The Garden City Police Department received the 2010 Georgia Governor’s Challenge Award for reducing commercial vehicle accidents. According to Garden City police, commercial vehicle accidents have gone down by 40% since they launched their Commercial Vehicle Traffic Unit, in 2008. The Governor’s Challenge Award was created to encouraged highway safety enforcement and education.
Garden City PD recognized that trucking accidents and trucking safety had become a growing problem in the area as commercial traffic increased with the growth and development of the Georgia Ports Authority. Officers who observed what appeared to be safety violations did not have the authority to take action. They needed special training and certification to inspect the trucks and enforce safety regulations. Read the rest »
On October 25, 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a joint press conference to announce their proposed standards for fuel economy and emissions for medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. The new rules will cover model years 2014 to 2018.
The new standards were created in compliance with an order signed by President Obama in May, 2010. No order of this kind had ever been issued by a president in the past. It required the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the EPA to work together to create a rule that would set limits on fuel consumption emissions for new, large commercial vehicles from the model year 2014 forward. Read the rest »
If you have never considered adequate truck parking as an issue that affects you and your family, you are not alone. Most people who are not commercial drivers do not think about or realize how this issue directly affects their safety. Lack of adequate truck parking leads to trucking accidentsin many ways. The battle for laws to provide adequate truck parking is a battle for your safety, not just for the convenience of truck drivers.
Lack of parking is one of the many factors that contribute to driver fatigue. Driver fatigue is a contributing factor in a large portion of trucking accidents. Hours of Service (HOS) rules dictate how long a truck driver can be on duty and on the road during a twenty four hour period, but when there is no place to pull over and take the mandated breaks, truckers are forced to push on no matter how badly they need to rest. They are forced to break the law and compromise the safety of everyone on the road. Read the rest »
In the first quarter of 2010, truck driver turnover was at a record low. In the second quarter it was on the rise for the first time in nearly four years. High truck driver turnover has been linked to higher accident rates. Industry experts are anticipating an upcoming shortage of drivers, and that will mean more new inexperienced drivers on the road.
What Will Cause the Shortage?
Three factors are expected to create a shortage in drivers. Freight is expected to increase, aging truck drivers are getting out of the business, and a new safety program called Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010 is about to go into full effect. Read the rest »
A poorly maintained truck is an accident waiting to happen. The responsibility for truck maintenance is shared by truck drivers and the trucking company, but ultimately the trucking company holds the majority or all of the responsibility for an accident that is caused by inadequate truck maintenance. Truck drivers play a big role in catching problems with their trucks. They are required to inspect the truck on a daily basis.
Trucking Company Responsibility
Trucking companies are required to keep very detailed records of the maintenance on their trucks. This includes records of repair requests made by drivers, the parts purchased, and the actual repairs that are made. Plus, they must have annual inspections by a qualified inspector. Read the rest »
On September 9, 2010 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its crash statistics for 2009. Highway deaths of all types were down to 33,808, the lowest they have been since 1950. There were 3,380 in 2009. That is down 20% from 2008, and the lowest ever recorded by the Department of Transportation.
Of all types of traffic fatalities in the report large truck occupants saw the largest drop, decreasing by 26% from 2008. Fatalities resulting from alcohol-related trucking accidents were down by 14% in 2009. Trucking fatalities have dropped by 33% since January, 2004. That is when the new Hours of Service Regulations (HOS) went into effect. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) credits the HOS laws for the drop in fatalities and says it will continue to support the current regulations. Read the rest »