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FMCSA Names Safety Committees

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced the creation of two new federal advisory committees to gather industry and other stakeholder input on truck safety issues.The agency announced last week the creation of a new CDL Advisory Committee to address specific areas of the 15-year-old commercial driver licensing program.American Trucking Association federation members John Conley, president of the National Tank Truck Carriers, and Anne Ferro, President of the Maryland Motor Truck Association, were appointed to the CDL committee.FMCSA also announced creation of a Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, which will provide the agency with advice on regulatory policy, rule development, and regulation interpretation.Dave Osiecki, ATA’s vice president of safety, security and operations, was appointed to this committee. Transport Topics

Highway Watch Debuts Online Training

American Trucking Associations said it has rolled out a Web-based training module for its Highway Watch program.The system integrates elements from all currently available Highway Watch training modes, including audio, video and classroom instruction, ATA said.The online training can “significantly reduce operating costs for Highway Watch and our partners,” said Bill Jacobs, the program’s vice president. “It makes it much easier for truck drivers and other surface transportation professionals to receive the training and certification.”For drivers in Georgia, where Highway Watch certification is a prerequisite for receiving a commercial driver license, the program’s Web module can provide a temporary registration receipt as proof that a CDL candidate has completed the Highway Watch training program. Dan Leone

Insurance Co. Not Liable in Conn. Crash

A judge has ruled the insurance company for a Bloomfield, Conn., trucking company involved in a fatal crash does not have to pay victims and families of those killed, the Associated Press reported.The ruling involves American Crushing and Recycling’s insurance carrier, Acadia Insurance Co.A dump truck owned by American Crushing went out of control while heading down Avon Mountain, Conn., on July 29, 2005, and slammed into 19 other vehicles. The crash killed four people, including the driver, and injured 10 others.U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton ruled the truck was not insured at the time of the crash, AP reported. The ruling allows Acadia to keep $3 million in liability coverage, but allows victims to file claims against their own insurance company, AP said, citing an attorney. Transport TopicsPrevious Security & Safety Briefs