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Brett Emison

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 [...]
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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 suggest the semi [...]
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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 truck drivers [...]
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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, [...]
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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 shortage in the trucking industry, which is only forecast [...]
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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 a roadway, particularly at night. [...]
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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 interactive view of trucking crash statistics. [...]
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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 operation only to come back under a new name and [...]
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Truck Driver Shortage & Highway Safety

There is a shortage of safe, qualified truck drivers in the trucking industry. CNN estimated the current shortage at 200,000 drivers. However, a trucking industry consultant estimated today's shortage will increase to 800,000 by 2014. This [...]
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Black Box Trucking Proposal & FMCSA Cracks Down On Wisconsin Trucking Company

Two different news stories this week deal with the trucking industry and commercial trucking safety. The first story comes from USA Today and has to do with onboard data recorders – black boxes similar to those found on aircraft. [...]