crashes

Sharing the road: Some common sense on regulations to reduce crashes

From owner-operator Pete Zimmer: "Put the safety where needed. Educate auto drivers. Increase fines to make an impact. Put regulations where the biggest problems lie. Make fines equal for all. We are all on the same highways."

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It finally happened

Wendy on the recent accident in North Carolina, where she and George were rear-ended: "I keep telling him only one wreck in driving (all kinds of vehicles) for 29 years is a fine run."

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CSA’s Fallout: SMS/safety rating system disconnect compounds problems

While official safety rating element of FMCSA’s enforcement program remains, the CSA SMS runs alongside it, giving a more real-time window into inspections, violations and crashes. However, the difference between results produced by each is marked.

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Study touts benefits of in-cab camera system with paired driver training

The Lytx company-commissioned analysis conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute showed use of the DriveCam system could potentially reduce commercial-motor-vehicle crashes by as much as a third annually.

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Public use of CSA scores remains a chief industry concern

As the MCSAC's CSA Subcommittee finalized recommendations for program changes in D.C., debate continued over the public display of carrier CSA scores. In early poll results, 70 percent of Overdrive readers favor score removal.

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CSA crash-weighting study to be released in June, FMCSA says

Full implementation of the Safety Fitness Determination rule, which would replace the current safety-rating system, could follow two years after a hoped-for September proposal. More news from MCSAC's CSA Subcommittee meeting...

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FMCSA: Current insurance minimums for carriers ‘inadequate,’ new rule coming

The current $750,000 minimum liability insurance required to be held by carriers is too low, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week, and the agency plans to create a rule upping that minimum.

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NTSB pushing for blind spot systems, trailer guards, better data collection

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends regulations be put in place to require new trucks to be equipped with systems to boost blind spot awareness and side and rear underride guards and to require that better data be collected on trailers involved in crashes.

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‘Zero highway deaths’ goal needs general public target

Regulators' ultimate goal pondered, in light of the laundry list of highway-bill recommendations the MCSAC delivered to Congress two weeks back.

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Economy’s relationship to crash figures and FMCSA’s debated effectiveness in reducing them

FMCSA says it conducted 3.5 million roadside inspections leading to 16,000 estimated prevented crashes. However, crash numbers have steadily risen since 2009, in spite of the efforts of the agency and its CSA program.

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