Government, Safety

Commerce Committee Checks Up on FAST Act Safety Provisions

Members of the Commerce Committee in the Senate will look at how the 2015 highway law is affecting safety on highways and rails, and boosting freight connectivity.

July 12, 2016
Government, Business, Safety

Public Comment Period on Safety Fitness Determination Proposed Rule Ends on June 23

Public comments on FMCSA’s Safety Fitness Determination proposed rule were scheduled to end at the close of business on June 23.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 23, 2016
Editorial, Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

Editorial: Collision Technology Proves Its Worth

Let us pause for a moment and consider the number zero. As in, during a recent test, 150 heavy-duty tractors racked up 3 million U.S. highway miles and there were zero rear-end collisions.

June 20, 2016
Equipment, Safety

Safety Systems Start With Anti-lock Brakes

Meritor Wabco smoke machine

Sales of active safety systems are rising and, as of next summer, the first versions will become mandatory on new U.S. heavy-duty tractors. Two of the largest suppliers to truck makers keep making the systems more capable, but no matter how sophisticated they get, they all start with anti-lock brakes.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
June 17, 2016
Equipment, Business, Fuel

New Engine Oils Coming in December

Two new types of engine oils are coming to market Dec. 1. The heavy-duty oil specification that has been used for nearly a decade will be replaced by CK-4 and FA-4, and this crucial development is one of the cover stories in this issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
June 17, 2016

Graves Looks Back on ATA Tenure (with video)

Graves and Bill Canary on his first day in 2003/TT file photo

Trucking will continue to face familiar infrastructure funding battles as opportunity increasingly beckons for the industry to capitalize on dramatic technological advancements, said Bill Graves. And he should know.

June 13, 2016
Perspective, Business, Government, Safety

Opinion: Safety Is About Big Understanding, Not Big Data

Many years ago, when I was new to transportation safety, our team crafted five tenets for safety success:

June 13, 2016

DUI Case Exposes Gaps in Safety Screening

On a late afternoon in March, state troopers found truck driver Yakov Zaverukha lying on his back in a mud puddle beside his big rig that was stuck in a ditch just off Interstate 57 in central Illinois.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 13, 2016

Tires Are Special Focus at 2016 Roadcheck, But Air Lines, Leak Ruin One Trucker’s Day

WEST FRIENDSHIP, Md. — Jose Andrade has had better days than the one he had June 7. The driver for Dairy Maid Dairy of Frederick, Maryland, was behind the wheel of a truck that was pulled over and inspected as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 29th annual International Roadcheck.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
June 13, 2016
Business, Safety, Government

Brokers Split Over How to Ensure Carrier Compliance With ELD Mandate

Teletrac Inc.

Freight brokers are sharply divided about how to bring their carriers into line with the upcoming federal electronic logging device mandate.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
June 6, 2016