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04/24/14
Trucking by the numbers

I've been seeing and hearing a lot from Jack Van Steenburg – assistant administration and chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – this week.

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04/24/14
CSA: What’s coming next

SAN ANTONIO. Changes are in the works for the Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program introduced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) nearly four years ago – both from inside and outside the agency.

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04/23/14
Biggest crash risk indicators not always addressed by regulations

SAN ANTONIO. Driver personality type, traffic density, and low average speeds are just some of the more accurate indicators of crash risk for heavy trucks yet are metrics rarely covered by trucking regulations – meaning compliance with rules may not be enough on its own to significantly mitigate crash risks for carriers.

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04/23/14
FMCSA sheds light on regulatory agenda

SAN ANTONIO. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) still expects to issue two notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) this year, one requiring speed limiters for vehicles with GVWs over 26,000 lbs. and another establishing insurance standards for trucking companies, with a possible rulemaking effort regarding obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) planned for either later this year or in early 2015.

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04/23/14
Report slams FMCSA’s HOS restart field study for extensive research flaws

ATRI report pokes holes in validity of FMCSA's real-world review of restart provisions

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released what it terms its “independent evaluation” of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) recent “field study report” on the current Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules.  ATRI is the not-for-profit research arm of the American Trucking Assns. (ATA), trucking’s largest lobby.

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04/23/14
Natural gas compatible dashboard gauges and instrument clusters offered

A new line of natural gas compatible dashboard gauges and instrument clusters has been introduced by Ametek Vehicular Instruments Systems (VIS).

Among the VIS products offered for natural-gas-fueled vehicles are the Universal Instrument Panel-Basic (UIP-B), Universal Instrument Panel-Message Center (UIP-MC), Universal Instrument Panel-Specialized (UIP-S), Can-Communicator 2-in. Graphic Display, and several customer-specific custom gauges and instrument clusters.

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04/23/14
DriveAtlas looking to hire 200 owner-operators

DriveAtlas, the direct fleet operation owned by Atlas World Group, plans to hire 200 owner-operators this year to meet additional demand in the household goods moving industry along with volume increases expected in its freight transportation and logistics operations.

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04/23/14
ATA, Ryder and Penske among SmartWay award winners

The American Trucking Assns. along with Ryder Truck Rental, Penske Truck Leasing and the Colorado Motor Carriers Assn. were among 10 SmartWay Affiliates honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2014 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award.

EPA honored ATA for supporting policies and practices that reduce truck emissions and improve freight efficiency during a virtual awards presentation. 

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04/23/14
Round lift axles designed for vocational work

Hendrickson Specialty Products Auxiliary Axle Systems has introduced a new round lift axle design for non-steerable and steer applications in severe- or heavy-duty applications.

The Toughlift brand of axles is designed to handle 25,000-lb. capacity. The Toughlift FM and FR non-steer models will replace the HLM model with capacities up to 25,000 lbs., as well as the high lifting HLR 13,000-lb. and 18,000-lb. capacity non-steer lift axles that have been used extensively over the years in both pusher or tag positions.

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04/23/14
Truck Tonnage Index increases

The seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased slightly in March, rising 0.6%, the American Trucking Assns. (ATA) announced.

That was less than the adjusted 1.9% in February, which had preliminarily been reported as a 2.8% increase in March 18. In March, the index equaled 127.3 (2000=100) versus 126.5 in February. The all-time high was in November 2013 (131.0).

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