Safety en Outgoing FMCSA boss: Trucking safety, commerce go together <div class="field-deck"> Evolving industry, regulators in 'a marathon, not a sprint' </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Trucking needs to do a better job of promoting itself, outgoing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Scott Darling said Thursday in a last-day conference call with trade media. He also emphasized that safe trucking is the “linchpin” of the American economy.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Driver Management Resource Center News Regulations Safety Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:33:00 +0000 209991 at <p>FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling at a truck stop with Jim Johnston (middle), president of the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association, and truck driver Leo Wilkins (right).</p> OOIDA photo Old Man Winter and eight more reasons to consider TPMS in your trucks <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Winter is a perfect time to think about a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) for your trucks—that c-c-cold isn't very conducive to d-d-drivers wanting to check tire pressures. And here are eight more reasons to consider a TPMS now.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Safety Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:56:00 +0000 209461 at <p>Winter can make manually checking truck tires a real nuisance, and a tire pressure monitoring system, or TPMS, can offer relief and additionally benefit fleets in a number of ways, according to three manufacturers.</p> Aaron Marsh/ Fleet Owner Pro & Cons: Speed Limiters <div class="field-deck"> Provide increased safety or based on flawed logic? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) is proposing a new rule for heavy-duty truck operators that would set a maximum travel speed. The rule is expected to save more than $1 billion in fuel annually as well as improve safety efforts for drivers, trucks, and passengers across the country. The rule, proposed by DOT&rsquo;s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), would set important safety standards mandating all new vehicles with a gross weight of more than 26,000 lbs.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Safety Silver Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:47:00 +0000 209171 at Carrier requests split-sleeper flexibility for team drivers <div class="field-deck"> Improved rest improves safety, Dillon Transportation tells FMCSA </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Another fleet has asked FMCSA for some flexibility in the sleeper berth requirement so that team drivers “will experience better quality rest”—and be more safe. The request from Tennessee-based Dillon Transportation LLC, a 103-truck fleet with 50 team drivers, was published Friday in the Federal Register.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Safety Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:55:00 +0000 209061 at <p>Tennessee-based&nbsp;<a href="">Dillon Transportation LLC</a>&nbsp;has asked FMCSA to allow&nbsp;its team drivers to be able to choose between either a 3/7, 4/6, or 5/5 &ldquo;split&rdquo; hour sleeper berth break.</p> Sensible regulation <div class="field-deck"> The drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule will improve safety </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Nothing surprises me more than my conversations with TCA members. They are active, engaged and thoroughly look to gather as much information as they can to improve their fleet operations and the safety practices that accompany them.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Safety Silver Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:42:00 +0000 208921 at Proposed rule would mandate, standardize 'V2V' vehicle-speak <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Vehicle-to-vehicle, or V2V, technology — one of the promising new possibilities taking shape as part of "smart cities" or "smart infrastructure" — took a step today toward becoming not an if but a when under an NHTSA proposed rule.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Safety Technology Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:04:00 +0000 208781 at <p>One day, if vehicles are required to be able to &quot;talk&quot; to each other by sending and receiving safety information messages via standardized V2V communication, NHTSA believes it could prevent &quot;hundreds of thousands&quot; of collisions every year.</p> Aaron Marsh/ Fleet Owner Buying into safety: One fleet’s view <div class="field-deck"> “Our first job is to protect our team,” says Baylor Trucking’s president. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Cari Baylor, president of <a href="">Baylor Trucking</a>, is big believer in the benefits of high-end safety technologies, despite the often high-end price tag that comes with them.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Safety Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:52:00 +0000 208771 at <p>Baylor Trucking, headquartered in Milan, IN and founded in 1946, today operates a fleet of 200 power units and 715 trailers, serving mainly the eastern U.S. from its terminal located in Portland, TN. (<em>Photo courtesy of Baylor Trucking</em>)</p> Bendix unveils multimedia center for trucking industry <div class="field-deck"> Industry professionals can stay connected to trucking topics and trends at free site with 24/7/365 accessibility, company says </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">Bendix</a> is unleashing what it calls &ldquo;a trove of commercial vehicle knowledge&rdquo; at its website <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. The site&rsquo;s new multimedia center, called Knowledge Dock, is devoted to helping trucking professionals stay connected to the industry by keeping them updated on the latest in truck operation, maintenance, and safety &ndash; while also examining trucking trends and technology developments, according to Bendix.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Technology Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:38:00 +0000 208711 at <p>Bendix&#39;s new multimedia center, Knowledge Dock, is devoted to helping trucking professionals stay connected to the industry by keeping them updated on the latest in truck operation, maintenance, and safety.</p> 2016's Top 10 Dash Cams <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>While it began as something semi-serious to get readers headed into the weekend, Friday’s Dash Cam of the Week has become the most popular feature on American Trucker, our publication geared to owner-operators. And, when done right, the video clips educate as much as they entertain.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:53:00 +0000 208611 at PeopleNet taps Osiecki to strengthen compliance efforts <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">PeopleNet</a> announced it has selected David J. Osiecki to consult and work on behalf of PeopleNet as part of its ongoing efforts to help customers strengthen their safety and compliance.</p> <p>Osiecki is the president and CEO of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting, a new venture that is focused on providing advisory services and the implementation of programs to companies in the transportation industry.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Safety Technology Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:12:00 +0000 208601 at