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Inspectors should look at flatbed safety: OTA

September 18, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Ministry of Labor’s falls blitz is coming, and the Ontario Trucking Alliance (OTA) is urging them to pay special attention to flatbed truck safety.
The falls blitz, which covers ladder safety, slips, trips, and falls, in the mining, industrial, construction, and health care industries, will be running from Oct. 2 to Nov. 30.

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Prepare for eclipse distraction and congestion Monday

August 18, 2017 by elizabeth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For two minutes on Monday the world will go dark in 14 states, causing a huge distraction for drivers.
Although there are about two solar eclipses a year visible from somewhere on Earth, August 21 marks the first time a total solar eclipse will be able to be viewed from the mainland United States in 38 years.

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Headlights Again: Now digital

August 9, 2017 by John Smith

A few months ago I wrote a couple of times about headlights, complaining that the standard lamps offered in most vehicles — from cars to heavy trucks — are insufficient. Meaning, it’s too easy to over-drive your lights at what are pretty ordinary speeds nowadays. The light just isn’t thrown far enough down the road, reducing the ability of a driver to see far enough ahead to avoid an obstruction and maybe a catastrophic accident.

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Paid The Movement of Anything | Is the Trucking Industry Ready?

July 20, 2017 by Dan Robinson

Recent technical advances in the transportation sector, such as anti-lock braking systems, lane divergence sensors, and especially the evolution in dash camera technology, have focused not only on enhancing the overall driving experience but also on making our roads safer than ever before.

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Institute makes case for side guards

May 10, 2017 by John Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – New crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) have demonstrated that well-built sideguards could keep passenger vehicles from sliding under the side of a semi-trailer. It was the first time that such guards were tested.

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Alberta assistant deputy minister outlines provincial plans

May 1, 2017 by John Smith

BANFF, AB – Shaun Hammond, Alberta Transportation’s assistant deputy minister – safety policy and engineering, offered government views on a broad range of issues during the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s annual meeting in Banff on Friday.

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When good isn’t good enough

April 27, 2017 by John Smith

Should “professional” drivers be held to a higher standard when it comes to care and control of their vehicles, and indeed, the actions they take or don’t take to avoid a collision? An Ontario appeals court judge thinks they should be and has ruled accordingly. I think the decision opens some dangerous doors for Ontario truck drivers.

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Clear the Way: Bypass programs perfect carrot to offset enforcement stick

March 30, 2017 by John Smith

I was introduced to the concept of a hospital triage by watching episodes of MASH in the 1970s and early ’80s. Centered around the happenings of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War, the show’s TV doctors were regularly seen moving through the latest batch of wounded soldiers, deciding who could wait and who needed immediate attention. (They also looked for new ways to torment Frank Burns, but I digress.)

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IN PRINT — Better Safe than Sorry: Safety procedures are there to protect, not annoy

March 30, 2017 by John Smith

Tire irons and jacks are not worth a human life, yet a tire service technician in Whitehorse, Yukon died while retrieving his tools from under a truck he had been working on. The incident happened back in 2011, but it has stuck with me for years because the death was needless and could have easily been prevented – and also because I can’t count how many times I have backed a truck out of a shop without first checking to make sure nobody was beneath it.

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Lineup of visibility products

March 28, 2017 by John Smith

Ancra International, known for cargo handling and restraint systems, has launched a new lineup of wearables, flags, banners and reflectors.

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More trailers to benefit from disc brakes, ESC

March 23, 2017 by John Smith

LOUISVILLE, KY – Air disc brakes appear to be gaining ground on their drum-based counterparts, and their stopping power has a role to play in emerging automation options like platooning trucks, according to Bendix officials.

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See Much?: We need better headlamps, period.

February 22, 2017 by John Smith

Clearly, there are issues with the headlights that show us what’s ahead. Or maybe don’t. We shouldn’t be happy.

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What does Trump mean to us?

February 9, 2017 by John Smith

Well, we’re a couple of tumultuous weeks into the new Trump administration south of the 49th, and it would seem chaos prevails. At least for the moment. With the new President having promised, implicitly and otherwise, something of a war on regulatory controls, some issues with an impact on trucking are up in the air.

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Meeting scrapes surface on system to clear ice, snow

January 16, 2017 by John Smith

FERGUS, ON — Shawn Nelson sees a direct link between snow-laden trailer roofs and safety, and he’s on a mission to create – even mandate – a network of snow removal equipment to address the problem.

There is no question that the debris represents a flying threat. Layers of snow and ice on a 53-foot van trailer can weigh one to 10 tonnes, raining debris on the road below, he says. News footage culled from dash cams regularly show how dangerous that situation can be.

“Sometimes it’s not the initial impact of ice and snow. It’s the reaction,” he says of the risk. Crash through a windshield or not, the debris can force motorists to swerve into the path of other dangers.

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U.S. groups want requirement for behind-the-wheel training

January 2, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — Four groups have petitioned the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to reconsider provisions of the Final Rule for Entry-Level Driver requirements, which the agency issued on December 7.