safety

TCA names 18 safest fleets for 2017

The fleets are now eligible for one of two grand prizes – one for carriers with a total annual mileage of less than 25 million miles, and one for carriers with more than 25 million miles per year.

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CarriersEdge launches new trip planning, delivery training course

The new training module, “Trip Planning, Parking and Deliveries,” uses a mixture of text, graphics and photos, real-life illustrations, quizzes and more to deliver the content to drivers.

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Recall issued for 2.5 million Kidde fire extinguishers sold in trucks

According to the CPSC recall notice, nearly 38 million Kidde fire extinguishers are included in the recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 2.5 million of those were sold with trucks and RVs.

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Daimler recalls approximately 1,550 severe duty trucks

Affected trucks include 2015-2017 Freightliner 108SD, 2015-2017 Freightliner 114SD and 2015-2017 Freightliner Business Class M2 models built between Dec. 16, 2014, and April 27, 2017.

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FMCSA boosts education efforts to reduce highway fatalities

FMCSA is urging car drivers to stay out of trucks’ blind spots, make sure they can see truckers in the mirror before passing, not to cut in close in front of trucks, anticipate wide turns, avoid distractions and be patient when driving around trucks.

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Approximately 2,700 International trucks recalled

Navistar says the cause of the recall is the air dryer mounting bracket could fracture, causing the air dryer to separate from the frame with possible airline separation from the dryer, which could result in air system leaks or loss of air pressure to the brake system.

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‘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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Brake issue prompts recall of about 450 Western Star 4900 trucks

The recall affects 2015-2018 Western Star 4900 trucks manufactured between March 3, 2014, and Jan. 31, 2017, that were built with certain triple compartment aluminum air tanks. The company says these tanks could experience weld separation.

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Federal level action on truckers’ right to carry: Myth and attempted process

Two in five respondents to an Overdrive survey about carrying weapons have the mistaken belief that a federal law prohibits truckers from carrying a gun in their vehicle. Instead, only states have such laws, but because they vary widely, compliance becomes complicated for any gun-toting driver engaged in interstate commerce.

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