New Legislation for Truck Driver Safety Waiting in the Wings

There may not seem like there’s all that much connection between tractor-trailer safety and the spread of the now-infamous Zika virus, but as it turns out, there actually is. Awaiting the signature of President Obama are two crucial items of legislation: one raises the funding to prevent and stop the Zika virus from spreading throughout the country, while the other

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Self-Declaration System for Driver’s Health Contributing to Accidents

The FMSCA’s self-certification system for truck and bus drivers in its current form has a lot of loopholes, and it’s contributing to instances of unfortunate crashes and other accidents. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) regulations, commercial vehicle drivers, like for buses and trucks, must fill out a questionnaire wherein existing illnesses and other physical conditions must be

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FMCSA Set to Implement “Beyond Compliance” Program for Road Safety

Thanks to the Fast Act (America’s Surface Transportation Act) passed in December of 2015, carrier companies will now be incentivized to improve their road safety measures through the new “Beyond Compliance” program. The Act requires the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to ensure implementation of the said program at least 18 months after the law is enacted. Status Quo

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Lyons Limousine is Public Safety Hazard, Ordered to Shut Down

On April 1, 2016, Mary and Patrick Lyons, proprietors of Lyons Limousine, LLC, were officially ordered to immediately and absolutely cease their intra and interstate operations. The order, announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), was based on the findings of their investigation that the company did pose imminent hazard to the safety of

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Changing Names Help Truck Companies Shirk Liability

Government regulatory agencies for transportation like the FMCSA are authorized to close down a trucking company if the company’s trucks have been involved in too many collisions and have several violations recorded. These companies are deemed by the agency to be too risky and can endanger the lives of people. But companies like these have a way of circumventing the

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Figures that Show the Status of the US Trucking Industry

As more trucks hit the roads, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) aims to measure how big the trucking industry is. The agency recently released its 2016 statistics on large trucks and buses. This data gives an overview of the US trucking industry and can help formulate safety policies to decrease large trucks and buses-related crashes, injuries and fatalities.

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Trash Truck Kills 8-Yr Old Boy in Newport Beach

A garbage truck that was contracted by Newport Beach to collect garbage killed an eight-year old boy at an intersection in a residential area near a high school. It is not clear what the circumstances were regarding the accident as the fire department discovered the boy at the back of the truck. He had suffered “massive injuries,” according to the

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Observing the Speed Limit Saves Lives

The law on speed limiter on heavy-duty trucks has been dragging on for nearly ten years. RoadSafe America and the American Trucking Associations are the main petitioners of this legislation and lately, it has been getting its share of attention. The proposal, which has been delayed for years now, will not be published until spring/summer of 2016. Under this law,

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