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The blitz is in: 13.2% of brakes deemed unsafe

November 21, 2016 by Peter Carter

GREENBELT, MARYLAND – Brake-safety week is advertised, tweeted out and Facebooked galore but still: 13.2% of the vehicles pulled over for a check during the North America-wide week-long roadside blitz were ordered out of service because of brake violations.

Another 14.8% were put OOS with non-break-related problems. Some trucks had violations in both categories.

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Volvo demonstrates evolution in safety

October 25, 2016 by John Smith

LAURENS, SC – Today’s trucks are undeniably safer than the models that came before them. Cabs are tougher. Stability controls keep wheels on the ground during tight turns. Cameras and radar-based systems can even provide virtual eyes for the road ahead.

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Vigillo data linked to JJ Keller training

October 2, 2016 by John Smith

Vigillo and JJ Keller are joining together to provide a system that identifies unsafe driver behavior and assigns appropriate training to correct the issue.

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FMCSA to allow windshield mounted tech safety devices

September 22, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made a regulatory allowance for drivers to mount technical devices on the interior of a truck’s windshield.

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Keep hydraulic oil clean! Or Jim Alexander will find you

September 22, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Alexander may be the most passionate person on the planet when it comes to hydraulic oil. That’s why he gets so frustrated when he sees operators without a high quality filter or gauge. After all, he says, 70% of all hydraulic oil failures are due to lowdown dirty oil.

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WorkSafeBC outlines practices for safe diesel refilling

September 9, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

SURREY, BC – WorkSafeBC has released a new bulletin aimed at ensuring driver safety when dealing with diesel fuel, particularly when refuelling.

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Tow Safety Week offers reminder to move over

August 26, 2016 by John Smith

MARKHAM, ON – It’s been a year since Ontario updated its Slow Down, Move Over Law to help protect tow truck operators at work, but there is clearly the need for a reminder.
The day before Friday’s official launch of Tow Safety Week, Ontario Provincial Police who were closing a highway ramp had their cruiser hit from behind. That was within hours of a truck rollover where police watched a motorist weave through the pylons meant to protect emergency crews.

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U.S. truck passengers must be belted by August

June 6, 2016 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – Passengers in truck cabs will be required to wear seatbelts when traveling U.S. highways, effective Aug. 8.

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Tread Safely: Maximum speeds, inflation play roles in tire performance

May 31, 2016 by John Smith

When it comes to vehicle safety, a lot of attention is being focused on the one truck component that actually touches the road. The Rubber Manufacturers Association proclaims the first week of June as Tire Safety Week. Days after this concludes, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance begins a special focus on tires as part of the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz.

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Runaway and Repeat

April 20, 2016 by John Smith

I’m experiencing a new day and new job at Today’s Trucking, but there is no escaping the sense of déjà vu. Yes, I still lean on my GPS to find the office, and I think it will be several months before I remember the phone number, but something feels oddly familiar. Too familiar.

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BC makes traffic cam data public to inspire congestion fix

March 10, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

VICTORIA, BC – British Columbia is opening up its traffic webcam data to the public in the hope that it could be used by software developers to create new tools and services to make driving in B.C. safer and more convenient.

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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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Canada Releases Road Safety Strategy 2025

February 5, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

OTTAWA, ON – Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025 – Towards Zero: The Safest Roads in the World launched Wednesday as federal, provincial and territorial transportation ministers met in Ottawa.

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Bison’s Three-Million-Mile Man Accident-Free

February 5, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WINNIPEG, MB – Roger Maltman of Winnipeg has become Bison Transport’s first driver to complete three million consecutive accident-free miles, the company announced.

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Alberta Hosting Spring Talk on Medical Marijuana in Trucking

January 29, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

MILTON, ON – A regional seminar this May in Alberta will explore the safety implications surrounding the rise of medical marijuana and how it could affect the trucking industry.