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Senate Bill MAP-21 Pushes Trucking Safety Provisions

In a scaled-down transportation bill that targets $109 billion over two years, the U.S. Senate passed MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) by a vote of 74-22. With it comes a number of trucking safety provisions that … Continue reading

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Obama Pushes to Extend Alternative-Fuel Tax Credit to Trucks

After touring a truck factory in North Carolina last week, President Barack Obama outlined to plant workers his proposal for a new federal tax credit that would encourage carriers to add to their fleets vehicles powered by natural gas or … Continue reading

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NTSB: Ban All Cell Phone Use While Driving

Truck drivers who’ve felt singled out by talk of cell phone bans can take heart: It’s not just about trucks anymore. Thanks to a strong correlation between fatality crashes and cell phone usage while driving, on Tuesday the five-person National … Continue reading

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Ferro Urges Stronger Trucking Legislation as Fatalities Soar 18% in 2010

With the revised Hours of Service ruling tied up in hearings, there’s grim news on U.S. trucking fatalities. An estimated 4,000 trucking-related deaths scarred our roads in 2010, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro, who revealed these … Continue reading

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NTSB Responds to Kentucky Crash: No Cell Phones for CMV Drivers in All States

Was a Connecticut school bus driver talking on his cell phone just before a fatality crash last year? It’s a timely question, and one that a Connecticut trucking attorney is pressing as he files suit against that bus driver. It’s … Continue reading

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UPDATE: New Trucking Bill Would Reward Purchasers of VORAD Systems

July 12, 2011 — A new piece of trucking legislation moving through both houses would drive higher spending on collision warning systems such as Bendix’s VORAD. Two and a half years ago, when we wrote the post below about Eaton … Continue reading

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FMCSA Seeks to Regulate Shippers, Brokers, Receivers

Many factors contribute to trucking accidents. Recognizing this, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed an expansion of its scope to cover shippers, brokers and receivers. The proposed “Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2011-2016 Strategic Plan: Raising the Safety … Continue reading

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Tax Credits May Boost Trucking Safety Technology

Better trucking safety technology through tax credits. That’s the thinking behind Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)’s newly introduced trucking legislation, which rewards fleets with five-year tax credits for 50% of the costs of safety systems. The technologies cover collision warning/mitigation, brake-stroke … Continue reading

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New Studies May Delay FMCSA Hours of Service Ruling

Will the FMCSA miss its July 26 deadline for posting a final hours rule? This week, the agency placed into its hours-of-service docket four new studies on driver fatigue — all of which suggest that stricter standards saves lives. It … Continue reading

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Safe Roads Act 2011 Aims to Close Truckers’ Drug Test Loophole

The Safe Roads Act, a new trucking safety bill sponsored by Mark Pryor (D-AR) and John Boozman (R-AR), would tighten up the handling of truckers’ drug and alcohol tests. It would require medical review officers, employers, and service agents to … Continue reading

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