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Brett Emison

Congress Extends Trucker Hours in Sneaky Budget Deal

  As Congress rushed to finalize a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government funded into next year, trucking and highway safety took a backseat.  A provision, written by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) rolled back hours of service requirements […]

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Wal-Mart Blames the Victims in Tracy Morgan Crash

  In the wake of the semi truck crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and others and which killed comedian James (“Jimmy Mack”) McNair, Wal-Mart said it would “take full responsibility” if its tractor trailer caused the accident.  However, Wal-Mart’s […]

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Trucking Companies Ask Gov’t To Hide Safety Scores

  The Department of Transportation has an online tool that allows the public to see motor carrier (read: commercial trucking company) safety and performance data.  It’s called the Safety Measurement System and it is compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier […]

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Tracy Morgan Crash Sheds Light on Tired Truck Drivers

Comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured over the weekend when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by a semi truck and trailer.  The trucking crash has put a spotlight on the dangers of tired truck drivers as reports […]

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New Hours of Service Rules For Truck Drivers Take Effect

New hours of service requirements for truck drivers took effect July 1, 2013 New hours of service rules for truck drivers took effect July 1, 2013.  The new rules are designed to improve safety by limiting the number of hours […]

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Inexperienced Truck Drivers Must Be Taught “Completely Differently”

  Trucking companies have begun implementing separate training programs for inexperienced drivers because “[y]ou have to teach [them] completely differently.”  An article in the trucking industry publication, Transport Topics, suggested  that truck companies are turning to such programs to increase […]

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Trucking Industry Still Facing Massive Labor Shortage

A shortage of safe, qualified semi truck drivers is still affecting the trucking industry. CNN published a recent online article that claims there is currently a 20,000-30,000 worker…

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Trucking Conspicuity: What You Can't See Can Hurt You

Conspicuity. It's awkward word for a deadly problem.

Conspicuity refers to a driver's ability to see, perceive, identify, and appreciate a semi-truck's position and speed on…

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Study Shows Truck Drivers Are Falling Asleep At The Wheel

More than 3,900 people were killed in accidents with trucks last year (the number would be higher, but the federal government has not finished counting yet). Click the image above for an…

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GAO Report Recommends New Applicant Reviews Expanded to Identify “Chameleon Carriers”

There has been an increasing trend in the trucking industry in which shady and even dangerous trucking companies, previously saddled with violations and accidents, artificially shut down…