safety

Take CSA challenge: Win iPad, $5,000

The folks at Big Truck TV, in partnership with AT&T, have announced a competition taking applications from potential competitors, including you, through early February. "The CSA Challenge will comprise six challengers being chosen to compete over a two-month period," or 10 weeks, says Michael Carpentier, Big Truck TV CEO. Each challenger will receive an iPad2 with which to answer questions over the 10-week period by recording video answers, to be posted online and voted on ...

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Driver action on sleep apnea, CSA, EOBRs, cross-border trucking

Regular readers will recall my post from last month following the first annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention, which spurred on driver advocate Frederick Schaffner to be a presence in D.C. at the November meeting of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committtee. There, a large part of the discussion was devoted to standards for electronic onboard recorders for hours-of-service compliance. Schaffner has annotated MCSAC's task report emerging from that meeting with his own series of ...

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Citizen to accident lawyers: Lighten up on anti-truck ads

"How many times a day do you hear on TV ads from lawyers making statements such as, 'big trucks can cause serious injuries?'" So asked a reader, Bill Hughes, of the Tennessean newspaper, based in my home base of Nashville. I know the folks he's talking about, of course, as I'm sure do you in whatever television market you happen to be. Despite the real message such ads deliver -- that truckers and trucking companies can ...

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Has CSA hit you? And: DeFazio’s cross-border backlash

Today, a novel suggestion from the folks at J.J. Keller, who conducted a webinar yesterday aimed at providing carriers large and small with tools to combat the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, nearly a year into its history as the safety ranking system of record. This one has to do with the so-called "interventions" FMCSA's been conducting with carriers since the program went live last December. Anybody seen a warning letter, ...

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A novel ‘hot load’ strategy

Next time somebody tells you they've got a "hot load" and you best to do everything and more in your power to get it there on-time, you may do well to point the speaker in the direction of a new story in the National Law Journal. In it, plaintiff's attorney Kent Emison goes to great lengths to detail the vast amounts of data available to legal teams working truck-accident cases. I spoke with the Langdon ...

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Panel discusses response to CSA, hours of service

A panel of three fleet executives discussed Thursday morning the changing outlook of the trucking industry during the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference in Dallas. CSA regulations, electronic on-board recorders, hours of service and driver recruitment have garnered attention from fleets recently. Russell Stubbs, president and CEO of FFE Transportation Services; Robert Low, president and founder of Prime Inc.; and Don Orr, president and CEO of Central Freight Lines, discussed the impact of these issues on truck ...

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Service deal at Midwest Pete dealer promotes safety with savings

If you missed the news yesterday, the network of Peterbilt dealers in Sioux City Truck Sales has jumped in with support of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's “Buckle Up in Your Truck” safety campaign. Big deal, right? Well, yes. The dealer is putting its money where its mouth is on this one. In the coming months, owner-operators utilizing one of their four locations in Sioux City, Council Bluffs and Des Moines, Iowa, and Norfolk, Neb., ...

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Suspecting foul play in trailer deck collapse, car hauler vows vigilance

File this under "lessons learned," folks. On May 9, 2011, after an afternoon loading cars in Shreveport, La., car hauler Marc Pogrebneak wheeled over to the Petro off I-20 for a quick shower, dinner and a call to his wife. He was set to roll into West Texas to stage near his load's destination, and after a walk-around inspection of his truck, he set off. All seemed routine. But when he made his destination and got out ...

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Digital driving assistant

The Heavy Duty WatchDog device acts as a driving coach and provides visual and audio feedback on safety and fuel efficiency. A score ranging from A to F is displayed on the digital gauge package, depending on how well the driver is doing. The device can be integrated with GearMaster technology to help drivers keep track of the proper gear. The Heavy Duty WD works with Caterpillar, Cummins and Detroit Diesel engines. BULLY DOG, bullydog.com, (940) ...

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Unity diaries: Jason’s Law lives

It's been more than two years since New York trucker Jason Rivenburg was slain in South Carolina after being held up while parked at an abandoned commercial property. It's also been two years since House member Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) introduced the bill named for Rivenburg, "Jason's Law," to provide boosted funding for states to expand secure truck parking along freight corridors. As time drags on, oftentimes comparatively small initiatives tend to vanish from the memories of ...

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