safety

RJ Taylor, trucker and founder of Ol’Blue, USA, has passed at age 75

RJ Taylor's 1950s Ol'Blue KW was part of the bedrock under his Ol'Blue, USA nonprofit -- the USA stood for United Safety Alliance, his own self-styled effort, working with a multiplicity of partners, to teach road safety to schoolchildren and the motoring public and bring together truckers and law enforcement.

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I’ll take ‘Education and Training’ for the safety, Alex

"Any coherent business owner will tell you education and training are your most important safety features, in any setting, commercial or otherwise. ... How is this being left out of the safety discussion?"

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OOIDA requests ELD mandate exemption for small businesses with no at-fault crash history

If granted, the exemption would include only such situated carriers who "do not have a Carrier Safety Rating of 'Unsatisfactory,' and can document a proven history of safety performance with no attributable at-fault crashes,'"

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A four-wheeler is a four-wheeler? Glen Brannon presents ‘Indiana State Police driving skills’

Watch out! There's a trooper coming out of the breakdown lane and he's not too worried that your truck's one lane over ... Today's Dashcam Central entry shows it pays to move over for police at the roadside, in more ways than one.

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Following along with the FMCSA

"Hi kids, and welcome to the first and only episode of 'Following along with the FMCSA.' Today our host, Dilly McDoodle, will talk about a few new rules and regulations the gubmint makes the general public believe increase productivity and safety on the highways of North America!"

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The double-billion burger they refuse to eat

"Pro-ELD propaganda does not address the true safety issue in the industry, and that is the sense that every driver is disposable. There's always another. (Thin mint, sir? No thank you. Bring me a bucket.)"

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Stop draggin’ this theoretical ELD report around

"Theories are great. I have some you'd probably be concerned about, therefore I don't share them. And I certainly don't present them as empirical evidence."

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High-touch fatigue monitoring: Too close for comfort?

How do you feel about driver-facing cameras? Or wearable devices that assess your alertness and project how quickly it will decline?

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An ELD rate boost? Maybe, but look out for the safety banana peel

"The real tragedy is the runaway economic and safety burden will fall on an unsuspecting public at a time when economic stress has been at an all-time high since the Great Depression." --reader and truck owner Gary Carlisle

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The difference between passionate speech and the truth

Passion is great, but the truth is often found far from it: The sleep apnea rulemaking being shelved does not mean a truck driver is now "more likely" to be nodding off behind the wheel, as noted a former Federal Railroad Administration official on CBS news.

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