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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

The eight changes FMCSA hopes to make to hours-of-service rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed eight changes to Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules, which govern work shifts, rest periods, and driving hours for commercial truck and bus drivers. The current rules have gone far in driving down the number of fatigue-related truck crashes and fatalities, but the FMCSA says there is much room for improvement, even though large-truck crashes and fatalities are at their lowest levels since record keeping began in 1975. Since the current rules were enacted, large truck fatalities have dropped 33 percent, from 5,036 in 2003 to 3,380 in 2009. However, FMCSA officials say that new ... Read More

Feds shut down bus company after fatal accident

When commercial bus and trucking companies ignore federal and state regulations, people get hurt. That sad fact was clearly illustrated early Friday morning last week when a tour bus rolled over on Interstate 10 just south of Phoenix, Arizona killing 6 people and injuring the other 16 people on board, many of them seriously. The bus involved in the fatal crash is operated by Tierra Santa, Inc. of van Nuys, California. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s records, the bus company’s owner, Cavetano Martinez of Los Angeles, had been previously shut down by the agency reopened under another ... Read More