Large Trucks and CMVs
This page considers all trucks that are heavier than pickups.  While the majority of these are Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs), this page is not limited to just considering CMVs.
Teamsters Chief Fears U.S. Self-Driving Trucks May Be Unsafe, Hit Jobs
Reuters: The head of the 1.4-million member International Brotherhood of Teamsters union is mounting an aggressive effort to convince Congress to reject new rules to speed the deployment of self-driving trucks, warning they could lead to the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs and reduce road safety.

James P. Hoffa, who has headed the union since 1999, said on Tuesday that Congress could help major trucking companies ultimately get rid of drivers by automating vehicles, which would also pose serious risks to American drivers.

“I‘m concerned about highway safety. I am concerned about jobs,” Hoffa said in an interview at Teamsters headquarters. “I am concerned we are moving too fast in a very, very strategic area that we have to make sure we are doing it right because lives are involved.”

Hoffa’s worries come as technology industry executives and policy makers grapple with the possible impact of artificial intelligence and robotics on jobs and the economy, potentially putting millions of people out of work.

Click Here to Read More

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications

Toyota's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Kenworth Can Revolutionize Heavy Transport
Forbes: “We took two Mirai vehicles, tore them apart and integrated components into the Kenworth. This was a fast development program. The tanks are larger. Battery is larger. Motors are completely different from Mirai. But the two fuel-cell stacks are Mirai production units. The main purpose is to prove scalability of the Mirai system with little change to the rest of the truck. Our system can pull an 80,000-lb. combined load up a hill,” says Chris Rovik, engineering manager of Toyota Motor North America’s “Portal Project,” an effort to develop a fleet of zero-emission semi tractor-trailers to haul freight from the world’s two busiest container ports, Long Beach and Los Angeles, to a railhead well beyond the densely populated Southern California coastline. The I-710 freeway corridor in and out of these twin ports is nicknamed “cancer alley” because diesel emissions have blanketed the area for decades. The ports are not allowed to expand because of their current high levels of pollution.

Click Here to Read More

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
Tesla Developing Self-Driving Tech for Semi-Truck, Wants to Test in Nevada

Reuters: Tesla Inc is developing a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself and move in "platoons" that automatically follow a lead vehicle, and is getting closer to testing a prototype, according to an email discussion of potential road tests between the car company and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

While established trucking companies and truck manufacturing startups have poured resources into electrifying local package delivery fleets, battery range limitations have largely kept the industry from making electric trucks that travel across swaths of the country. Lithium ion battery researcher Venkat Viswanathan of Carnegie Mellon University said electric long-haul trucking is not economically feasible yet. “Your cargo essentially becomes the battery,” Viswanathan said of the massive batteries that would be needed to make range competitive with diesel.

Click Here to Read More

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications

2017 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics
Click Here to View the Pocket Guide

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications

ATLAS Center Improving the Safety of Older Truck Drivers Final Report
Road freight transportation represents a long-standing transportation safety and public health problem in the United States (US). In 2014, there were an estimated 438,000 large truck-involved crashes in the US, resulting in 3,903 people killed and approximately 111,000 injured.  This report focuses of improving the safety of older truck drivers on the road.

Click Here to Read More

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
FMCSA Safety Program Effectiveness | FY 2012
FMCSA has published another Safety Program Effectiveness report for the Carrier Intervention Effectiveness Model (CIEM) during the 2012 Fiscal Year.

Click Here
to Read More

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
Road Rage is Getting Worse, Not Better
The Florida Times-Union: If commuters only understood. That is the prevailing mentality of truck drivers when it comes to courtesy, and the lack thereof, on Florida’s highways. Jacksonville-based truckers say if people better understood the challenges of driving 18-wheelers, they’d be less inclined to spar with them on the roads. Lane changes and merging trigger the vast majority of road rage between trucks and other vehicles, the drivers said. That’s especially true of cars squeezing in front of tractor-trailers, forcing them to slam on the brakes.

Click Here to Read More

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
FMCSA Establishes National Training Standards for New Truck and Bus Drivers
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a Final Rule establishing comprehensive national minimum training standards for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or certain endorsements. The standards established in today’s rule address the knowledge and skills necessary for the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles and also establish minimum qualifications for entities and individuals who provide entry-level driver training. The entry-level driver training Final Rule retains many of the consensus recommendations of a negotiated rulemaking committee comprised of 25 stakeholders and FMCSA representatives.

Click Here to Read More

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
Federal Register: FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to establish requirements for the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse), a database under the Agency’s administration that will contain information about violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program for the holders of commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs).

Click Here to Read More

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications

Better Information Needed to Assess Effectiveness and Efficiency of Safety Interventions
GAO: In July 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) chose to delay nationwide implementation of two of the eight interventions that FMCSA uses to address motor carrier safety concerns under its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. This delay is linked to continuing delays in developing software needed to support the two interventions, offsite investigations and the use of cooperative safety plans. The software under development is intended to help FMCSA overcome some of the information challenges it faces due to its reliance on legacy information systems. FMCSA estimates that the software development project will be completed by April 2017.

Click Here to Read More

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
Trucker Shortage Prompts Calls for Driverless Big Rigs
Washington Examiner: America is facing a trucker crisis. As it readies for the busy holiday delivery season, the industry is expecting to be short about 73,000 long-distance drivers, more than three times the shortage of 2005, and that could lead to delivery delays and higher shipping costs.

Click Here to Read More

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
Truckers Claim Speed Caps Would Do More Harm than Good
Michigan Live: In response to a national proposal to electronically limit the speed of semitrailers, some truck drivers are warning that, if enacted, it could cause more traffic issues and deadly crashes.

The Associated Press reports around 150 "independent truckers" filed comments with the federal government against the proposal from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Under the proposal, the U.S. Department of Transportation would require all new U.S.-manufactured trucks, buses and multipurpose vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds to come with speed limiting devices.

Click Here to Read More

             

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all S
HA Update notifications

U.S. DOT Proposes Speed Limiters For Large Commercial Vehicles
FMCSA: U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that the Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) propose equipping heavy-duty vehicles with devices that limit their speeds on U.S. roadways, and requiring those devices be set to a maximum speed, a safety measure that could save lives and more than $1 billion in fuel costs each year.

Click Here to Read More


Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
National Cooperative Highway Research Program: Report 830
Multi-State, Multimodal, Oversize/Overweight Transportation

Click Here to Read More

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
FMCSA Launches Safety Campaign to Raise Awareness about Sharing the Road w/ Large Trucks
FMCSA: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced the launch of its new safety-focused campaign, "Our Roads, Our Responsibility," to raise public awareness about how to operate safely around large trucks and buses, or commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

"Trucks and buses move people and goods around the country, contributing to our economic wellbeing and our way of life," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  "These commercial vehicles also carry additional safety risks, so it’s critical that all road users understand how to safely share the road."


Click Here to Read More

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
LTBP Program's Literature Review on Weigh-in-Motion Systems
Click Here to Read More About This

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
Data Improvements Needed to Enhance Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program
The quality of data used in a federal state grant program needs to improve to ensure the program’s effectiveness, the president of a leading safety group told a Senate panel on July 12.

Click Here to Read More

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
Sleep Apnea Problems for Drivers of Large Trucks
Feds Inching Toward Implementing Possible Sleep Apnea Screening for Truckers

Click Here to Read More

American Transportation Research Institute came out with a report on Obstructive Sleep Apnea for Commercial Drivers

Click Here to Sign Up

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
Traffic Safety Facts: Large Trucks 2014 Data
In 2014 there were 3,903 people killed and an estimated 111,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. In the United States, an estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes during 2014.

Read More Facts Here

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
Passengers in Large Commercial Trucks Now Required to Wear Seat Belts
NHTSA: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced today that passengers riding in large commercial trucks will be required to use seat belts whenever the vehicles are operated on public roads in interstate commerce.  Effective August 8, 2016, the final rule revises Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and holds motor carriers and drivers responsible for ensuring that passengers riding in large commercial trucks are using seat belts.

Read More About This Here

Follow @SafeHomeAlabama for all SHA Update notifications
ATA Page


Visitors of this page may also be interested in the ATA PAGE.