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Highway Angel’s CPR Saves Life on I-95

January 19, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

Alexandria, VA – Phillip Williams & Sons Inc. truck driver Joseph Wiggins of Plant City, Fla., has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) for saving a man in cardiac arrest.

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Obama Earmarks $4B for Vehicle Automation Projects

January 15, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget request will include nearly $4 billion over a decade for the development of automated vehicles through pilot projects, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Jan. 14.

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NTSB releases 2016 ‘Most Wanted’ Safety List

January 15, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC -The National Transportation Safety Board unveiled its 2016 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements Wednesday, calling it a “road map from lessons learned to lives saved.”
Of the 10 issues covered on the list, more than half effect truck drivers directly: Need to Reduce fatigue-related accidents; promote availability of collision avoidance technology in highway vehicles; disconnect from deadly distractions; end substance impairment in transportation; require medical fitness for duty; expand use of recorders to enhance transportation safety.Several items on the list demonstrate the importance of technology in saving lives, preventing accidents and lessening the number and severity of injuries from accidents. For example, the list calls for promoting the availability of collision avoidance technology in highway vehicles.

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Ticket Rates Spike During Operation Safe Driver

January 6, 2016 by sehui

GREENBELT, MD – Commercial vehicle safety enforcement officers in Canada and the U.S. made far less contacts with drivers along with conducting fewer inspections during a week-long blitz late last year compared to 2014, according to newly released figures, but the percentage of citations and warnings handed out increased in three key areas.

That’s according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and just released numbers it published regarding Operation Safe Driver, a seven-day enforcement and awareness campaign conducted on Oct. 18-24, 2015 aimed at truck and bus drivers along with four-wheelers.

Law enforcement officers pulled over 21,012 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger vehicle drivers while 19,480 North American standard roadside inspections were conducted by CVSA-certified authorities on commercial drivers and vehicles.

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PMTC Seminar to Discuss CVOR Program, Cargo Security

January 4, 2016 by sehui

OAKVILLE, ON – As part of its continuing effort to offer more educational seminars the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) announced its next event will held on Jan. 13 in Toronto from 9 a.m. to noon.

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U.S. Truck Safety Regulators Abandon Earlier Proposals

December 30, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has withdrawn a notice of proposed rulemaking that would have required a commercial motor vehicle to display a label attesting that it was compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) when it was manufactured while the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has withdrawn a plan that would have amended haz-mat regulations on the transportation of flammable liquid material in unprotected external product piping, known commonly as wetlines, on tanker trucks.

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1,500 Navistar Trucks in Canada Recalled

December 16, 2015 by sehui

LISLE, IL – Nearly 1,500 Navistar International model trucks in Canada are among 16,500 that are being recalled here and in the U.S.

The bulk are ProStar models, but the recall also includes the DuraStar, WorkStar, TransStar and LoneStar models, all from the 2012-2013 model year.

The move follows an investigation by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the trucks may have accelerator pedals that do not fully return to the closed throttle position, resulting in engines idling at slightly higher RPMs, which can keep the engine brake from engaging.

The investigation was opened following complaints from truck owners. Navistar identified 1,233 warranty clams related to accelerator pedal issues, with 70.3 percent of these claims on manual transmission vehicles.

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A Reminder That Oversize Loads Require Precautions

December 14, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Officials in the U.S. have issued a safety alert for those hauling oversize loads, but even if you never travel outside of Canada it’s still some darn good advice to keep in mind.

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No Charge for Dangerous Goods Transport Emergency Calls

December 11, 2015 by sehui

OTTAWA, ON – You now don’t have to spend a cent when needing pertinent and timely advice on how to handle emergencies arising from the transportation of dangerous goods.

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You Will Be Tested on This

December 9, 2015 by sehui

Here’s what Canada’s new truck-inspection standards will mean to you. (P.S. If you’ve removed your DPF or bought a glider, you might want to read this over very closely indeed.)

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Are Wheel-Offs Back?

December 4, 2015 by sehui

Oh, no… are we slipping? It seems that truck and trailer wheel separations have hit the press again, at least in Ontario. This really isn’t good.

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Suspected Fifth Wheel Tampering on Parked Rigs

December 1, 2015 by sehui

EDMONTON, AB — In recent weeks the vital importance of conducting thorough inspections, both pre- and in-trip, hit home for commercial drivers, according to the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA).

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Canadian Traffic Crashes Increasing, U.S. Fatal Collisions Up

December 1, 2015 by sehui

TORONTO, ON and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Traffic collisions in Canada are increasing while fatal crashes in the United States during the first half of the year also moved higher following a 2014 decline, according to newly released and separate reports, signaling to trucking that roadways are as dangerous as ever in many ways.

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Minister Concerned About Truck Wheel Separations

November 23, 2015 by sehui

TORONTO, ON — Truck wheel separations have gotten the attention of one government official who is calling on the trucking industry to step up and address the problem before more people are hurt or killed.

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New Truck Restrictions Coming for Bolton

November 18, 2015 by sehui

BOLTON, ON — The Region of Peel is implementing heavy-truck restrictions in downtown Bolton beginning Nov. 30 due to problems of not having enough space along some roads.