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New York State Trucking Law Helps Protect NYC Pedestrians

In New York City, trucking attorneys know that 70 percent of accidents involving pedestrians and large trucks occur because big-rig drivers cannot see people passing directly in front of their vehicles. A new New York state trucking law requires many large semis to be equipped with convex mirrors when operating in the city, so drivers …

Oregon Log Book Inspections Place 22 Percent of Drivers Out of Service

Oregon trucking enforcement officials conducted detailed inspections of commercial drivers’ log books and vehicles last month, resulting in 22 percent of big-rig drivers being placed out of service. Most of the violations involved driving too long without taking a mandatory rest break. Federal and Oregon trucking regulations demand that drivers keep track of the hours …

Oregon Truck-Crash Statistics Show Inspections Improve Safety

Oregon truck accident attorneys and safety advocates have proof that their commitment to safety is paying off. The state’s commitment to trucking safety is working, thanks in large part to regular, intensive inspections. According to an official state report, in 2009 Oregon had not only fewer truck crashes but also fewer fatalities and injuries in …

FMCSA Cracks Down on Unsafe Bus Companies

Unsafe bus lines are in the news again. As part of a nationwide effort to improve bus safety, North Carolina bus company ATA Trail received an immediate order to cease operations last week, after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared it an imminent hazard to public safety. FMCSA found that ATA drivers were: • …

FMCSA May Waive Hearing Rule for 20 Deaf Drivers

The Department of Transportation may break trucking regulation precedent by exempting 20 deaf or hard-of-hearing commercial drivers from federal minimum hearing requirements for Commercial Drivers Licenses. If it does, this would be the first time this regulation has been waived since it was established in 1988.  And it would be thanks in large part to …

Werner Adds Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) Across Fleet

Advances in trucking technology continue to make the roads safer and the jobs easier. Werner Enterprises is adding the Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) to all of its nearly 24,000 trailers. So far, just under 4,000 of Werner’s Wabash National vans have been equipped with this trucking technology from Pressure Systems International. The MTIS, which …

Michigan Truck Safety Commission

Michigan is the only State in America that has a Truck Safety Commission that is dedicated to commercial driver safety education and training.  The Michigan Truck Safety Commission has two primary groups that it sponsors.  One is the Traffic Safety Division of the Michigan State Police, who provide the enforcement of truck safety laws.  The …

Commercial Driver’s License Standards Getting Tighter in 2011

You don’t have to be a truck accident attorney to recognize this as good news: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is toughening standards for commercial driver’s license (CLD) testing and setting new minimum Federal standards for states to issue the commercial learner’s permit (CLP). These changes, part of a three-year effort to improve the driver …

New Studies May Delay FMCSA Hours of Service Ruling

Will the FMCSA miss its July 26 deadline for posting a final hours rule? This week, the agency placed into its hours-of-service docket four new studies on driver fatigue — all of which suggest that stricter standards saves lives. It is accepting public comment on the studies until June 8. Hours of service rules state …

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