FMCSA RELEASES 2014 LARGE TRUCK AND BUS CRASH FACTS ?>

FMCSA RELEASES 2014 LARGE TRUCK AND BUS CRASH FACTS

The annual edition of Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts, has been released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for 2014. Except for selected crash statistics on passenger vehicles presented for comparison purposes, the report is exclusively descriptive of statistics about fatal crashes, crashes resulting in injuries, and property damage-only crashes, involving large trucks and buses in 2014. The extensive data sources for the report come from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), recognized as the most reliable national…

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FDA RELEASES FINAL RULE ON FOOD SAFETY DURING TRANSPORT ?>

FDA RELEASES FINAL RULE ON FOOD SAFETY DURING TRANSPORT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a new food safety rule that will help prevent food contamination during transport. Under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), those carriers involved in transporting human and animal food will be required to follow recognized best practices for sanitary transportation, such as properly refrigerating food, adequately cleaning vehicles between loads and properly protecting the food during transport. The action is part of a larger effort to focus on prevention of…

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FMCSA SEEKS COMMENTS ON APPROPRIATE CMV FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ?>

FMCSA SEEKS COMMENTS ON APPROPRIATE CMV FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

FMCSA is seeking comments on current regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) carriers of property that cover public liability, property damage and environmental restoration, and carriers of passengers to cover public liability and property damage, to ensure an understanding of the sectors’ minimum levels of financial responsibility. Forms MCS-90 and MCS-90B and Forms MCS-82 and MCS-82B contain the minimum amount of information necessary to document that a motor carrier of property or passengers has obtained and has, in effect, the…

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National Work Zone Awareness Week Enters its Second Decade ?>

National Work Zone Awareness Week Enters its Second Decade

Every year in April, at the start of the spring season, National Work Zone Awareness Week provides an opportunity for the highway industry to remind the motoring public about safety while driving through work zones. For the past 10 years, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) have coordinated and sponsored this important event. According to the latest federal statistics, there were 514 fatal…

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ATA TRUCK TONNAGE INDEX CLIMBS TO RECORD HIGH IN FEBRUARY ?>

ATA TRUCK TONNAGE INDEX CLIMBS TO RECORD HIGH IN FEBRUARY

  The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index climbed 7.2% in February to 144, a record high. This follows a 0.3% dip in January (revised from an originally reported 1.4% decline). The index in February is up 8.6% compared to February 2015. ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, though, cautions against reading too much into February’s result. “The strength was mainly due to a weaker than average January, including bad winter storms, thus there was some catch-up going on in February,”…

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VOLVO TRUCKS ISSUES SAFETY RECALL OVER STEERING SHAFT CONDITION ?>

VOLVO TRUCKS ISSUES SAFETY RECALL OVER STEERING SHAFT CONDITION

Volvo Trucks North America has issued a safety recall for vehicles equipped with a greaseable two-piece steering shaft manufactured by Willi Elbe, and the company is directing owners of the vehicles to take them out of service. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), issuing its own Urgent Inspection Bulletin, calls this a “critical safety defect that could severely affect the safe operation of these vehicles due to a faulty two-piece steering shaft. This condition can lead to separation of the steering shaft…

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FMCSA to Hold Listening Sessions on Voluntary Compliance Benefits ?>

FMCSA to Hold Listening Sessions on Voluntary Compliance Benefits

  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is holding two public listening sessions in order to solicit information from transportation industry stakeholders on the potential benefits and feasibility of voluntary compliance in promoting safety beyond FMCSA standard regulations – Section 5222 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation – FAST Act. The FAST Act mandates that the FMCSA Administrator allow recognition for bus and truck carriers that install advanced safety equipment, enhance driver fitness measures, improve fleet safety management tools, technologies, programs and other…

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