Unsafe Driving

Mere inches of a near miss: Quick evasive action saves truck from sure disaster

This dashcam vid comes from the Connecticut-based 250-truck Bozzuto's fleet. Says Tom Halpin, transportation safety manager at Bozzuto’s: "In the words of the driver," one of Bozzuto's most senior, "'I don't know if fell asleep or was distracted.' It was mere inches in a near miss."

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How ELDs could be the new radar guns

If the SFD process as proposed becomes regulation, and the ELD mandate isn't struck down by the federal courts or otherwise derailed, on-site auditors may garner an extra-effective tool in their arsenal for declaring a carrier Unfit on the basis of hours, moving violations.

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Things four-wheelers believe

"I've written several articles about things four-wheelers don't know about trucking and truckers, but there are some things I think they don't know about themselves that bear to be mentioned." ...

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Top 10 toughest states for traffic enforcement

Indiana, Delaware, Illinois top the rankings for violations that contribute CSA's Unsafe Driving measure. Often used by enforcement as a reason to inspect, without an attendant citation such violations can be notoriously difficult to challenge.

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Top 16 unsafe four-wheeler maneuvers; Big closure in Indy ongoing

Insurance.com's most recent consumer survey reveals some fairly common rude -- and unsafe -- practices among motorists; and: details on the Indianapolis South Split construction detour.

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Inconsistent enforcement: CSA’s heat index

State inspection intensity ratings range from Maryland, where 32 inspections per lane-mile of National Highway System were conducted during CSA's first two year, to Idaho, where only two inspections per lane-mile were done.

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Inconsistent enforcement: CSA vs. the independent

In the two years since CSA's advent, the smallest carriers have had a much greater chance of getting inspected and put out of service than drivers and trucks of the largest carriers.

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Manage MCS-150 data for CSA scoring

It's important for those with carrier authority to keep tabs on their annual self-reported vehicle-miles-traveled and power-unit information for CSA scoring purposes.

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Anne Ferro conferences on issues with owner-operators

Run-down of the Wednesday, June 20, 2012 call hosted by the Trucking Solutions Group with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro on critical industry issues. Find a summation of some of the major points with a link to the entire recorded call.

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LogBook

CSA rankings, a weight pilot program, use of heavier trucks and a new hours rule proposal are among the industry news items featured.

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