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6 04, 2016
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The Dangers of Distracted Driving

April 6, 2016 -Reading this behind the wheel – or merely glancing down to give it a quick scan? You could’ve just caused a significant crash. Even if your eyes were diverted from the road for mere seconds. Distracted driving is a significant issue on U.S. roadways. It’s something we’re all aware of; still, that [...]

14 12, 2011

NTSB Wants TOTAL Cellphone Ban

Truckers have recently been forced to come to terms with a ban on handheld cellphones but if the National Transportation Safety Board gets its way the entire country will have to stop using cellphones of any kind. The NTSB recommended on Tuesday that all cellphones, handheld or hands free, should be banned for all users; car drivers as well as truckers. This would be the biggest ban of its kind since drunk driving laws were created and fortified. The move is also the latest in a series of high-profile attacks on distracted driving by the Department of Transportation under the stewardship of Secretary Ray LaHood. […]

28 11, 2011

FMCSA Bans Hand Held Cellphones

In a widely predicted move, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule on Wednesday, November 23 banning the use of a handheld cellphone while operating a CMV. Distracted driving has been the signature cause of current Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Over the past several years he has launched campaign after campaign and regulation after regulation to tamp down on the usage of cellphones while driving. In October of last year, texting while driving a CMV was banned; in addition, there has been a substantial media campaign to combat distracted driving by car drivers. […]

27 09, 2011

Distraction Caused Fatal Truck vs. Train Crash

Investigators are pointing towards distracted driving as a cause for a fatal accident involving a truck and a train. Peter Barnum, 35, of Farmington, N.H. was killed when his tractor trailer skidded into the path of an oncoming train on July 11. Investigators say that Barnum had a five-minute telephone conversation with his boss which ended mere moments before the crash. Barnum slammed on his brakes and slid more than 200 feet but it was unfortunate not enough — he was hit by the Amtrak Downeaster, traveling from Portland to Boston at about 70 mph. Barnum was killed and six people on the train were injured. […]

10 08, 2011

NETS Gears Up for Drive Safely Work Week, Offers Free Toolkit

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have teamed up to offer a free toolkit to improve employee safety behind the wheel. Employers can access the kit by registering and answering a few basic questions here. […]

27 06, 2011

Six Dead After Truck Slams Into Amtrak Train

Today investigators are still searching for victims and trying to determine why a truck plowed into the side of an Amtrak train at a railroad crossing approximately 60 miles east of Reno, Nev. At least six people died, including the CMV driver and a conductor, in the fiery crash on Friday. As of Monday, five Amtrak passengers had still not been located. Members of a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Go-Team arrived on scene late Friday night to begin an on-site investigation that is expected to last at least 10 days. On Tuesday, NTSB’s Motor Carrier Operations and Human Factors team are scheduled to visit the truck driver’s employer. The teams will closely scrutinize driver and company records in an attempt to uncover factors that may have contributed to the accident. […]

8 06, 2011

DOT Compliance Question of the Week: Roadside Inspections

What is the focus of this year’s Roadcheck commercial motor vehicle inspection blitz? […]

2 05, 2011

PHMSA Proposes Hand-Held Cell-Phone Ban

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is once again following in the rulemaking footsteps of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). On April 29, PHMSA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register that seeks to ban certain PHMSA-regulated drivers from using a hand-held mobile phone. The proposal applies to drivers transporting quantities of hazardous materials requiring placarding under 49 CFR Part 172 or any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73 in intrastate commerce. PHMSA is asking that interested parties submit their comments by June 28, 2011. Be sure to include docket number PHMSA-2010-0227 on your official comments. […]

2 03, 2011

PHMSA Issues Final Rules Banning Texting, Enhancing Enforcement Authority

This week the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued two Final Rules that will go into effect this spring. The first, which prohibits texting on electronic devices while transporting hazardous materials requiring placarding, goes into effect on March 30, 2011. The second rule, issued today, enhances the inspection, investigation and enforcement authority of the Secretary of Transportation. The “Enhanced Enforcement Authority Procedures” rule goes into effect on May 2, 2011. […]

10 02, 2011

Comment Period Countdown

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration currently has three major proposals out for comment, and the deadlines for public feedback are right around the corner. All three of FMCSA’s Notices of Proposed Rulemaking cover hot-button issues, and the comments have been rolling in. It seems like, at least unofficially, everyone has something to say about the proposed Hours of Service changes and hand-held cellphone ban. The comment section of the Transportation Ticker, for example, has never seen so much activity. We’ve also noticed a ton of comments on the trucker forums, blogs, social networks and radio programs we follow. In all of the unofficial public dialog, we have noticed many comments that should be considered as part of the official rulemaking process. If you’ve been quietly rallying for or against the proposed Hours of Service changes, EOBR mandate and/or hand-held cell phone ban, your time to post an official comment is running out. Below is a brief overview of the three proposals, along with information on how to post a comment to the Federal eRulemaking portal. […]