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More commercial truck and bus drivers buckling up than ever, survey finds

More commercial truck and bus drivers in Missouri are buckling up behind the wheel, a new survey found, reflecting a larger national trend in safety belt awareness and usage amongst professional drivers. The Missouri Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Survey, which was conducted by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and released Tuesday, found that 80.6 percent of commercial drivers in Missouri used their seatbelts in 2010 – a dramatic increase from 2008 when just 73.4 percent of commercial drivers buckled up. Only 65 percent of commercial drivers used their safety belts in 2007, according to the Federal Motor Carrier ... Read More

Feds order trucking company to install recorders after falsifying records

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered JBS Carriers of Greeley, Colorado, to install electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) in its entire fleet of 700 trucks for serious violations of federal regulations designed to keep truckers and the roads they travel safe. The order to install the devices comes in response to a comprehensive investigation by FMCSA’s Western Service Center, which found JBS in serious violation of federal hours-of-service (HOS) rules and commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements. FMCSA cited the company for 102 counts of falsifying the hours-of-service records of their drivers and three counts of allowing drivers with ... Read More

Placed properly, lane departure warning sensors assist truck drivers

In a July 14 letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), The American Trucking Associations (ATA) asked federal regulators to waive the rules prohibiting the placement of lane departure warning sensors on the swept area of the windshield. ATA submitted the letter in support of a petition filed by trucking companies Con-way, TK Holdings, and Iteris, who seek to use the safety devices outside the permitted areas on their vehicles. Most lane departure warning systems use cameras to determine that a vehicle is within the center of the lane markings, just as human drivers do with their eyes. ... Read More