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Overdrive Staff | October 01, 2010

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SHORT HAULS

THE AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS’ advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.5 percent in July from June and 7.4 percent from a year ago. It was the eighth consecutive year-over-year gain. Year-to-date, tonnage is up 6.7 percent compared with the same period in 2009.

CSA 2010: JUST THE FACTS has been released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The two-page document was prepared to dispel misconceptions surrounding Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010. Visit csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and look for “Just the Facts” download.

THE FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION Services Index rose 0.4 percent in July from June, increasing for the second consecutive month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported. BTS reported the Freight TSI has risen 5 percent over the last 14 months, starting in June 2009.

HESTER INC., the Fayette, Ala.-based carrier whose truck was involved in a March 26 accident that left 11 people dead in Kentucky, was ordered closed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The agency also fined the company $13,950 for violating federal motor carrier safety regulations.



Truck-related fatalities drop

Fatalities of large truck occupants dropped from 682 in 2008 to 503 in 2009, a 26 percent decline, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported.

The total number of fatalities involving large trucks decreased 20 percent from 4,542 in 2008 to 3,380 last year. The number of injuries in large truck crashes also fell substantially – 26 percent, from 23,000 in 2008 to 17,000 in 2009.

The reduction is the lowest level in recorded DOT history and also shows a 33 percent decrease in fatalities since the current hours-of-service regulations first became effective in January 2004.

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