Category archive: Safety

Hands-Free Driving is Coming, Will we be Ready?

A recent article by attorney Matthew J. Trainor published in the Indiana Lawyer brings to light the inevitability of hands-free driving technology in consumer vehicles and the complete lack of laws and regulations ready to deal with this innovation. While it still may seem like self-driving cars are reserved for cartoons and science fiction movies,…

Mandatory Collision Avoidance Systems Urged by NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board recently announced it is recommending collision avoidance systems be installed in all new commercial and non-commercial motor vehicles. The systems detect traffic and obstacles in front of a vehicle and warn drivers, with some even automatically applying the brakes. While the NTSB does not have the authority to mandate a…

FMCSA Says You Are Not Limited to Third-Party Vendor License Motor Inc.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations require that fleets check their drivers’ commercial license status at least annually to verify the driver has not been convicted of any serious traffic violation or the license disqualified. In 2003, FMCSA stated in a guidance announcement that it was okay for motor carriers to use a third-party…

Distracted Drivers, Beware

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. State and local police will aggressively ticket drivers who are using their cell phones (for calling or texting) when driving. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stated, “Distracted driving kills, there is no excuse for it, and it must stop. Across the country, we’re putting distracted drivers on notice: U…

New CSA App Stirs Controversy

On March 17, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched the QCMobile app that allows users to retrieve data from the FMCSA’s network, including  carriers’ safety scores and other information kept as part of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program (CSA). While the app is aimed at law enforcement, safety inspectors and other professionals,…

Risk Management for Trucking and Transportation Companies is About More Than Driver Training and Supervision

When starting any business, especially a family business, the main concern is usually securing enough capital. In that pursuit, however, one thing often overlooked is the protection of those assets through adequate insurance and corporate form (e.g. partnership, corporation, limited liability company). In this article, we examine a recent Illinois case highlighting the potentially devastating…

FMCSA Minimum Insurance Requirement Remains Unchanged – For the Time Being

In 1985, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration set a $750,000 minimum insurance requirement for motor vehicle carriers.  Earlier in 2014, there was discussion that a new rule would be promulgated raising the limit above $1 million to reflect inflationary rates.  The new limit was expected to be released this Fall, but has been delayed…

Removing Public Access to CSA Scores

Pennsylvania’s Representative Lou Barletta put forth a bill that would keep Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) scores confidential, called the Safer Trucks and Buses Act (H.R. 5532). Barletta drew from his experience as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to make a direct change to the CSA program. In addition to shielding…

Video Recording of Pre-Trip Inspection: Will it Increase Potential Liability?

Given the wide availability of video technology, there appears to be a growing contingent of truck drivers who record their pre-trip inspections using their cell phone cameras.  Recently, one of these drivers was pulled over for having a burned-out taillight.  The driver informed the officer that the taillight was working when he started the trip. …

Transportation Safety – There’s an App for that . . .

  From an operations position, safety is always at the forefront of every transportation company’s concerns. Recently, the federal agency charged with ensuring safety on the nation’s roadways, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), developed SaferBus. The first of its kind, SaferBus is a multilingual app that allows commercial bus passengers an unprecedented ability…

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