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Meritor, P.S.I. — 1 Million Made and Counting

November 4, 2015 by sehui

SAN ANTONIO, TX – It’s not often a company hits the one million mark for making anything, but two trucking suppliers have managed to do it, and they did it with a bash on Wednesday. Meritor Inc. and Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.) celebrated a milestone when…

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Alberta Trucking Group Meets Provincial Transportation Officials

November 4, 2015 by sehui

ROCKY VIEW, AB – Members of the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) Executive Committee recently met with province’s Infrastructure and Transportation Minister, Brian Mason and Deputy Minister Greg Bass. This was the first formal meeting the group has had with the ministers. For the bus and trucking industry to effectively meet the transportation needs of Albertans, AMTA said it has identified two key priorities for action.

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Canada’s Searcy Trucking Wins Volvo Trucks Safety Award

October 21, 2015 by sehui

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Searcy Trucking Ltd. was awarded one of two 2015 Volvo Trucks Safety Awards this week at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia, PA.

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Operation Safe Driver Running Now Through Saturday

October 18, 2015 by sehui

GREENBELT, MD — A period of heightened truck safety enforcement and education is going on now through Oct 24.

The annual Operation Safe Driver is going on throughout North America as law enforcement is cracking down on both commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and car drivers in this event organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in conjunction with provincial, state, and local law enforcement, along with trucking industry partners.

During Operation Safe Driver Week, activities will be held across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, with the goal of increasing commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement, safety belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections and driver regulatory compliance.

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U.S. Trucking Regulators Defend Controversial Safety System

October 9, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal trucking regulators in the U.S. are defending a key safety system used to identify trucking companies that have a high risk of being in crashes.

A new report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has to do with the agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS), rolled out four years ago as part of the Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) program, designed to improve trucking industry safety.

According to the agency, the report found that SMS effectively identifies trucking companies involved in 90 percent of the more than 100,000 crashes that occur each year in the U.S., and those that are identified as high-risk carriers continue to have crash rates that are twice the national average.

SMS, as well as, CSA, have come under fire by some groups in trucking as well as by certain U.S. lawmakers, claiming the measures often make safe trucking operaitons look bad.

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AutoSock Approval Expands in Canada

October 9, 2015 by sehui

DENVER, CO — A provider of an alternative traction device (ATD) for passenger and commercial vehicles announced that its use has now been granted approval in British Columbia.

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Donnelly Named BC Trucking Safety Council Executive Director

October 6, 2015 by sehui

LANGLEY, BC – The Trucking Safety Council of British Columbia has named Mark Donnelly as its new executive director.

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Record Low Out-of-Service Numbers Hit During Roadcheck

September 30, 2015 by sehui

GREENBELT, MD — The annual North American-wide truck inspection blitz held this past summer produced the lowest out-of-service rates on record when it comes to the toughest vehicle and driver inspections. According to numbers released Tuesday by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which organizes the annual International Roadcheck, there were 69,472 total truck and bus inspections June 2-4.

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Many Drivers Say No to Paying for Reserved Parking

September 21, 2015 by sehui

ARLINGTON, VA – Nearly half of truck drivers say they would refuse to pay for reserved parking, according to just published results in a survey over truck parking. That’s according to the American Transportation Research Institute, which has released the findings in its “Commercial Driver Perspectives on Trucking Parking” survey.

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Fifth Wheels Recalled Following Deadly Crash

September 14, 2015 by sehui

TRUSSVILLE, AL — A fifth wheel manufacturer has reportedly agreed to recall 6,800 pieces of equipment following a deadly crash.

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Manitoba Trucking Association Setting Up Safety Group

September 9, 2015 by sehui

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Trucking Association announced it will establish a safety association to help reduce worker injury and illness in the province’s commercial transportation industry.

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Heads Up! Brake Safety Week Starts Now

September 6, 2015 by sehui

GREENBELT, MD – As Canada is celebrating National Trucking Week Sept 6-12, one of the biggest industry safety events of the year will also be underway throughout North America with another right around the corner. Law enforcement agencies will conduct brake system inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week.
The event is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign, organized by this group representing local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and trucking industry representatives from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

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Wabco Joins CVSA as Brake Safety Week Nears

September 1, 2015 by sehui

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI — Wabco Holdings Inc. has joined the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), the international not-for-profit whose mission is to promote commercial vehicle safety and security by providing leadership on safety issues to law enforcement, industry, and policy makers.

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CVSA Executive Director Stephen Keppler Departing

August 27, 2015 by sehui

GREENBELT, MD – The executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), Stephen A. Keppler, is stepping down from his position on Sept. 4. According to a letter obtained by Today’s Trucking written by CVSA President and Idaho State Police Major Bill Reese, Keppler has accepted a position with the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

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Coalition Looks to Solve U.S. Truck Parking Problem

August 24, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new National Coalition on Truck Parking will work to find solutions to the U.S. truck parking shortage, after a U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) survey affirmed the trucking industry’s complaints about a lack of truck parking information and capacity.