safety

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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A view on increasing safety through training in wake of historic Indiana bridge’s destruction

"It’s difficult to imagine how a driver could earn a CDL without understanding weights and how they pertain to axles, gross weight and bridge laws." --Ellen Voie

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Put down your hay forks and listen to how silly this sounds

"The parking issue is not insurmountable, but it will require action instead of lengthy surveys, data collection, and general gubmint messing around. The time has come to quit talking and start doing."

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New trucker-friendly hotel-booking engine

PTAG, the Professional Trucker's Association Group, has launched its "PTAG Safe Truck Parking Program," primarily a hotel-booking engine with negotiated discounts built in, the organization notes.

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iPhone app offers post-accident drug-test decision assist

The app, soon to be available for Android, offers an intuitive design to allow carriers to easily assess whether or not an event is an FMCSA-qualified accident requiring post-accident drug/alcohol testing.

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Return safety to drivers’ control: Fix the 14-hour rule

Texas-based Gary Carlisle weighs in on what Overdrive readers have named among the most-needed hours revisions. Also: it's bankruptcies that will drive up rates, not wide ELD use itself.

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Trucking contributions to the English language

Of "bumblebunnies" and "jerkoids" and other creative four-wheeler classifications -- "Screaming expletives all day gets old, even for me. There's only so many times you can yell the word before it loses effectiveness."

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Chris Behrens presents ‘Kunkletown close call’

Chris Behrens' near-miss with a triaxle dump coming his way down a rural road after the dump "passes a car on a double yellow line on a curve, coming into our travel lane."

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