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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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NTSB repeats driver cell phone ban recommendation

The recommendation originally was issued Dec. 13, following NTSB’s meeting on a multi-vehicle Missouri accident.

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Three compete for Owner-Operator of the Year, cross-border program lawsuits advance, turnpike rates rise, Baltimore bridge tolls rising and many more industry news items are featured.

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Safety board urges total cell phone use ban by all drivers

NTSB’s recommendation would have to be adopted separately by each U.S. state since states have authority over driver behavior.

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NTSB urges ban on cell phone use

Board recommended banning the use of mobile phones by commercial drivers except in emergencies.

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NTSB recommends hazmat tracking changes

The intent is to gain a more accurate accounting of the distribution of hazardous materials-hauling cargo tanks on the road.

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NTSB investigating Nevada truck-train crash

The truck pulling hopper trailers reportedly skidded more than 300 feet before crashing through crossing gates.

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NTSB sets truck safety forum

Hours of service and electronic onboard recorders are among topics listed for the National Transportation Safety Board’s public forum on truck safety.

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Transportation deaths drop 9.2% in 2009

Highway fatalities, which account for nearly 95 percent of all transportation deaths, decreased from 37,423 in 2008 to 33,808 in 2009.

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Agency calls for truck safety technologies

In fatal crash investigation, the NTSB calls for a fatigue management system, event recorders and collision warning systems.

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