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Feds Propose Requiring Lower Speeds for Trucks and Buses

The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation’s highways. A new proposal Friday would impose a nationwide limit by electronically capping speeds with a device on newly made …

Data Confirms Improved Trucking Industry Safety

An analysis of data from the Department of Transportation done by the American Trucking Associations shows over both the long- and short-term that the rate of truck-involved fatalities is declining. “America’s trucking industry has invested billions to improve safety and …

Stronger Truck Underride Guards Proposed to Cut Rear-Impact Deaths

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing that trucking companies be required to install stronger guards on their trailers to reduce deaths caused when cars rear-end tractor trailers. The agency said Monday that underride guards, which have hung …

Senate Votes Against Longer Double Trailers

The Senate went on record Tuesday against a federal mandate that would force all states to allow trucks with extra-long double trailers on interstates, saying it first must be shown that the vehicles don’t undermine safety. By a vote of …

Federal Bill Offers Giveaways to Auto, Trucking Industries

Despite record auto recalls and rising highway deaths, Congress is ignoring changes sought by safety advocates and proposing giveaways to the auto and trucking industries that the Obama administration and others say could make matters worse. A House Energy and …

Lifestyle, Occupational Factors Increase Crash Risks for Truck Drivers

Truck drivers who are frequently fatigued after work, use cell phones while driving, or have an elevated pulse pressure – a potential predictor of cardiovascular disease – may be at increased risk for getting into truck accidents, according to a …

New Technology Promises to Make Trucking Safer

Ask truck drivers about the most important aspect of their job and chances are you will get the same answer: safety. Last year, about 78,000 total crashes were reported to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Of those reported, just …

Underage, Unlicensed Truck Driver Reveals What Really Happens on the Roads

American Trucking Associations executive Howard Abramson recently made a case in the New York Times for higher safety standards for trucks. It’s not hard to understand why: Large trucks were involved in at least 327,000 traffic accidents in 2013, killing …

As Congress Considers Lowering Age Limit, Teen Truckers Spark Worry

Drivers as young as 18 years old could be allowed to drive 80,000-pound trucks between states if Congress goes along with a proposal backed by the U.S. trucking industry that safety advocates say would be a disaster. The plan, part …

NTSB Says Trucking Safety Should Be a Higher Priority

Highway regulators have failed to act on more than 100 recommendations to improve truck safety at a time when fatalities have risen for four straight years, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. Priorities must change in 2015, with …