Knipling raised “fundamental criticisms” of a study conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University, concluding the sample of drivers, trucks and crashes, as well as minimal attention paid to other factors in crashes, rendered the study of little value. “It would be erroneous and unwarranted to accept Penn State’s principal findings and conclusions without extensive reanalysis, internal validation and external replication,” he wrote.
Similarly, Knipling said a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute was lacking.
Regarding a study of Florida transit bus drivers, Knipling concluded the “significant differences between Florida’s transit bus operator work rules and those for interstate truck drivers render schedule-related research findings for one largely inapplicable to the other.”
— Staff reports
Shell selects SuperRigs trucks
At its annual SuperRigs show in early June, Shell named the 12 trucks that will be featured in its 2012 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar.
Selected for the 2012 calendar are:
Jerry Kissinger’s 1991 Mack Superliner (Stoughton, Wis.)
Scott Diller’s 1981 Kenworth W900A (Bethel, Pa.)
Randy Supak’s 2010 Kenworth W900L (Caldwell, Texas)
Jake Lindamood’s 2011 Peterbilt 389 (Irving, Texas)
Michael LeJeune’s 1987 Peterbilt (Church Point, La.)
Ron Elledge’s 1994 Kenworth W900 (Hampton, Va.)
Ray Graves’ 1982 Peterbilt 359 (Anthony, Kan.)
Joe Rondeau’s 2011 Peterbilt 389 (White Bear Lake, Minn.)
Bill Warner Jr.’s 1989 Ford LTL (Circleville, W.Va.)
Wayne Baker’s 2011 Peterbilt 389 (Taylor Ridge, Ill.)
Cory Radke and Vinnie Diorio’s 2007 Peterbilt 379 (Richfield, Wis.)
Jeremy Heiderscheit’s 2003 Peterbilt 379 (Peosta, Iowa)
— Staff reports
Groups push for safer trucks
The American Trucking Associations and the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association on June 8 called on the federal government to begin researching how standards for crashworthiness for heavy trucks could benefit truck drivers.
“NHTSA has continuously developed crashworthiness standards for automobiles and light trucks, but to date has generally not applied crashworthiness standards to commercial trucks,” the two groups wrote in a June 6 letter to David Strickland, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “We believe there may be opportunities to enhance the survivability of professional truck drivers if appropriate, research-based uniform standards are developed.”
ATA and OOIDA highlighted the need for improving cab structure and occupant restraints such as safety belts and airbags, strengthening windshields and doors to prevent occupant ejections, and installing more forgiving interior surfaces.
Todd Spencer, OOIDA executive vice president, said his group is “making this request to hold the safety of professional truck drivers to as high a standard as all other motor vehicle users.”
— Staff reports
OWNER-OPERATOR OF THE YEAR nominations are being accepted by the Truckload Carriers Association and Overdrive. Nominees should run a majority of their miles in the truckload segment and have strong records in safety, professional accomplishment and contributions to the industry and their communities. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 15. Nominations can be made at Truckload.org.
CON-WAY INC. is contributing $100,000 to tornado relief efforts in Joplin, Mo., headquarters of Con-way Truckload, one of the company’s three principal business units. The company is also donating $100,000 to Joplin employees of Con-way Truckload who suffered losses in the storm. Con-way employees nationwide have pledged nearly $100,000 in contributions, along with other donations for disaster relief.