Archive for safety

A Loophole Protecting Impaired Truck Drivers is About to Close

A loophole in a law designed to keep drunk and drug impaired truck drivers off the road is finally about to close. This will improve road safety by preventing 900 crashes. The trucking industry has long been in favor of this regulation.

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Proposed Transportation Regulations to Impact the Autonomous Vehicle Market

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed new safety regulations that will impact the Autonomous Vehicle market. The chief fear surrounding Autonomous vehicles is that they could cause crashes. The new technology proposed by NHTSA could help reduce many kinds of accidents.

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Autonomous Fork Lifts Make the Warehouse Safer

The viability of autonomous mobility for the industrial market has been catalyzed by the success of Kiva Solutions and iRobot.  The commercial success of autonomous mobile robotics from these companies has transformed the technology from a novelty and curiosity status to a technology to be taken seriously.  While these companies garner considerable media attention, the use of autonomous mobility remains under the media radar in automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) and forklifts.  AGV and forklift truck […]

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Guest Commentary: Suit Filed Alleging FMCSA Overreach on Publication of SMS Methodology

On July 16, 2012, ASECTT (the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation), four other trade associations and twelve named plaintiffs sued the FMCSA over its May 16th publication of “New Resources Available for Shippers, Brokers, and Insurers” on its website. This guidance makes clear that the FMCSA does not intend to perform its job under existing statute of determining which carriers are fit to operate on the highways and shutting down the rest. […]

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Guest Commentary: Key CSA Scores May Be Poor Indicators of Carrier Safety

Wells Fargo Senior Analyst Anthony Gallo published an excellent document on March 28 highlighting critical problems with CSA 2010. You can contact me or contact Anthony directly at anthony.gallo@wellsfargo.com for the full document, but I want to highlight a couple of key points. The analysis shows little or no correlation between the CSA BASIC scores for unsafe driving and fatigued driving and accidents per million miles. Everyone wants to see continued reductions in truck-related accidents. […]

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Mining the CSA Database

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) initially sold CSA 2010 as a tool for carriers to drive continuous improvement in driver safety, and it specifically said that this data was not intended for brokers, shippers, law firms, or insurance underwriters. But now that the data is publicly available, it is going to be used by everyone, not just carriers. (I can’t find any evidence of a lawsuit being filed yet based on this data, […]

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