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A Good Fit: The secrets of healthy living on the road

November 8, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Sutco Transportation has invested in plenty of equipment over the years, but one of the latest additions in the name of recruiting and retention has nothing to do with the trucks. Tucked inside its facility in Kelowna, […]

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Is your Truck Putting You to Sleep?

August 15, 2018 by elizabeth

A ground-breaking bit of research from Australia has shown that low-frequency vibrations can make drivers drowsy. If this is true and the research is proven conclusive, it will call into question just about all we assume about truck crashes where the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel. Those drivers may in fact have been very drowsy but may not have been “fatigued” in an hours-of-service (HOS) context, the way that term is typically applied to “tired drivers.”

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PMTC to discuss marijuana, sleep apnea, ELD’s

February 22, 2017 by sehui

MILTON, ON – Marijuana in the workplace, sleep apnea, and Electronic Logging Device mandates will be the subject of the Private Motor Truck Council’s (PMTC’s) next regional seminar being held May 17 in Calgary, Alberta.

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Guardian has eyes on driver fatigue

October 2, 2016 by John Smith

The rule is to keep your eyes on the road, and the new Guardian system from Seeing Machines will ensure drivers are doing just that.

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Lack of sleep involved in 80% of highway deaths, says expert

May 25, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ABBOTSFORD, BC – The days of pulling all-nighters to earn bragging rights should be a thing of the past, says a sleep expert who addressed attendees at the 2016 Truxpo trade show last week in British Columbia.

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Transport Canada Says Electronic Log Devices Finally Coming

February 17, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

OTTAWA, ON – Transport Canada is hinting that when rules for electronic logging devices begin in the U.S. late 2017, Canada’s trucking industry will be in near lock step.

The logbook issue has drawn out for at least a decade as North American governments attempt to address safety concerns stemming from driver fatigue. The new system would see commercial truck and bus drivers switching from notepads to devices that automatically record driving time by monitoring engine hours, vehicle movement, kilometres driven and location information.

Truckers and bus drivers are allowed to behind the wheel for up to 13 hours in a day, but must be off-duty for 10 hours, eight consecutively.

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Fourth Time’s a Charm? Special interests fight truck hours – again

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON — Hoping to have better luck with an administration that’s perhaps more friendly to their interests, a familiar coalition of lobby groups is taking yet another swipe at the American hours-of-service rules.

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No basis for shorter HOS; Trucks safer than ever says ATA

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ARLINGTON, Va. — Just a few months after special interest groups convinced the U.S. DOT to rewrite hours of service rules because truckers supposedly weren’t safe enough, the industry posted the largest ever year-to-year drop in truck-involved fatalities.

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Breaking from Braking

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Speed is to be controlled with the transmission and engine, not your service brakes, writes Dan Dickey.

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Awake at the Wheel

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Trucking now recognizes obstructive sleep apnea as a significant safety concern. FMCSA could soon require drivers be screened for the disorder.

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Wake Up Call: Pilot project addressing driver fatigue from within

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

CALGARY — As regulators have spent the last few years breaking down a trucker’s driving ability by the hour, a handful of western minds got together in an effort to get to the core of driver fatigue.

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Who’s Tired on Canada’s Highways? Everyone

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Fatigue is a problem on our roads, for sure. But if you were to believe the media, the bureaucrats, and the politicians, even the police it seems, only truck drivers get tired.

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Fresh Thinking on Driver Fatigue

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

We’ll be hearing more about fatigue management in the future. I hope.

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Volvo research compares fatigue to drunk driving

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Loss of co-ordination, motor skills, response times, vision, attentiveness and even cognitive ability and attitude are all clear signs of a drunk driver. They’re also very similar to characteristics of a driver who hasn’t had enough sleep, a new study by Volvo Trucks in Sweden has found.

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BREAKING NEWS: US Court rejects 11-hour driving limit in HOS rule

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON – The 11-hour daily driving time and the 34-hour restart provisions of the U.S. federal hours-of-service regulation have been tossed out by the U.S. Court of Appeals.