Safety en Trucking insurance: Technology may help stem rising premiums <div class="field-deck"> Yet the severity of jury verdicts in crash cases against motor carriers may not decline anytime soon. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The big spike in trucking insurance premiums that occurred in 2016 may ease up in the new year, but the major driver of those spikes &ndash; high-dollar <a href="">jury verdicts</a> in accident cases involving commercial vehicles &ndash; may dog the industry for some time to come, according to Todd Reiser, vice president of the transportation practice for the <a href="">Lockton Companies</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Safety Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:08:00 +0000 207431 at <p>&quot;Infrastructure improvements would be a boon for [trucking] safety. There are issues with traffic congestion and truck parking; and parking on [roadway] shoulders can create a liability situation.&quot; &mdash;Todd Reiser, vice president of the transportation practice for the Lockton Companies. (<em>Photo by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> Vocational Profile: Major focus <div class="field-deck"> It’s all about safety at Cypress Truck Lines </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The determination to continually enhance safety is of utmost importance to Cypress Truck Lines. &ldquo;We have more than 600 drivers, and they play a large role in how we maintain the highest safety standards,&rdquo; states Thad Penland, vice president. &ldquo;We have top-of-the-line equipment that helps them perform their jobs in the safest way possible, and our dedication to safety is also seen in the highly experienced, dedicated technicians in our maintenance facilities.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Fleet Management News Safety Silver Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:48:00 +0000 207251 at Who’s driving the limit? <div class="field-deck"> Enforce speed limits effectively before you cap only trucks </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Listening to truck drivers&rsquo; responses and concerns since the U.S. Dept. of Transportation proposed mandatory speed limiters on all new heavy trucks, something pretty obvious occurred to me: None of us is driving the speed limit.</p> <p>Even the cool-minded, sensible ones know you can do a good 5 to 7, maybe 10 mph over and not worry about getting a ticket. And that&rsquo;s pretty tame. When someone jokes that they&rsquo;ve &ldquo;got a bit of a lead foot,&rdquo; we smirk. We brag about this and openly flout speed limits, which you can argue are often set very conservatively.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Safety Silver Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:43:00 +0000 207151 at Trucking group lauds 34-hour restart ‘fix’ <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The American Trucking Assns. is lauding a congressional &ldquo;fix&rdquo; to the 34-hour restart rule. The hours-of-service issue is one of a number of items included in a Continuing Resolution that would keep the federal government operating past Friday, when current funding expires.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Safety Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:01:00 +0000 207131 at FMCSA ditches minimum hours requirement in final driver training rule <div class="field-deck"> Agency opts for “proficiency” standard for both knowledge and behind-the-wheel training </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>New drivers to the trucking industry seeking to obtain a commercial driver&rsquo;s license (CDL) will be required to show proficiency in both knowledge training and behind-the-wheel training on public roads under the new <a href="">entry-level driver training final rule</a> to be published tomorrow by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation&rsquo;s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Safety Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:14:00 +0000 207121 at <p>The final rule issued by FMCSA does not include a minimum number of hours of behind-the-wheel training.</p> Thinkstock Time running out for speed limiter comments <div class="field-deck"> Trucking interests not supportive of proposal, point to range of flaws </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The month-long extension is about up, so anyone who’d like to share his or her thoughts on the proposed speed limiter mandate for heavy-duty trucks has to hurry to file formal comments by the Dec. 7 deadline—adding to the current of collection of more than 4,000 opinions from truck drivers, trade associations, and safety groups.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Safety Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:08:00 +0000 207031 at Thinkstock Making advanced safety more driver-friendly <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Advanced truck safety systems are upping the technological ante by using data-ready "look ahead" systems like camera and radar to warn drivers and inform computer-controlled smart braking. Now, if they could only annoy drivers less.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Technology Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:43:00 +0000 206551 at <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Volvo Active Driver Assist</a> system, which is based on Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems&#39; <a href="" target="_blank">Wingman Fusion</a> technology, applies a tractor&#39;s brakes to prevent a collision with a stationary vehicle. Some drivers dislike such active safety systems because of alarms and warnings they provide or simply because they can take over control of the truck to prevent a collision.</p> Aaron Marsh/ Fleet Owner Q&A: Tips for managing driver medical exams <div class="field-deck"> Staying in compliance with the thicket-like rules regarding driver medical exams can be daunting for fleets. Two experts offer some tips on how to make the process easier. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="">Regulatory compliance</a> is not a chore any fleet looks forward to, but the costs of non-compliance &ndash; even if unintentional, committed solely by mistake &ndash; can leave a motor carrier facing monetary fines and unwanted extra scrutiny by any number of federal agencies.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Driver Management Resource Center News Safety Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:10:00 +0000 206391 at <p>A driver taking a DOT medical exam on the road that gets disqualified is considered &quot;out of service,&quot; even if they have time remaining on their old medical card. (<em>Photo courtesy of The Odyssey</em>)</p> Purkeys’ 5th Wheel Light to reduce dropped trailers <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Purkeys, a company focused on providing electrical solutions for the heavy-duty trucking industry, developed the <a href="">5th Wheel Light</a> to help drivers by illuminating the king pin lock-jaw position, which, according to the company, will help greatly reduce dropped trailers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Safety Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:31:00 +0000 205791 at NTSB Most Wanted: 10 slides <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>Calling the Most Wanted List “our roadmap from lessons learned to lives saved,” National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart on Monday rolled out the 2017-2018 roster of focus areas and recommendations, including the call for event recording devices in commercial vehicles, stricter monitoring of truck driver health, and more rapid adoption of collision avoidance technology.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Safety Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:05:00 +0000 205751 at