Posts Categorized: Trucks

January Safety Snapshot – Distracted Driving

No Distracted Driving Sign, Red stop sign with words Distracted Driving and accident icon with stormy sky background

Of the more than 65,000 people killed in motor vehicle crashes over the past two years, one in ten crashes involved at least one distracted driver, according to police report data analyzed by Erie Insurance in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a nationwide census of fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes maintained by the National… Read more »

Trucking Makes Montana Holidays Possible


Written by: Barry Stang Dining room tables set for a family feast. Storefront displays brimming with gifts to exchange with loved ones. Communities and friends joining together for holiday traditions. Bright lights on downtown trees and wreaths on doors. These are just some of the images I think about when the holiday season is upon… Read more »

CVSA Releases 2016 Brake Safety Week Results


Commercial motor vehicle enforcement members of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducted 18,385 CMV and brake system inspections during Brake Safety Week, Sept. 11-17, 2016. Inspectors reported 13.2% of inspections with out-of-service brake violations and 14.8% of inspections with non-brake related out-of-service violations, each inclusive of some with violations in both categories. During the week-long… Read more »

Safe Winter Driving Tips


Winter can be  a dangerous time to be on the roadway even for the most experienced drivers out there. Winter driving crash statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that slippery roads are no joke.  24% of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy, or… Read more »

CVSA’s 2016 Roadcheck Results


Commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout North America conducted driver and vehicle safety inspections on large trucks and buses during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck, June 7-9, 2016. International Roadcheck is a three-day event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle… Read more »

Zombies And Trucking And a Video Game? Oh, My!


Fleet management systems company Omnitracs unveiled a Halloween-timely PR effort in the form of an online game called Zombie Dispatch. And while it’s meant to be for fun, there are serious undertones. Sure, a zombie apocalypse is the stuff of popular fiction. But real emergencies such as the extensive flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew can… Read more »

FMSCA Eases Requirments On Military Personnel Looking To Obtain A CDL


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces a final rule (Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0051) on Oct. 12 that simplifies the process of obtaining a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) for current and former military personnel. Military members who drove commercial vehicles (CMV) in the service will now have a full year… Read more »

Operation Safe Driver Week Oct 16-22


The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver week will begin this Sunday on October 16 and run through Saturday, October 22. Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at combating unsafe driving behaviors by commercial and passenger vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s… Read more »

DOT Releases Federal Policy For Autonomous Vehicles

Scania senior engineer Tom Nysrom watches a film on an iPad while in the driving seat of a moving truck. Tom was demonstrating the self driving truck on the Scania test track near Stockholm in Sweden. The new truck system which, is still in development, was developed by Scania and allows the truck to drive safely, by itself, in slow moving traffic. The system is designed to enable a driver to rest while the truck is moving in heavy traffic at speeds up to 50 km per hour. Pic: Richard Pohle

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued on Sept. 20 a regulatory framework for vehicle manufacturers, state regulators and other stakeholders regarding the development and deployment of autonomous cars and trucks. The proposed policy initiative comes as both traditional automotive makers and tech giants march increasingly closer to readying such technology for public use. “Today,… Read more »