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- This Trucker Drove South For 10 Miles… In Northbound LanesA trucker has been arrested after he drove for about 10 miles against the flow of traffic on an interstate in Vermont. When asked, the driver was “unable to provide an explanation” for his actions. Vermont State Police got multiple calls just before 3pm on Tuesday of this past week about a tractor-trailer driving the wrong way. According to the police report, 63-year-old Daniel Sheehan Jr. was arrested after driving South for approximately 10 miles on I-89 North. State Troopers were able to get Sheehan’s truck stopped and pulled into a U-turn area. According to the police report, Sheehan “was unable to provide an explanation as to how he ended up driving wrong way against the flow of traffic for approximately 10 miles.” After being examined by emergency medical personnel, Sheehan was arrested and cited on suspicion of DUI and Gross Negligent Operation. Miraculously, there were no… ..... Read More.1 week ago
- CVSA Enforcement Inspection Blitz Runs All This WeekOne of North America’s largest enforcement blitzes is just around the corner. Operation Safe Driver Week begins on July 14th and runs for an entire week. Every year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week sees law enforcement across North America cracking down on “unsafe driving behaviors” around Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs). The goal of the program is to reduce the number of people killed in large truck crashes. This year, the CVSA has selected speeding as the emphasis area for enforcement officers. The message that the CVSA has been pushing is “Late won’t kill you, speeding will.” Officers will also be on the lookout for other violations including distracted driving, texting, following too closely, improper lane changes, and more. Unlike some other enforcement blitzes, Operation Safe Driver Week isn’t targeted at truckers only. While CMV drivers are a focus, enforcement officers are also on… ..... Read More.1 week ago
- Truck Speed Limiters Will Be Set At 65 MPH Nationwide If This Bill Becomes LawA new bill has been introduced which would require almost all trucks in the U.S. to set their speed limiters to 65mph. Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson and Delaware Senator Chris Coons have introduced “The Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act of 2019.” Named in honor of Road Safe America president and co-founder Steve Owings’s late son, the bill would require all new trucks to be manufactured with a built-in speed limiter set to 65mph. In addition, all trucks that currently have speed limiting abilities must have set their limiters to 65mph. “The majority of trucks on our roads already have speed-limiting technology built in, and the rest of the technologically advanced world has already put them to use to ensure drivers follow safe speeds,” Senator Isakson said. “This legislation would officially enforce a long-awaited speed limit of 65 mph on large trucks and reduce the number… ..... Read More.2 weeks ago
- Truckers Raise Record-Breaking $600k With Make-A-Wish ConvoyOwner-operators, company drivers, and even some whole fleets took part in this year’s Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Convoy. Organizers set an ambitious goal of $550,000. They hit that goal and smashed the record with a whopping $600,000+. Every year for the past 30 years, the local Make-A-Wish chapter for Philadelphia, Delaware, and Susquehanna Valley has put on the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy. It started back in 1990 when a young make-a-wish boy wanted to ride in a semi-truck and talk with his sister over the CB. Since then, it’s ballooned into a much large event. The day starts with a carnival in the morning where families come out for games, music, food, and of course to see the hundreds of trucks and drivers who take part in the event. This year, when the 1:30pm convoy roll-out time came along, 545 trucks took part. Truckers drive the 26-mile route from… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- Autonomous Semi With No Trucker In Cab Drives On Public HighwayTwo weeks ago, an autonomous truck drove itself on a public highway in Florida without a safety driver behind the wheel. In fact, there was no one inside the truck at all. Starsky Robotics announced on June 26th that it had reached a milestone in the race for a fully autonomous truck. On June 16th, the company put an autonomous truck on a 9.4-mile stretch of the Florida turnpike without a human inside. “We are now the only autonomous company that’s testing trucks without having people in the cabs on public roads with the motoring public,” CEO Stefan Seltz-Axmacher told FreightWaves. It’s an attention-grabbing claim, but one that may only be true because other companies keep safety drivers behind the wheel while testing their autonomous trucks in case one of their systems fails. During the test-run, a human driver sitting 200 miles away in Jacksonville, Florida remotely piloted… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- CDL Mills And Bad Trainers Will Love This FMCSA RuleA new rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is about to make it a whole lot easier for so-called ‘CDL mills’ to churn out drivers – and for unscrupulous schools to hand out CDLs to anyone who can pay regardless of their driving ability. According to a notice published in the Federal Register, the FMCSA is planning on allowing CDL schools to administer skills tests to students that they trained. This means that driver training, written exams, and skills tests can all be conducted by the same company. Currently, CDL schools aren’t allowed to conduct skills tests for students that they trained. This helps to prevent “pay-to-play” training and outright fraud. The FMCSA says that repealing that rule would “alleviate CDL skill testing delays and reduce inconvenience and cost for third party testers and CDL applicants, without negatively impacting safety.” The American Trucking Association (ATA),… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago