WASHINGTON, D.C. — Safety officials in the U.S. are recommending what it calls the “life saving benefits” of a technology to become standard on all new commercial and passenger vehicles.
A new National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Special Investigation Report, The Use of Forward Collision Avoidance Systems to Prevent and Mitigate Rear-End Crashes stresses that collision avoidance systems can prevent or lessen the severity of rear-end crashes, to help save lives and reduce injuries.
According to statistics from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end crashes kill about 1,700 people every year and injure half a million more. More than 80% of these deaths and injuries might have been mitigated had the vehicles been equipped with a collision avoidance system.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Wednesday it has finalized rules requiring electronic stability control (ESC) systems on new commercial trucks and large buses. The regulations require the systems on Class 6-8 trucks plus large buses exceeding 26,000 pounds in gross weight. Compliance will be evaluated using a “j-turn” test that replicates a curved highway off-ramp. The rules will take effect for most heavy trucks two years from publication of the regulations while some of the largest buses will have longer to comply. Canada is expected to adopt similar regulations.
ALBANY, GA — The long arm of the law has caught up to two people in the U.S. in case that started with charges of violating federal trucking regulations, but expanded to include one person receiving a life sentence in prison for trying to kill a co-conspirator. According to news releases from the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Transportation Department, on May 15, a federal court in Georgia granted a motion filed by federal prosecutors to dismiss charges against Devasko Lewis for conspiracy to criminally violate an imminent hazard out-of-service order issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The dismissal of the federal case was based upon the sentencing of Lewis on April 17 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of a relative of a federal witness.
ARLINGTON, VA — The amount of for-hire truck freight moved in the U.S. fell in April to its lowest level in a year, according to the American Trucking Associations. Its seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index declined 3% from the month before following a revised gain of 0.4% in March.
The April index reading of 128.6 is the lowest level since April 2014. The all-time high of 135.8 was reached in January 2015.
ARLINGTON, VA — Revenue in the U.S. trucking industry last year hit its highest level on record, topping U.S.$700 billion, according to the latest edition of American Trucking Trends from the American Trucking Associations.
ATLANTA, Ga. – UPS announced today that it has agreed to purchase renewable natural gas for its delivery vehicle fleet from Clean Energy Fuel Corp. The new agreement signifies UPS’s plan to significantly expand its use of renewable natural gas…
LOS ANGELES, LONG BEACH & SAN DIEGO, CA — After a week of striking at port terminals and businesses across southern California, truckers from all of the affected companies returned to work on Friday, May 1.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A battle that has pitted fleets, truck drivers, associations and governments against one another over the issue of speed limiters on trucks in Canada is heating up south of the border in anticipation of new regulations. The National Motorists Association (NMA) and Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) on Tuesday issued a joint statement questioning claims made by the fleet-backed group the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and it urging U.S. regulators that all trucks need speed limiters programmed to 65 mph.
TORONTO, Ont. — Joanne Mackenzie still remembers her first long-haul trip as a professional driver. Sent to New Jersey with a newly-minted licence and practically no on-the-job experience, and told to follow another driver who’d been on the job just…
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Attendees at the NTEA Green Truck Summit were urged to “stay the course” and to remain committed to greening their fleets through the use of alternative fuels and other technologies, despite lower diesel prices. Stephe Yborra, director…
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Silver Eagle has come out with a converter dolly that automatically telescopes at highway speeds to reduce the gap between trailers. Testing has shown a fuel savings of 2.5% can be delivered by the new T-Dolly. It…