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Overdrive Staff | November 01, 2010

Of the CSA 2010-initiated investigations, 62 percent resulted in interventions to address safety deficiencies, including cooperative safety plans and fines. Only 32 percent of the carriers in the non-test control groups received enforcement actions.

Phase II, begun in October 2008, expanded the testing to incorporate the entire CSA 2010 enforcement methodology, the agency reported. From June through November of 2009, the testing was broadened to include carriers and drivers in Minnesota, Montana, Kansas, Maryland and Delaware.

— Staff reports



SHORT HAULS

THE FREIGHT Transportation Services Index fell 0.6 percent in August from July, declining after two monthly increases, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports. Through the first eight months of 2010, the index has declined 1.9 percent. Meanwhile, truck tonnage rose 2.9 percent in August, the ninth straight year-over-year increase, says the American Trucking Associations.

OPERATING A HANDHELD device is the leading cause of distracted driving incidents that led to collisions or near-crashes, according to a study by SmartDrive Systems. The study analyzed activity captured on video prior to those traffic events. Ranked second and third were eating/drinking/smoking and talking on a mobile phone.

U.S. SURFACE transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in July increased 19 percent over July 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. U.S.-Canada surface transportation trade totaled $36 billion in July, up 17 percent from a year ago. U.S.-Mexico surface transportation trade in July increased 22 percent, to $25 billion.



Trucks improve in CVSA brake check

Fewer vehicles were taken out of service for brake defects this year than in 2009 during Operation Air Brake’s Brake Safety Week, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced Oct. 15.

Overall, a record 30,472 vehicles were inspected, up from 26,630 inspections in 2009. Also, 2,717 vehicles were placed out of service for brake adjustments (8.9 percent in 2010, 9 percent in 2009); 2,435 vehicles were placed out of service for brake components (8 percent in 2010, 9.2 percent in 2009); and 4,117 vehicles were placed out for brakes (13.5 percent in 2010, 15.1 percent in 2009).

Brake Safety Week is a component of the Operation Air Brake campaign, an ongoing international truck and bus brake safety program dedicated to improving commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.

— Staff reports



Survey: Economy top trucking concern

The state of the economy leads the list of the American Transportation Research Institute’s top 10 critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, based on a survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives.

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