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Overdrive Staff | October 01, 2011

Navistar’s International MaxxForce engines rank highest in customer satisfaction and perform particularly well in four of eight factors: engine reliability and dependability, engine warranty, vibration at idle and average fuel economy. The other factors are acceleration when fully loaded; electronic control module; accessibility to components for service or maintenance; and maintaining speeds on grades.

— Staff reports



Hazmat tracking changes suggested

The National Transportation Safety Board, in a Sept. 2 letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, recommended steps for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration to take to gain a more accurate accounting of the distribution of hazardous materials hauled in cargo tanks.

Obtaining a more accurate accounting would enable enhanced safety-data analyses of hazmat haulers and increased safety, the board said.

NTSB recommended requiring all hazmat carriers to annually submit tank types and numbers of owned and leased fleets to the DOT, in addition to data displayed on the specification plates of such tanks.

— Staff reports


New York arrests 51 for CDL fraud

New York police recently arrested 51 CDL holders with two or more licenses under different names after police used facial recognition technology on CDL photos.

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles and other state and federal officials were involved in the investigation of truck and bus drivers who fraudulently obtained multiple driver licenses by using a fake name, according to a statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The software resulted in the arrests of 70 other CDL drivers earlier this year. In the past 18 months, New York law enforcement arrested about 800 people for having two or more drivers’ licenses under aliases.

In the most recent round of arrests, police charged each driver with offering a false instrument in the first degree and falsifying business records in the second degree. Those with “excessive” unpaid tickets also received a charge of aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree.

State driver licensing agencies began using facial recognition software in 2002. In a survey last updated 18 months ago, 16 states used or were installing the technology for driver license applications, according to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

— Jill Dunn



Broker rates top shippers in some U.S. lanes

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