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Ferro Urges Stronger Trucking Legislation as Fatalities Soar 18% in 2010

With the revised Hours of Service ruling tied up in hearings, there’s grim news on U.S. trucking fatalities. An estimated 4,000 trucking-related deaths scarred our roads in 2010, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro, who revealed these initial findings in testimony on Wednesday, Nov. 5. That represents more than an 18% jump …

New Trucking Technology Captures License Plates, Tracks HOS

Washington state trucking attorneys should take note of new automated license plate readers that help officers identify commercial drivers who are in violation of hours of service rules. The trucking technology automatically screens trucks passing Washington weigh stations for size, weight, registration, and safety record. But it also lets trucking enforcement officers check how many …

Teamsters, Safety Groups Support HOS Changes in Letter to President Obama

As the October 28 deadline nears for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to announce any Hours of Service rule changes for commercial truck drivers, the Teamsters Union and several public health and safety organizations have sent a letter to President Barack Obama in support of shortening the number of consecutive hours a trucker can …

Hours of Service Rule Change Faces House Resistance

Republican members of the House Transportation committee have vowed to work “aggressively” to prevent changes in the current Hours-of-Service rules that would lead to shorter road hours for commercial truck drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is considering a rule that would reduce the limit for commercial drivers to the prior 10 hours. (The …

Roadcheck 2011: Hours of Service Caused Half of Out of Service Orders

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has published the results from Roadcheck 2011. The findings: 19.9% of the large trucks were out-of-service (illegal to be on the road) for serious safety violations like malfunctioning brakes. More than half (52.5%) of the drivers placed out-of-service were faulted for Hours of Service Violations during the 72-hour enforcement …

Fatal Bus Accident Illustrates Dangers of Driver Fatigue

As a truck accident attorney, I am concerned about safety issues such as driver fatigue, a common factor in fatal truck and commercial vehicle wrecks. As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) considers a change to the hours-of-service rules, a recent fatal bus crash illustrates the dangers of driver fatigue. Following the accident in …

New Studies May Delay FMCSA Hours of Service Ruling

Will the FMCSA miss its July 26 deadline for posting a final hours rule? This week, the agency placed into its hours-of-service docket four new studies on driver fatigue — all of which suggest that stricter standards saves lives. It is accepting public comment on the studies until June 8. Hours of service rules state …

Bipartisan Bill to Require EOBRs in Trucks

What better way to reduce truck accidents than by strictly enforcing Hours of Service rules with electronic on-board recording devices (EOBRs)? This truck accident attorney is pleased by newly proposed bipartisan legislation that calls for universal installation of EOBRs in commercial motor vehicles. The Commercial Driver Compliance Improvement Act, reintroduced last week by Senators Mark …

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