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Meritor Wabco Collision Mitigation System Substantially Improves Commercial Vehicle Fleet Safety

Posted on 6/14/2013 by Gwen Brown

A study conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and published by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) verifies the significant benefits of forward collision avoidance and mitigation technology installed on tractor-semitrailers and single unit trucks. Using Meritor WABCO’s OnGuard™ Collision Mitigation System (CMS) for the study, UMTRI developed models to review and test a system currently operating in the field in addition to future technology. Based on this analysis, UMTRI also forecasted estimates of the safety benefits for future-generation systems.

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FMCSA Renews Flatbed Carrier Safety Group’s Exemption

Posted on 6/13/2013 by Gwen Brown

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration renewed the Flatbed Carrier Safety Group’s (FCSG) exemption that allows the securement of metal coils on a flatbed vehicle, in a sided vehicle, or in an intermodal container loaded with eyes crosswise, grouped in rows, in which the coils are loaded to contact each other in the longitudinal direction. Motor carriers may continue to use the pre-January 1, 2004 cargo securement regulations for the transportation of groups of metal coils with eyes crosswise, as this loading configuration is not currently covered under the Agency’s commodity-specific rules for securing metal coils in 49 CFR 393.120. The Agency has concluded that granting this exemption renewal will maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption. However, the Agency requests comments on this issue, especially from anyone who believes this standard will not be maintained.

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Hearing on Impacts of Truckers Hours of Service Regulations

Posted on 6/13/2013 by Gwen Brown

The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), will hold a hearing next Tuesday on recently revised commercial driver hours of service regulations. These revised regulations come into effect on July 1, 2013 and will have significant impacts on the property-carrying commercial motor vehicle industry.

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The Potential Risk of an Unclaimed Property Audit

Posted on 6/13/2013 by Gwen Brown

Unclaimed property laws have been on the books in all 50 states for decades, but enforcement has been limited or nonexistent. Now, as states cast about for new sources of revenue, many are focusing new attention on these languishing laws, bringing organizations of all sizes and types under intense scrutiny. Those that are unprepared face substantial penalties, whether their noncompliance is intentional or not.

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Ervin Equipment Helps Extend Tire Life, Improve Mileage With Automatic Tire Inflation System by P.S.I.

Posted on 6/13/2013 by Gwen Brown

Tires are the number-one maintenance cost for fleets. In efforts to help its customers extend the lives of their tires, Ervin Equipment has formed a vendor/customer relationship with San Antonio-based Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.) to begin offering the Meritor Tire Inflation System by P.S.I.™ on its used and new trailers.

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P.S.I. Recognizes Fleet Contribution

Posted on 6/13/2013 by Gwen Brown

Throughout 2013, Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.) is celebrating its 20th anniversary of providing automatic tire inflation systems for commercial vehicles by honoring twelve fleets, three for each five year interval from 1993 through the present, that have played a major role in the success of the company. On June 10, 2013 Frank Sonzala and Mike Niemeyer presented the sixth in the series, the June Fleet of the Month award, to U.S. Express at their Chattanooga headquarters. Each of the fleets honored in the first half of 2013 were instrumental in building the company’s foundation.

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Freight Shipments Fell 1.2% in April from March

Posted on 6/13/2013 by Gwen Brown

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1.2% in April from March, declining after five consecutive monthly increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) released today. The April 2013 index level (112.4) was 18.5% above the April 2009 low during the most recent recession.

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