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Proposed DOT Speed Limiters

On August 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a speed limiter mandate proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). At the beginning of September, a 60-day window for public comments began to give the motor carrier industry the opportunity to supply feedback[…]

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Safety Meeting Series: Operation Safe Driver Week

Be on the lookout for additional inspections while you’re on the road between October 16 and October 22. That is the designated time for Operation Safe Driver Week organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) as part of their Operation Safe Driver program. Law enforcement agencies will increase traffic safety enforcement for both commercial[…]

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The Results are In: CVSA Brake Check Day Plus Upcoming Brake Safety Week

Since 1998, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has inspected 3.4 million commercial brakes with one goal in mind: keeping trucks, their drivers, and others on the road safe. Improperly installed and badly maintained brakes reduce the braking capacity of trucks and increase the stopping distances needed out on the road. With two separate events[…]

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FMCSA Inspection Changes

In July, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a few changes and updates to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The “Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation” and “Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance” portions of the FMCSRs were the areas that received the most amendments. The FMCSA says no new regulations have[…]

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FMCSA’s Proposed Safety Fitness Determination Rule

The current safety rating system will be replaced with something much different, according to an announcement on January 15, 2016 from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The rule change comes on the heels of the release of the Final Rule for Electronic Logging Devices. The next changes will replace the current three-tier federal[…]

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DOT Recordable Accidents – What They Are and Why They Matter

Not all accidents are created equal. While that may seem obvious, it may be more complicated than you think. While every accident can impact your bottom line, DOT recordable accidents can have a major impact on your business. Here’s why. What is a DOT Recordable Accident? Carriers are required to keep records of an accident[…]

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4 Common Trucking Accidents and How to Avoid Them

The fact that commercial trucks get into accidents out on the highways, back roads, and other roadways across the United States is no surprise. The actual numbers, however, may shock you. In 2013 alone, there were 3,900 fatal crashes involving commercial trucks, 73,000 crashes with injuries but no fatalities, and 265,000 accidents that involved only[…]