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MAP-21 Change: Companies MUST Prevent Bad Truck Drivers from Driving

Posted in Safety
MAP-21 made significant changes in the trucking industry regulatory scheme. One change is that Section 32307 of MAP-21 was amended to prohibit employers from allowing employees to drive when the employer knows or should reasonably know that the the driver is disqualified,or when the employee’s driver’s license was suspended, revoked, or canceled. This final rule, issued October 1,… Continue Reading

Does CSA Make the Roads Safer? Evidence Says Yes According to FMCSA

Posted in Safety
 On July 11, 2012, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Deputy Administrator Bill Bronrott testified about the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program before the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Small Business. Deputy Bronrott’s written testimony discusses CSA’s safety benefits and its impact on small businesses, and is posted on FMCSA’s Website. Some of the… Continue Reading

Truck Industry Upset FMCSA Isn’t More Responsive – Are They Looking for A Rubber Stamp?

Posted in Safety
The American Transportation Association (ATA) was recently quoted as telling the FMCSA that it needed to be "more responsive" to the trucking industry. Isn’t enough that there is a revolving door between the FMCSA and the Trucking industry? Trucking officials haul off to DC for a few years, ensure legislation is passed favorable to the industry… Continue Reading

Truck Driver Fired for Having Beer in His Truck

Posted in Safety
Recently I was asked whether a truck driver could have unopened beer and alcohol in his truck. I took a look at the safety regulations and determined the driver could not. The regulation states:   § 392.5  Alcohol prohibition.  (a) No driver shall— (3) Be on duty or operate a commercial motor vehicle while the driver possesses wine …, beer… Continue Reading

Heavy Truck Bill Defeated – For Now…

Posted in Safety
I have previously blogged on the danger of large trucks on the roads, (Bigger Trucks are Bigger Problems, Heavy Trucks Take Toll on Bridges and Highways, and Overloaded Trucks Kill)  so I am extremely happy to tell you that the Truck Safety Coalition reported today that:   Yesterday the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee marked up its major surface transportation bill, HR… Continue Reading

ACTION NEEDED TO STOP TRUCK SIZE AND WEIGHT INCREASES

Posted in Safety
 January 25, 2012 House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Mica is expected to release the multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill (H.R. 7) imminently. Congressman Jimmy Duncan is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit on that Committee and is very influential as such. Trucking interests are lobbying for increases to federal truck sizes and weights… Continue Reading

Truck Fatalities and Injuries Increase in 2010

Posted in Safety
NHTSA stated that both injuries and deaths from trucks increased almost 10% in 2010, a surprise since the economy has kept people, and trucks off the roads. Combine the economy with the fact that cars are (generally speaking) safer every year – and there were the fewest overall deaths on the road in 60 years in 2010 – the… Continue Reading

Truck Drivers on Drugs – Meth

Posted in Safety
I post frequently on the danger of impaired drivers, and specifically the dangers from impaired truck drivers. Not much surprises me anymore, this one did:  State police report finding meth labs in truck The Courier-Journal August 18, 2011 A Mississippi truck driver was arrested Thursday morning after Kentucky State Police found two active methamphetamine labs in… Continue Reading

OIDA ALMOST GETS IT RIGHT ON MEXICAN TRUCKING

Posted in Safety
Recently Todd Spencer, vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OIDA) stated "This program [full access to the US of Mexican domiciled trucking companies] will jeopardize the livelihoods of tens of thousands of U.S. based small-business truckers and professional truck drivers and undermine the standard of living for the rest of the driver community."  He… Continue Reading

Truck Underride Wrecks Preventable – New Article in TrialNews

Posted in Safety
  Truck underride guards often fail, study says  Courtney L. Davenport                                                                                                       May 5, 2011   Underride guards on the backs of large trucks frequently fail to prevent a passenger vehicle from sliding under a truck during a collision, according to a report issued last month by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). “Hitting the… Continue Reading

Morgan Adams Quoted In Chattanooga Times Free Press on Trucking Safety

Posted in Hours of Service, Safety
Bill ignites war of words over trucking safety   by Ellis Smith Ringgold, Ga., widow Cindy Whitaker lost her husband, brother and niece in 2009 when a bucket truck hit their vehicle head-on. Now she’s pushing for tighter federal regulations for truckers, even as the trucking industry points to federal statistics indicating that America’s roads… Continue Reading

What’s Up Radio Program Appearance on NAFTA Trucking with Terry Lowry

Posted in Safety
SHOULD MEXICAN TRUCKS BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE ANYWHERE IN AMERICA? IF NOT, WHY NOT? Discussed by Morgan Adams with Truck Injury Lawyer Blog (www.TruckInjuryLawyerBlog.com) Morgan Adams joins us today sounding a warning against allowing ‘Mexican Trucks’ to be driven anywhere and everywhere throughout America. There will not be strict screening of the drivers of the… Continue Reading

NAFTA AGREEMENT WITH MEXICO UNFAIR TO U.S. TRUCKING COMPANIES

Posted in Safety
Another concern with Mexican trucks coming into the U.S. is the disadvantage it will place on American trucking companies. Currently the methodology in the CSA2010 safety rating process compares fleets with similar numbers of inspections to one another. So in the US, all trucks are subject to inspection and all trucks are used to determine the safety rating.… Continue Reading