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March 12, 2021 3:00 PM, EST

U.S. Xpress Details Safety Initiatives It Has Deployed

U.S. Xpress truckSurvey respondents broadly agree that trucking companies should install video cameras and speed limiters on their vehicles. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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U.S. Xpress Enterprises detailed road safety practices it has deployed in a report released March 10.

The Safe Trucking Report highlighted practices such as robust liability insurance, hair testing for drugs, and fleetwide installation of event recorders, speed limiters and disc brakes. The report also incorporated commentary from safety and legal experts and consumer sentiment.

“Shippers entrust us with a huge responsibility and want to work with safety-conscious carriers who view the relationship between the parties as a true partnership,” Chief Legal Officer Nathan Harwell said in a statement. “Our customers are increasingly sophisticated and want a similarly sophisticated carrier partner.”

The report noted 76% of respondents agree that the government should increase the minimum amount of liability insurance for trucking companies to $2 million. It also found 71% agree trucking companies should use a hair sample for drug testing.

As for event recorders, 79% agree that trucking companies should be required to install video cameras. The report also found 74% agree that the installation of speed limiters on trucks should be required.

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