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Time to Get Ready for the Big Trucking Inspection Blitz

June 3, 2015 by sehui

It’s that time of the year to make sure every truck along with driver paperwork is in order because those who don’t could be sidelined and forced to shell out hundreds if not thousands of dollars.The 28th annual, three-day International Roadcheck 2015 is set for June 2-4, when approximately 10,000, local, provincial, state and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America fan out for roadside inspections. The event is organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in cooperation federal governments in Canada, U.S. and Mexico. Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, the most thorough roadside inspection, that’s a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both the driver and vehicle.

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Avoid Fines, Penalties This Week: Secure Your Cargo

June 3, 2015 by sehui

Not having your cargo properly secured could lead to a world of problems, more so than usual, as truck inspectors across North American are gearing up to hit the highways throughout North America. June 2-4 is the annual, three-day truck inspection marathon known as International Road Check, when 10,000 truck inspectors will be out in full force, handing out fines and placing trucks and drivers out-of-service for safety violations.In addition to performing a high number of the tough Level I inspections, where they thoroughly scrutinize both the driver and their tractor-trailer, they will be putting a special emphasis on checking cargo securement.

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More Reasons to Put the Phone Down While Driving

May 19, 2015 by sehui

DALLAS — If news last week that more than 50% of Canadian motorists admit to driving distracted didn’t straighten out your hair then a new survey from just to the south may make it fall out.

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Canadians Say Distracted Driving a Problem, But Not Their Problem

May 17, 2015 by sehui

AURORA, ON — Four-wheelers you see on roadways believe driving distracted is a problem but the funny thing is many believe someone else is responsible for it.A new survey of 1,300 Canadian motorists, released Thursday by State Farm insurance, found 93% of respondents feel that other motorists drive while they are distracted. However, far fewer, 56%, believe that they themselves drive while distracted, a striking difference from how drivers view their own abilities behind the wheel compared to those with whom they share the road. The same survey also found 30% of respondents indicated the most dangerous thing a person can do on the road is to drive distracted, yet about one third acknowledged that they check their cell phone or handheld device once or more while driving and 35% admit to driving while distracted.

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Hey Ontario! Trucks and Truck Drivers Are Safest Road Users

May 13, 2015 by Peter Carter

TORONTO — The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has released the latest edition of the Ontario Road Safety Annual Report (ORSAR). And once again it shows that trucks are the safest vehicles and truckers are the safest drivers on the road, says David Bradley, president of the Ontario Trucking Association. That’s the word from David Bradley, president of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA). The report–officially the latest edition of the Ontario Road Safety Annual Report (ORSAR)–was released this week.

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Fontaine-Modified Freightliner M2 Trucks Recalled

May 11, 2015 by sehui

Fontaine Modification Co is recalling 3,571 model year 2006-2015 Freightliner M2 trucks due to a braking problem, according to a U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bulletin.

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FMCSA’s CSA Program Goes Under Review

May 7, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An audit was launched this week of the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) key safety program by the investigative arm of the U.S. Transportation Department.

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U.S. Safety Agency Sees Benefits of Onboard Video Systems

May 4, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Transportation Safety Board has released a report on what it says are the benefits of commercial vehicle onboard video systems that record either continuously or as the result of a triggering event, such as a crash. The report also focuses on what this U.S. government agency says are the advantages offered by these systems for evaluation of both driver and passenger behaviors and collision analysis.
The report highlights two recent crash investigations in which continuous video systems were installed on commercial vehicles. The report discusses many what NTSB said are the benefits of onboard video systems, in addition to highlighting areas for improvement, such as the need for to be able to see the driver and each occupant seating location, the need to be able to see forward of the vehicle, optimized frame rate, and low-light recording capability.

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CVSA reports increase in brake violations

January 6, 2015 by Allan Janssen

GREENBELT, MD – Out-of-service rate during annual Brake Safety Week was 16.2% in 2014, compared with 13.5% for the 2013 event.

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Are you the truck best driver in North America?

December 17, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

ROCKY VIEW, AB- The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance seeks a truck or bus driver who goes beyond the call of duty and achieves long-term safety and compliance levels.

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Manitoba to jump-start trucking safety program

December 17, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

WINNIPEG, MB- The Manitoba Trucking Association wants to establish an industry‐based safety program to provide relevant safety and health services targeted to the needs of our work environment, which would help trucking companies save on Workers’ Compensation Board premiums.

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Alberta seeks nominations for Safety Person of the Year

December 16, 2014 by Allan Janssen

ROCKY VIEW, AB – The Alberta Motor Transport Association’s annual award recognizes fleet personnel who embrace safety and inspire others to do the same.

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Attention Truckers: Brake Inspections Ahead

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – Truck and bus drivers from Mexico to Canada, get ready to have your brakes inspected.

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Swift Gives Money Incentive to Drivers

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

PHEONIX, AZ – Swift Transportation announced a new program called Quarterly Performance Pay, which rewards Swift truck drivers with a bonus of up to 6 cents per mile based on the driver’s rank.

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Road crash victims remembered

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — November has long been a month of remembrance and this year will mark the first time a day has been set aside nationally for the memory of road crash victims.