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Town Finds Way to Deal with Alarming Vehicle Noise

August 18, 2015 by sehui

COCHRANE, AB — Cochrane resident Kevin Shier had been attempting to resolve noise issues for many years with little success, with some residents selling their homes and others on the verge, as a result of vehicle backup beepers operating around the clock.

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Photos! Trucker Lucky to be Unhurt After Mattress Flies Into Rig

August 11, 2015 by sehui

ST. JOHNS, NL — Any good trucker knows that hauling an improperly secured load is dangerous and a lawsuit just waiting to happen. However, one likely knows this just a little better anyone else after he was on the receiving end when an unsecured bed came flying from a pickup truck.

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TTSAO Growing, Increases Board Members

August 7, 2015 by sehui

MILTON, ON — The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) has appointed three new people to its current board of directors as the group increases its size and scope.

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New Research Shows Summer Poses Added Risk for Drivers

July 27, 2015 by sehui

LEICESTERSHIRE, UK — Summer is in full swing, and the accompanying high temperatures might be carrying an added danger for drivers that you might not know about. A study released late this spring by Loughborough University in the UK reveals that even mild dehydration can be the equivalent of being over the drunk-driving limit in terms of driver errors. Yes, being behind even a little bit on the amount of fluids a trucker takes in each day can lead to increased risks for accidents and even the potential for financially damaging lawsuits that can follow a crash.

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UPS Goes All In with Collision Mitigation Technology

July 23, 2015 by sehui

NORWALK, OH — The operator of the largest truck fleet in North America said it will make collision mitigation technology standard equipment on every new Class 8 tractor the company orders. UPS Inc. said during a special event this week in Ohio that each of the more than 2,600 new Class 8 tractors that it takes delivery of this year will feature the system from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, which alerts drivers to moving and stationary objects in front of the tractor and moving objects surrounding the vehicle.

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Game Over! Canada Beats U.S. in Truck Safety Blitz

July 23, 2015 by sehui

GREENBELT, MD – Just released figures from a previously unannounced one-day truck safety crackdown show inspectors in Canada found a fewer percentage of problems than in the U.S. According to results released Wednesday by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which certifies truck inspectors, more than 6,300 trucks and buses were checked on May 6 in 32 Canadian provinces and U.S. states, along with Puerto Rico, as part of its Operation Airbrake. Overall, nine percent of the more than 6,000 vehicles inspected were placed out of service (OOS) for out of adjustment brakes, an improvement from last year’s rate of 9.5 percent. However, in Canada this rate was just four percent compared to 11.3 percent for the U.S.

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Take A Break, Get Ready for Brake Safety Week

July 21, 2015 by sehui

GREENBELT, MD – Mark your calendars and be sure the brakes on any trucks you drive or own are on are in proper working order, because one of the biggest safety enforcement efforts of the year is just around the corner.

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U.S. Begins Effort to Improve Underride Crash Protection

July 20, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. government has taken what it said is the first step in a larger initiative to upgrade the standards for truck and trailer underride crash protection.

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UPS Safe Drivers Invited Into Prestigious Circle of Honour

July 17, 2015 by Peter Carter

TORONTO – Some run around downtown Toronto, exiting and entering their vehicles up to 80 times a day. Others have highway runs in tractor trailers. Around UPS, the tractor-trailer drivers are known as the “Feeder Group”. One Feeder driver simply hauls trailers back and forth across the Buffalo-Fort Erie border all day long. He’s done it for more than 30 years.
Some live in Montreal others in Nanaimo. Tim Noble, from Peterborough, ON., says he has driven 1.7 million klicks or, as he put it, “42 and a half times around the world.”

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Volvo Truck Turned into Highway Safety Machine

July 13, 2015 by sehui

DUBLIN, VA — Highway safety is getting some different kind of attention when researchers later this month will take to the roadways in a specially outfitted Volvo truck turned into what’s called a “SCRIM” for short.

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Big Brother Watching Trucks Along Three Routes

July 10, 2015 by sehui

SACATON, AZ — If you ever travel through Arizona and get the feeling someone is watching you, it turns out it’s more than just a feeling and it’s not the usual way of keeping an eye out.

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U.S. Proposes Changes to Major Truck Safety Program

July 2, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Changes are in the works in the U.S. when it comes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) key truck safety program. The agency announced on Monday it is proposing enhancements to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, including changing some intervention thresholds to better reflect crash risk.”These enhancements to SMS allow us to sharpen our focus on carriers with high crash rates, more effectively identify driver safety problems and hazardous materials carriers with serious safety problems, and more accurately account for carriers that are driving on our roads the most,” the agency said on its website.

These proposed changes are based on results from the agency testing and input from industry, enforcement, and other safety stakeholders.

The proposed SMS enhancements include:

Changing some of the SMS Intervention Thresholds to better reflect the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories’ (BASICs) correlation to crash risk.

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Changes Proposed to Dangerous Goods Transportation Reporting

June 15, 2015 by sehui

OTTAWA — Transport Canada has posted in the Canada Gazette proposed changes to reporting requirements when it comes to regulations over spills or accidents involving the transportation of dangerous goods. Regulators are providing a comment period, after which they will review comments from industry.

No timeline has been established for when Transport Canada will finalize the proposal.

Highlights from the proposed amendments include:

A new definition of the release of dangerous goods;
Amendments to reporting requirements to introduce circumstances under which a report is required;
Exceptions where the reporting obligation does not apply;
The reporting of the loss or theft of dangerous goods;
The reporting of unlawful interference with dangerous goods; and
New reporting criteria for misdeclared or undeclared dangerous goods to harmonize with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) reporting requirements.

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Safety Officials Push for Collision Avoidance Systems

June 10, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Safety officials in the U.S. are recommending what it calls the “life saving benefits” of a technology to become standard on all new commercial and passenger vehicles.
A new National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Special Investigation Report, The Use of Forward Collision Avoidance Systems to Prevent and Mitigate Rear-End Crashes stresses that collision avoidance systems can prevent or lessen the severity of rear-end crashes, to help save lives and reduce injuries.

According to statistics from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end crashes kill about 1,700 people every year and injure half a million more. More than 80% of these deaths and injuries might have been mitigated had the vehicles been equipped with a collision avoidance system.

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U.S. Issues Electronic Stability Control Mandate for Trucks

June 3, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Wednesday it has finalized rules requiring electronic stability control (ESC) systems on new commercial trucks and large buses. The regulations require the systems on Class 6-8 trucks plus large buses exceeding 26,000 pounds in gross weight. Compliance will be evaluated using a “j-turn” test that replicates a curved highway off-ramp. The rules will take effect for most heavy trucks two years from publication of the regulations while some of the largest buses will have longer to comply. Canada is expected to adopt similar regulations.