Government, Safety, Business

Senate Panel to Examine Truck Safety July 29

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Safety concerns stemming from several recent truck accidents have prompted Senate transportation leaders to schedule a hearing July 29 to press regulators about their initiatives for improving highway safety.

Eugene Mulero/Samantha Gallegos | Staff Reporter/Special to Transport Topics
July 24, 2014

Roadcheck Safety Inspections Target Driver Logs, Hazmat Transport

Inspector Marvin Balsoma/Jonathan S. Reiskin for TT

Federal, state and local safety officials kicked off the annual Roadcheck event June 3 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, with the goal of pulling in 17 trucks and buses per minute across North America for 30-step, Level 1 safety inspections.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
June 4, 2014
Government, Business

Sen. Collins to Call for Changes to HOS Rule at Hearing Today

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is expected to offer an amendment today to a fiscal 2015 transportation funding bill that would address what her staff said are the unintended consequences of a federal truck safety rule that is opposed by much of the industry.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 3, 2014

Hersman Urges Tougher Action by FMCSA During Farewell Address as NTSB Chairman

WASHINGTON — The outgoing chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board urged the top federal truck-safety agency to ensure that fleets that do not follow hours-of-service rules are penalized and eventually shut down.

April 28, 2014

Outgoing NTSB Chief Hersman Urges FMCSA to Shut Down Unsafe Operators

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WASHINGTON — Deborah Hersman, the outgoing chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the top federal truck safety regulator has to ensure that companies that do not honor hours-of-service rules are penalized and eventually shut down.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 21, 2014
Government, Safety

Mass. Trucking Co. Sentenced For Bribing FMCSA Inspector

A Massachusetts trucking company owner was sentenced to one year of probation and a fine of $1,000 for paying a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration safety inspector $1,000 to produce a false report.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 14, 2014

NTSB Expects Preliminary Report on FedEx Calif. Crash in About a Month

The National Transportation Safety Board is assessing a series of questions surrounding last week’s crash of a FedEx Freight tractor-trailer and a bus in Northern California that killed 10 people and said it will have a preliminary report in about 30 days.

Michael G. Malloy | Web Editor
April 14, 2014
Perspective, Safety

Opinion: Creating a Culture of Prevention

In trucking, safety means everything. Yet, when we talk about safety, our attention focuses on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program scores, historical accident data and compliance standards. These elements, while important, do little to improve safety in the here and now.

April 14, 2014

FedEx Cooperating With Safety Officials Following Calif. Truck-Bus Crash

FedEx Corp. said the company “is cooperating fully” with officials investigating a crash in Northern California involving a FedEx Freight truck and a tour bus that killed 10 people.

April 11, 2014

Sen. Durbin Asks DOT’s Inspector General to Audit FMCSA Investigative Practices

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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has asked the Transportation Department’s inspector general for an audit of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices.

April 10, 2014