Tag: ATA

  • July 14th, 2017

Alabama is updating its commercial learner’s permit (CLP) to comply with recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation. In the coming days, the state will start issuing a separate document for the CLP that is valid for 180 days, but applicants can renew it one time for an additional 180 days without retaking the knowledge […]

  • October 20th, 2015

The American Trucking Association (ATA) is pushing for federal regulators to require the installation of automatic emergency braking systems on U.S. cars and trucks. The group, which lobbies for truck companies, said the automated braking systems would reduce the potential for accidents on the nation’s roads and highways. “In our role as a safety leader, […]

  • June 30th, 2015

This reports describes research completed to study driver distraction among CMV operators. The team chose two common handheld devises that are major issues for today’s CMV operators: Mp3 players and cell phones. All 25 drivers who voluntarily participated in this study were professionals from commercial and independent companies who had at least 5 years of […]

  • March 31st, 2015

Many tractor-trailers on the nation’s roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has largely escaped the attention of highway officials. 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, or even […]

  • December 4th, 2014

Truck Safety advocates are calling for President Obama to veto the funding bill if it includes provisions to extend truck drivers’ hours or allow bigger trucks on the roads. “Americans do not want to share the road with bigger and longer trucks driven by overworked and overtired truckers,” said Jackie Gillian, president of the Advocates […]

  • November 12th, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is investigating whether truck drivers are being pressured to get behind the wheel and drive long hours even when they’re tired. This comes in response to an FMCSA rule proposed in March that would require truckers to record their hours electronically. The agency is looking into whether trucking […]

  • August 2nd, 2013

Tightened government regulations on the amount of hours long-haul truckers can spend on the road have been largely upheld by the federal appeals court, ending a 14-year legal fight between the industry and consumer groups. Some of the rules being challenged went into effect July 1, and include: Limiting the maximum average work week for […]