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 »
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 »