Seat belts, gas pains and a glimpse at the future

A couple of news stories caught my eye this week – and it’s only Tuesday. The FIRST ITEM, from The Huffington Post, details current research into seatbelts – specifically shoulder belts, which could – in the very near future – be reconfigured as biorhythm monitors. The belts ...

Photo Gallery: The 2014 Great American Trucking Show (Part I)

CCJ and Overdrive's parent company Randall-Reilly hosts the Great American Trucking Show (GATS) in Dallas every August. Click through to see the sights that caught executive editor Jack Roberts' eye during the show last week.

CVSA’s annual brake inspection spree happening Sept. 7-13

The annual Brake Safety Week inspection spree will take place Sept. 7-13, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced. CVSA says more than 30,000 trucks and buses will be inspected.

Owner-op challenging Ontario’s truck speed limiter law

The Court of Appeals for Ontario has agreed to hear a challenge to province’s speed limiters law. The next step will be for the province’s highest court to schedule oral arguments before a three-judge panel.

Diesel continues to tumble, hits lowest price since July 2013

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel hit its lowest point since the week ended July 1, 2013, after falling 1.4 cents in the week ended Aug. 25 to $3.821. The price of diesel has fallen eight weeks in a row.

CSA data changes: Agency changes protocol to account for due process in citations

Violations against drivers or carriers that are dismissed or result in a “not guilty” ruling will no longer count in Compliance, Safety, Accountability scoring nor on driver Pre-Employment Screening Reports. The changes account for due process and any legal processes that come after roadside citations ...

In case you missed it: Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference wrap-up

Equipment, tech and economic outlooks for the trucking industry highlighted the discussions and the 2014 CVOC. Catch up here, if you missed it.

Truck race circuit opens fleet truck exchange program

The partners behind the ChampTruck World Series Class 8 truck racing series, slated to start with an April 17-19 event at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2015, announced the Fleet Participation Program at the Great American Trucking Show.

GATS speakers talk drivers’ role in CSA, inspections and nat gas adoption

Jeff Langloss, federal program manager for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the state of Texas, during his “CSA: Pre- and Post-trip Inpection” seminar at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, drove home the importance of the driver in carriers’ Vehicle Maintenance BASIC ...

Julie Matulle named Top Rookie at Great American Trucking Show

Julie Matulle, a 46-year-old driver for H.O. Wolding Inc. in Amherst, Wisc. is the winner of the fourth annual Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie Award. She received the award, including $10,000 and a variety of prizes, today in ceremonies at the Great American Trucking Show ...

Trucking industry makes Wreaths Across America possible, successful, the group says

Wreaths Across America said Aug. 22 at the Great American Trucking Show that its goal for this year’s annual wreath laying memorial ceremony is to gain enough support to be able to lay a wreath at every marker at Arlington National Cemetery.

Scott Darling, FMCSA’s top lawyer, to serve as interim administrator

FMCSA has a new acting administrator. The news came in a farewell message from former FMCSA Admin. Anne Ferro. Also in her message was another bit of personnel news: Deputy Administrator Bill Bronrott is leaving the agency at the end of the year.

Rand McNally releases next-gen GPS navigation devices

On Friday, Aug. 22, at the Great American Trucking Show, Rand McNally, introduced its latest generation IntelliRoute TND GPS devices for commercial truck drivers.