safety

Parking Shortage Worsens

WASHINGTON — Concerns over the ongoing plight to park trucks safely is prompting a group of national and regional stakeholders to plan ways to improve parking availability, given a new Department of Transportation survey that found dire shortages in metropolitan areas. Deputy Transportation Secretary Victor Mendez said a National Coalition on Truck Parking would convene…

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Washington DOT Files $17 Million Lawsuit in Skagit Bridge Collapse

The Washington State Department of Transportation has filed a $17 million lawsuit against the motor carrier and driver involved in the 2013 Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge collapse, the Associated Press reported Feb 3. The lawsuit, filed in Skagit County Superior Court, named several parties as responsible. They included William Scott, the truck driver whose oversize…

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FMCSA Announces $30 Million to Help States Collect Safety Data

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Jan. 12 announced that $30 million is available to help states modernize their safety data technologies. Through the Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks and the Performance Registration Information Systems Management grant programs, FMCSA is seeking to help state agencies improve how they collect and disseminate real-time data…

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Collins Defends Change to Restart Requirements

Federal data shows that the accident rate for trucks is higher during morning peak traffic, one of the reasons the 34-hour restart requirement in the federal hours of service rule was suspended pending further study, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said in an op-ed column for the Bangor Daily News. Collins sponsored the provision contained in…

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NHTSA reminds motorists of ‘move over’ laws

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging Americans to protect themselves this busy holiday travel season due to an increase in highway fatalities and injuries this time of the year. In addition to urging everyone to drive belted, sober, and focused, NHTSA is also encouraging people to become familiar with and obey the…

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Overweight, Oversize Load Carriers Request HOS Exemption

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association has asked federal regulators to exempt carriers who haul overweight and oversize loads from the 30-minute rest break provision of the hours-of-service regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers. “Due to the nature of their operation, SC&RA believes that compliance with the 30-minute rest break rule is extremely difficult, primarily…

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