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Todd Dills

Four-wheelers get their fair share

| November 12, 2009

In all the hubbub surrounding the CSA 2010 safety initiative from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which the agency hopes will improve safety among motor carriers and drivers of large trucks when fully implemented, an only tangently related program has gone virtually unnoticed in trucking circles. And no, I don’t think it’s a looming threat to your business or your job.

“New Jersey is one of 15 states participating in [a] federal pilot program, dubbed TACT, for Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks,” Karen Rouse reported in the New Jersey Record newspaper about an FMCSA campaign aimed in part at increasing — yes — four-wheeler awareness of safe driving around big rigs. “The campaign will include $300,000 in radio advertisement and $500,000 for troopers to do education and enforcement.”

Along the way, Rouse talked to produce hauler Jaime Ramos, whose safety recommendations to four-wheelers you can see on this page, near the bottom of the “Fast Facts” sidebar on the left side of the page. For more about the FMCSA TACT initiative, click here.