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February 14, 2007 1:00 PM, EST

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ATA Seeks Alerts to Fleets on Drivers’ CDLs

American Trucking Associations filed a petition with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week seeking amendments to rules regarding employer notification and drivers.The petition, ATA said, would allow states to notify companies when a driver receives a traffic violation, conviction or other change to the status of his or her commercial driver license.“These programs address a regulatory loophole that allows some serious traffic convictions to go undetected for several months,” ATA President Bill Graves said. Transport Topics

ATRI Seeking Input for Speed-Governor Survey

The American Transportation Research Institute is working with trucking industry partners to analyze the potential safety impacts of speed differentials that may exist between cars and trucks on the road.ATRI is investigating possible differences created by posted speed limit differentials, speed governors and excessive/illegal speeds in contributing to truck-car safety issues,The group is seeking the participation of motor carriers that use or have experience with speed governors, and the survey can be accessed online at: truckline.com/SpeedGovernorSurvey.ATRI, a not-for-profit research organization research arm of the trucking industry, is an affiliate of American Trucking Associations. Transport Topics

Idaho Eyes Raising Truck Speed Limit to 70 MPH

Idaho state Sen. Tim Corder (R) has proposed a bill that would raise the speed limit for heavy-duty trucks on Idaho‘s interstate highways to 70 mph from 65 mph.The proposed legislation also would reduce the speed limit for passenger cars on state roadways to 70 mph from 75 mph, which Corder said would result in fewer collisions by decreasing the number of “vehicle interactions” on the road.Corder told the Idaho Senate Transportation Committee that different speed limits for cars and trucks lead to more vehicles passing each other, which in turn leads to a greater number of crashes.But Paul Sudmeier, president of the Idaho Trucking Association, said he was not convinced that truckers in the state would be enthused about the changes. “It’s not going to change the face of trucking in Idaho, that’s for sure,” Sudmeier told Transport Topics.Corder, who owns a trucking company, last year introduced a similar bill. That bill proposed raising speed limits for heavy-duty trucks to 75 mph but was never put to a vote. Transport Topics

Mitsubishi Fuso Recalls 60,000 Trucks Overseas

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. is recalling more than 60,000 heavy trucks because of a problem that may cause cracks in the vehicles’ wheel hubs, Japan’s Transport Ministry said. Subject to the recall are 55,057 trucks sold in Japan and about 5,500 trucks in six other countries, including China, Singapore, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia.The affected models were produced between October 1990 and December 2005. Transport TopicsPrevious Security & Safety Briefs