Trucking is not mentioned in this bill, which focuses on rail, ports and intermodal freight. It was referred to a Senate committee and has two co-sponsors.
— Jill Dunn
Speed top cause of fatal truck crashes
Speeding was the leading factor among large trucks involved in fatal crashes, says the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration.
The report compiled by Ralph Craft in FMCSA’s Statistics Division found that driving over the speed limit was the leading factor in 7.3 percent of fatal crashes. Following that was failure to keep in the proper lane, at 6.5 percent, and inattentive driving, such as talking or eating, at 5.7 percent.
The number 7 factor is drowsy or fatigued driving, at 1.4 percent, tied with driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications. Other factors ranked ahead of fatigue were failure to yield right-of-way, failure to obey traffic signs and overcorrecting.
Overall, large trucks were involved in 7 percent of fatal crashes in 2009.
— Staff reports
CARB studies reefer rule
The California Air Resources Board, in response to questions about 2003 transport refrigeration units and TRU generator sets, will enforce the January compliance deadline, but will soon consider an option for meeting this standard.
On Oct. 8, CARB announced that affected owners without the compliance technology should order now to ensure delivery by deadline. The TRU Airborne Toxic Control Measure requires 2003 and older engines be retrofitted to meet the Ultra-Low-Emission TRU in-use standards by Dec. 31. The rule requires a Level 3 verified diesel emissions control system, which reduces diesel particulate matter by at least 85 percent.
At its Nov. 18-19 meeting, CARB will consider a proposal to allow a less stringent compliance standard proposal for these products because of limited availability of Level 3 control systems.
More information is available by calling (916) 445-5516.The board will receive comments on the proposals until noon Nov. 17 electronically at www.arb.ca.gov.
— Staff reports
Charlotte hosts inaugural Diesel Show
The inaugural Diesel Super Show in Concord, N.C., held at the z-Max Dragway at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct. 8 and 9, featured trucking- and construction-related exhibits, truck drag races, a free country music concert with country star John Rich and Custom Rigs Pride & Polish. The show was produced by Overdrive’s publisher, Randall-Reilly Business Media and Information.