Seat belt use by truck and  bus drivers has risen to 86%, compared to 65% in 2007, according to FCMSA survey. Photo: IMMI


Seat Belt Use by Commercial Drivers Hits All-Time High

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 86% truck and bus drivers now regularly use their safety belts while driving.

Aerial view shows motorcoach at final rest and impact damage caused by signpost penetrating two-thirds of vehicle. Photo: California Highway Patrol


FMCSA Not Doing Enough to Keep Unsafe Operators Off Highways, NTSB Says

In the wake of its investigation of a crash caused by a fatigued motorcoach driver, the National Transportation Safety Board reiterated its call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to change its motor carrier safety rating system.

NTSB will investigate the latest autonomous vehicle crash, which occured the first day on the job for this AAA/Keolis electric van. Photo: Twitter


NTSB to Investigate Latest Autonomous Vehicle Crash

Despite human error appearing to be the cause of the crash of an autonomous shuttle van in Las Vegas earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to look at the accident more closely, according to a report by Reuters News Agency.

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation


DOT Changing Drug Testing to Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

The Department of Transportation plans to add four prescription opioids – hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone – to the existing DOT drug-testing panel for screening truck drivers and other "safety-sensitive" transportation workers. This final rule is to take effect on Jan. 1.

Graphs courtesy CarrierLists


More Than Half of Small Fleets Not ELD Compliant

With less than six weeks until the Dec. 18 deadline for fleets to install mandatory electronic logging devices, it looks like there will still be a lot of smaller fleets who will be at risk for citations and fines – or who will give up on the industry altogether.

With Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express (second from right) are senior drivers (left to right), Robert Gibbs, Timothy Smith,and Gerald Waring. Photo courtesy of Bulldog Hiway Express


Bulldog Driver Pay Hike Includes Guaranteed Minimum Salary

Bulldog Hiway Express, a Daseke company, has announced a driver-compensation program called Salary Plus thatincludes a guaranteed minimum salary of $1,000 a week in its flatbed division.


Brake Safety Day Placed Over 1,000 Vehicles Out of Service

The results from September’s Brake Safety Day inspection event, organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, show that 1,064 vehicles were placed out of service due to brake-related violations.

Photo: UPS


UPS to Retrofit Class 8 Trucks with Collision-Mitigation Technology

UPS has announced that it is equipping more than 5,700 of its existing Class 8 tractors with advanced collision mitigation technology that can alert drivers to moving and stationary objects around the vehicle.

Photo: Maverick Transportation


Trucking Alliance Adopts AAA Advanced Safety Tech Recommendations

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, commonly known as the Trucking Alliance, announced that its carrier members must use four truck-safety technologies that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has concluded are critical to reducing large truck crashes and saving lives.

Screenshot via Maverick Transportation


Maverick Raises Pay for Flatbed, Glass Division Drivers

Maverick Transportation has announced a 5-cent per mile pay increase for drivers in its Flatbed and Glass over-the-road divisions. The pay increase is applicable to all drivers in both divisions, including student drivers.


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