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Trucking Industry Readies for Unified Registration System

Any effort to get “chameleon” commercial carriers off the road has my support. And because of that, I stand fully behind the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s pending Unified Registration System. The URS aims, in part, to keep better tabs of commercial carriers who are cited as “out-of-service” for repeat violations, only to resurface under …

More News on the Trucking Industry’s Adoption of ELDs

I often hear trucking companies and truck drivers complain that electronic logging devices don’t leave room to accommodate real-life driving situations. When I hear comments like that, I interpret it to mean, “ELDs keep me from being able to fudge my log books.” Like it or not, ELDs are taking a foothold. Trucking industry studies …

Trucking Industry Takes a Step Back with Skills Test Rule Reversal

We were in full support of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rule that required truck driving schools to send trainees to third-party instructors for skills testing. Objectivity, we believe, is critical in maintaining the integrity of truck driver training. So we were somewhat disappointed when word came down earlier this week that the FMCSA …

Market Making Its Own Push for Standardizing EOBRs

While lawmakers and trucking industry officials continue to squabble over legislation that would mandate truck drivers’ use of electronic on-board recording devices, truck manufacturers are implementing advances in technology and taking matters into their own hands. Most recently, Volvo unveiled its plans to collaborate with two telematics providers to offer factory-installed fleet management systems on …

IIHS Calls for Better Tractor-Trailer Underride Guards

Tractor-trailer underride guards have saved countless lives by preventing passenger cars from sliding beneath an 18-wheeler during an accident. But as personal injury attorneys who have represented victims of catastrophic truck accidents, we’re glad to see that the industry strives for even more reforms concerning underride guards. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety believes underride …

New FMCSA Data includes Lack of Seat Belt Use

Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released safety data from 2011, including the following: One-third of truck occupant fatalities occurred when occupant was not wearing a seatbelt; 64% of large truck fatal crashes occurred on rural roads; of the 530 fatal crashes in work zones in the country, 27% — or 144 …

Anti-Indemnification Laws Aim to Hold At-Fault Parties Responsible

Put in the simplest terms, trying truck accident cases – or any personal injury legal matter, for that matter – is about holding an at-fault person or entity responsible for their negligence. With that in mind, we were proud to have played even a small role in helping Michigan shape its recently passed anti-indemnification law, …

High-Tech Gadgets Help Truckers Comply with HOS Regulations

Similar to how companies like Apple long ago put our music collections on our cell phones, other tech-based businesses have made huge strides in simplifying life for truck drivers and the carriers that monitor their driving patterns. GPS technology has become a standard tool of the road for drivers everywhere, guiding people to points all …

Truck Driver Break Laws at Issue in Federal Appeals Court

Anybody with a connection to the commercial trucking industry should pay careful attention to a pending federal appeals court ruling concerning California’s law on truck driver breaks. Whichever ruling the court hands down has the potential to send ripples across the trucking industry nationwide. At issue is California’s meal- and rest-break law, which mandates that …

FMCSA Continues Grappling with Entry-Level Truck Driver Training Rules

When you consider all that has happened in this country in the past two decades, it’s somewhat remarkable to then think about one thing that hasn’t happened. We’re still trying to establish entry-level truck driver training requirements. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration continued down the long road to creating those standards when it recently …

Trucking Industry Shouldn’t Compromise Traction for Fuel Savings

As a proponent of measures that lessen the trucking industry’s impact on the environment, I am in full support of programs such as SmartWay that continue to seek out ways to increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But those advances must be adopted wisely. We shouldn’t compromise something as important as public safety …

NTSB Releases Top 10 Safety Concerns for 2013

It’s never too early to begin lining up your New Year’s Resolutions. The National Transportation Safety Board, the federal agency charged with investigating major transportation-related accidents, recently unfurled a list that identifies the major issues it plans to take on in 2013. Not surprisingly, the NTSB plans to slay some big dragons in the coming …

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