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SmartDrive’s ‘Extended Recording’ feature enhanced; other upgrades, video mandate discussed

In a press briefing with reporters, coming just two weeks after NTSB's first call for a mandate for video recorder use, SmartDrive reps noted any mandate would be long in coming but that a belief in the power of video in highway safety "is certainly our position."

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Mandates for video recorders, collision avoidance systems among NTSB’s ‘Most Wanted’ in 2017-2018

Items on the list NTSB's 2017-2018 most wanted list that could have the biggest impact on drivers include increased implementation of collision avoidance technologies, expanding use of event recorders, and ending alcohol and drug impairment.

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NTSB: More stringent drug screening needed for truck operators

NTSB found in its investigation of a fatal 2015 crash that the trucker at fault had illegally used methamphetamine before the crash occurred. The drug use should have been detected in a pre-employment screening, NTSB says.

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Truckers: No to ‘beta’ testing when lives at stake

Truckers polled this month agreed by and large with much of Consumer Reports’ "Too much autonomy too soon" verdict about the 'Autopilot' technology deployed in the Tesla Model S in 'beta' form, recently in use during a fatal crash in Florida.

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NTSB investigators blame significant hours violations, false logs and scant FMCSA oversight for deadly 2014 crash

NTSB investigators presented their findings to the full Board, determining that trucker fatigue and logbook falsification contributed to the crash, as well as “inadequacy of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration efforts to address the safety deficiencies of high-risk carriers or prioritize action to halt their operations.”

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Action on driver fatigue, health, distractions among NTSB’s 2016 most wanted regulations

The National Transportation Safety Board released its annual Most Wanted List of safety regulations this week, and six of the 10 items on the list could have an impact on the trucking industry and truckers.

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NTSB to FMCSA: Consider drug testing for synthetic marijuana

The NTSB made two recommendations to the FMCSA after a crash investigation revealed a driver's use of synthetic marijuana.

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Insurers tell Walmart they’re not paying Tracy Morgan crash settlements

Walmart’s private fleet has sued a group of insurance companies for refusing to pay the retail giant’s settlements with victims, including actor Tracy Morgan, in the high-profile June 2014 crash on the New Jersey turnpike that left one person dead and several others severely injured.

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Audit of FMCSA shows agency needs to make improvements to CSA, carrier intervention

The DOT's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program is out of sync with real-word crash risk and needs to be realigned to better predict carrier safety, says a report made public this week.

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Another voice for FMCSA audit: Senator wants review of agency’s investigative practices

Sen. Dick Durbin has asked the DOT to audit FMCSA's investigative practices, following the January crash that left an Illinois tollway worker dead and a state trooper seriously injured.

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