nuts. Photo from CBC.

A woman driving a Honda Civic was killed by a flying truck wheel near Hamilton, Ont. on Thursday. It was the province's second fatal wheel-off incident in as many weeks

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December 21, 2011 - Industry News

Small Georgia Fleet Owner Indicted for Violating OOS, Chameleon Carrier Charge

A man who apparently reincarnated an out-of-service trucking company -- and allegedly kept operating after the chameleon company also was put out of service -- has been indicted on federal charges

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December 21, 2011 - Industry News

Lexis-Nexis Report Highlights Potential Problem Areas in Driver Safety and Screening

A new study finds commercial driver applications with incomplete or inaccurate information increased 20% in 2011, pointing to an area fleets can target to improve safety and compliance

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December 21, 2011 - Industry News

Holiday Season Prime Time for Cargo Theft

Cargo thieves don't take time off during the holidays -- in fact, they may turn to more aggressive methods, say freight security experts

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December 11, 2011 - Industry News

NTSB to Review 2010 Multi-vehicle Crash in Missouri

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a Board meeting to determine the probable cause, and consider proposed safety recommendations on the August 5, 2010, multi-vehicle highway accident in Gray Summit, Missouri

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December 8, 2011 - Industry News

Highway Fatalities Drop, Truck-related Deaths Rise

Preliminary 2010 fatality and injury data shows that highway deaths fell to 32,885 for the year, the lowest level since 1949. The data also revealed that truck-related fatalities increased by nearly nine percent to 3,675

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December 8, 2011 - Industry News

TSA Recalls Improperly Encoded TWIC Cards

The integrated circuit chips on approximately 26,000 previously issued Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) issued prior to April 5, 2011 were improperly encoded and may not work with TWIC card readers

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November 21, 2011 - Industry News

FreightWatch Warns of Increased Incidents of Cargo Theft over Thanksgiving Weekend

Last year, FreightWatch reported that cargo crime increases by 28% over holiday periods and that Thanksgiving weekend recorded the most cargo theft activity of all holiday periods in the United States

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November 21, 2011 - Industry News

National Motorists Association Throws Down the Gauntlet on Red Light Cameras

The National Motorists Association (NMA) is challenging cities to do away with ticket-producing red-light cameras and replace them with traffic engineering solutions to combat red-light running. They're putting $10,000 on the table that says safety can be improved without tickets

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November 17, 2011 - Industry News

Safety Improvements Show HOS Rule Does Not Need Revision, ATA Says

The continuing improvement in truck safety shows that the current hours of service rules do not need to be revised, American Trucking Associations President Bill Graves said in a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget

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November 16, 2011 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Results Show Improvement in Brake Adjustment Rates, Increased Overall OOS Rates

2,605 or 8.4% of vehicles were placed OOS for brake adjustment during Brake Safety Week in September. Photo by Jim Park.

Enforcement data gathered from across the continent during Operation Air Brake's Brake Safety Week reveals the number of out-of-service defects for both brake adjustment and brake components are down slightly, while the overall OOS rate for brakes rose

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November 14, 2011 - Industry News

Cyclist Tragedy Sparks Side Guard Debate in Canada

Olivia Chow thinks all trucks need side guards on their trailers and she is introducing a bill in Canada's Parliament to try to make it a reality

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