safety

The Roadcheck effect

Take a visit to the mechanic? Go through the truck with a fine-toothed comb? ... How do you prepare for the annual 72-hour inspection blitz? It's coming soon -- June 2-4.

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As speed limiter rule nears, OOIDA and ATA butt heads over regulating truck speeds

With a proposed rule to mandate the use of speed limiters on heavy trucks looming in the coming months, two of the trucking industry's biggest lobbying groups reiterated last week their stances on the rulemaking.

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Inward-facing problems

"Carriers have finally found a way to lower the quality of new drivers.... In the words of Moon Unit Zappa, 'Gag me with a spoon.'..."

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Tim Rickards presents ‘Chicago merge’

File under: Dashcam Central's "Hall of four-wheeler shame." Says Rickards: "One of many Chicago merges to share just west of the 80-94 split. Plenty of room behind me."

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The trucking jubilee

"It ain't no party for the fish involved, and it ain't no disco for the drivers, but the fat cats eat well, and fill their coffers with easily caught fish, who are addled and unsure of their surroundings."

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Science doesn’t lie

"I propose that all the people who think it's a good idea to further castrate the big diesel engine should have to drive a governed truck in full-on bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic around Atlanta on 285, where the median speed is 'balls to the wall.'"

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POLL: Will the GermanWings crash result in changes that improve air travel safety?

With pilots around the U.S. sounding familiar to many truckers on subjects of safety, medical certification, and more, this poll probes reader opinion on potential changes that could result following the recent disaster.

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When airline pilots sound like, well, highway pilots

With French media reporting apparent location of the second "black box" from the GermanWings flight, a note about some reporting that rung some familiar bells on the line between profit, safety.

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Congress’ latest alert over CSA scores

New House bill 1371 would pull carrier CSA scores from public view, require FMCSA to revamp program.

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GAO rep: FMCSA’s app the latest misstep in pushing ‘unreliable’ CSA scores

Susan Fleming of the Government Accountability Office said FMCSA's smartphone app release this week, which highlights carriers' CSA ratings, again exposed the need to remove the scores from public view.

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