safety

The Dipwad 500

Wendy on the most popular race going: "Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here. Truck stop racing is based on the premise that no one else around matters much, and safety is for the birds."

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The 500 million dollar question

"Since when were the words 'safety' and 'revenue' interchangeable? Oh that's right, I forgot. They became interchangeable the minute safety became a billion-dollar business."

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Tarping safety: ‘Don’t become a statistic this year’

"Be careful," notes owner-operator Pete Zimmer in this dispatch on tarping safety and the need for better safety practices at some load locations: "It's no secret that drivers are forced to tarp loads that are in unsafe conditions."

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National Fleet Safety Awards divisional winners named by TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has announced the divisional winners of its annual National Fleet Safety Awards.

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David Stout presents ‘Car loses control in front of my 18-wheeler in Ky.’

Looks like safe speeds in wet conditions saved operator Stout from a potential collision as a four-wheeler lost traction and ended up with its headlights pointed in Stout's direction in the lane ahead.

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Michael Kimball presents ‘Another impatient four-wheeler.’

A view from Kimball's dashcam of yet another "impatient four-wheeler passing me on the shoulder in Columbia, Mo."

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DOT rule to implement new carrier rating system published, FMCSA seeking comment

FMCSA has published a proposed rule that would reform the way it rates carriers and determines their overall safety fitness to operate, and the agency is accepting public comment on the proposal for 60 days.

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FMCSA issues rule proposal to tie safety rating directly to inspections, violations

Another month, another major rule proposed by FMCSA: The SFD rule would revamp the three-tier safety rating program to incorporate roadside inspection/violation data in addition to investigations and update monthly.

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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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Listening session: ‘Beyond compliance’ with the regulations — if, and how, to reward

Whatever you think about the in-progress "beyond compliance" program and its origins, the fact is it's in the works -- anyone with ideas on how it *should* or *shouldn't* be structured can weigh in via a listening session Jan. 12.

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