Tag archive: Safety

The Debate Over Inward and Outward Cameras in Trucks

A recent article by Sean Kilcarr published in Fleet Owner explores why one director of safety believes inward and outward facing cameras will be absolutely vital tools for commercial drivers going forward, outweighing any privacy or other concerns drivers and company owners may have. Jeff Wood, director of safety for Martin Transportation System (a 1,000-truck,…

NHTSA’s Proposal to Upgrade Rear Impact Crash Protection to Have a Significant Impact on Accident Litigation

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking aimed at upgrading standards for underride protection in trailers and semi-trailers. NHTSA is looking to make the standards more stringent to improve underride protection in higher speed crashes. Although many trailers currently sold would be compatible with this…

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,…

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…

Overcoming Language Barriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (49 CFR 391.11) requires that in order to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License, an applicant must be able to “read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public, to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquiries, and…

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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