safety

‘Driverless’ vehicles: Their inevitability and increased fatigue risks

In the scrum over autonomous vehicles, news from the 10th annual international "Managing Fatigue" conference in San Diego sees the fatigue science and regulatory community bracing for tech advancements. Some research shows counterintuitive safety results, however.

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Safety technologies in the eye of Senate hearing

Safety observers and one fleet representative testified before a Senate subcommittee about what can be done to increase safety in trucking -- various technologies were the principle subject of the discussion.

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Tennessee carrier’s safety awards offer atonement for past mistakes, new beginnings

Lots of carriers have driver rewards programs, but how many use them in part to honor crash victims who perished at the fault of their own drivers? TN-based Conard Transportation's Jeanne Mannes award is just such a program, recently awarding more than $8,000 to three company drivers in its first year.

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High driver turnover correlated with higher OOS, crash volumes and CSA scores

Data firm Vigillo found a close correlation between high turnover and generally more negative carrier numbers in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's compliance rating program. Also: FAST Act CSA requirements update -- suggested CSA changes expected late Spring/early Summer.

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Alert to DOT: Industry shows unity against safety-rating change in light of CSA’s problems

A recent letter, urging DOT to scrap the Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking as premature, brings in a large variety of state and private industry associations as signatories, including ATA, OOIDA, NASTC and WSTA. The broad nature of the coalition should "indicate how seriously everyone views this issue."

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Roundup: DPFs and fire, football and truck stops

A lawsuit filed by the Alliance for California Business pushes again against the California Air Resources Board's emissions regs over the issue of DPF safety and fires. Plus: NFL rookie of the year Dak Prescott's connection to trucking.

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North Dakota contemplating 80-mph speed limit

How fast is fast enough? Revisiting the question in light of a potential boost in speed limits to 80 mph in North Dakota, and more on Trump's two-for-one out/in regulatory order ...

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Mailbag: ‘Common sense, you’ve got it for a reason’ — Use your CB, already, readers say

And if you don't run with a CB, get one. Too many seem to think that the CB is little more than a "movie prop from a silly movie from the 1970s," as Kenneth Williams put it, echoing the sentiment of a bevy of drivers in response to Scott LeVan's anecdote about a deadly crash whose severity have been less had CBs been used effectively.

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Navistar recalling certain model year 2017 trucks for potential battery problem

Navistar says the affected vehicles have a metallic battery cover that could unlatch and contact the battery’s jump start stud, causing an electrical short to ground if the jump start stud isn’t covered.

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Scott LeVan’s radio warning to drivers ahead of deadly EB I-80 crash went unanswered

Driver LeVan used his CB to broadcast several warnings to EB drivers to spread out, impending a traffic back-up ahead, before a later crash that killed two truckers in Pennsylvania. Yet another reason to keep the radio on.

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