The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week occurs every year during September. The safety inspection blitz, dubbed Operation Air Brake, is focused mainly on detailed brake inspections. This year 20,067 trucks were inspected. Of those, 2,714 vehicles (13.5%) were placed out of service. With nearly 1 in 7 trucks with inadequate or poorly maintained brakes, 13.5% is the lowest out-of-service rating in the history of Operation Air Brake. [click to continue…]
Chief Administrator of the FMCSA, Anne Ferro, recently spent two days riding along with Leo Wilkens, a veteran Owner Operator and award winner for 21 years of safe, accident-free driving. Ferro drove with him between Maryland and St. Louis and according to her, learned a lot. [click to continue…]
On July 26th, a federal court rejected the lawsuit brought by OOIDA that was attempting to shut down the cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico. OOIDA argued that since Mexico’s safety and medical standards are less rigorous than those found in the US, having Mexican drivers on US roads would make them less safe. The court ruled that the FMCSA had included enough participants in the program so that they would be able to accurately judge the potential drawback and benefits of the program before making any lasting decisions. [click to continue…]
Dash cams are not a new invention. Drivers and carriers alike have mounted them on their vehicles in order to have a recording of the road and drivers around them to be used as proof should they need to prove fault in the case of an accident. Recently however, some carriers have begun turning the cameras around and using them to record their own drivers. [click to continue…]
When Craig Patty hired a new driver to operate one of the two trucks in his burgeoning fleet, he never expected that the man he hired had anything less that the pristine background that he saw on the job application. He wouldn’t have imagined that a government agency had falsified the criminal history report of his new employee so that they could use him as an informant. And he would never have believed that the DEA would refuse to offer him protection or pay for the damages after they used the informant in a botched sting operation that resulted in the destruction of his truck and death of his employee at the hands of the notorious Zetas drug cartel.
And yet, that’s exactly what happened. [click to continue…]
From the newest driver all the way up to the CEOs of megacarriers, someone in almost every corner of the trucking industry has spoken out against the July 1st HOS changes. The FMCSA is publicly standing behind their decision to move forward with the rule changes despite not having sufficient data to prove that the changes would have any positive impact on highway safety. Despite that however, they have been quietly granting exemptions from certain parts of the HOS rules to those that make enough noise or have enough political clout. [click to continue…]