February 2012 News Archive

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Rewarding some of the top companies that exercise best practices in truck driving safety, First Guard Insurance Company recently announced the winners of its 2011 Fleet Safety Awards.

Trucking company Southeastern Freight Lines, based in Lexington, South Carolina, recently purchased a 25-acre tract in Ouachita Parish's new Charleston Industrial Park in Louisiana, where it plans to build a regional terminal, reported the Monroe News-Star.

Land Line magazine recently reported the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is pushing legislators to redefine the term "tank vehicle" because the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration changed the definition in a recently updated set of industry rules.

According to The News of Cumberland County, a local university in New Jersey recently announced it is offering a 6-week course that provides the necessary instruction for a driver to earn CDL training to become a member of the trucking industry.

A recent vote by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee ruled in favor of greater truck driving safety, when it decided to get rid of a proposal that would allow increased truck weights and lengths on roads throughout the United States, reported Land Line magazine.

A number of safety groups, including Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen and the Truck Safety Coalition, believe the new truck driver hours of service regulations still do not fight the problem of tired truckers, and have filed a lawsuit in opposition to the new rule.

Trucker health is expected to be one of the main topics at the upcoming Truckload Carriers Association convention, which will take place this year in Kissimee, Florida, on March 4-7.

Many critics in the United States say Mexican trucks on the nation's highways will erode safety.

Swift Transportation recently announced an agreement with Internet Truckstop to use its Carrier Registration Service Plus tool.

Online CDL training continues to evolve, with the introduction of new teacher resources that further enhance the education that truckers can receive via the internet, according to FleetOwner magazine.

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