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  • 11 May 2016 3:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Program Works with Motorcyclists to Promote Awareness, Safety Tips

    Arlington, Va. – Today, American Trucking Associations and ATA’s Share the Road Highway Safety Program are bringing awareness to Motorcycle Safety Month and urging all motorists to be aware of motorcycles while driving down the highway.

     “Motorcyclists and truck drivers understand that due to the unique qualities of their vehicles, they must remain vigilantly committed to safety at all times in order to keep our roads safe,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “As part of Motorcycle Awareness Month, ATA’s Share the Road program is working with motorcycle groups to educate all motorists on the importance of safely sharing the road with trucks and motorcycles.”

     Last week, Share the Road professional truck drivers spoke with the Williamsport, Pa. chapter of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association about how motorcyclists can stay out of truck blind spots. GWRRA meetings held in Dalton, Ga. and an upcoming meeting in Billings, Mont. aim to bring attention to the need for cooperation and dialogue between professional truck drivers and motorcyclists.

     “Like motorcyclists, truck drivers find a certain level of comfort and enjoyment while out on the highway,” said professional truck driver John McKown (UPS Freight). “With that said, we need to take every safety precaution possible and teach each other about our vehicles so that we can continue to take advantage of the nation’s roads.”

     ATA’s Share the Road professional truck drivers compiled a list of truck safety tips for motorcyclists looking to stay safe this driving season.   

    • Space is time, and time saves lives: At 65mph, trucks and motorcycles are traveling almost 100 feet per second. It takes a fully loaded tractor-trailer more than the length of a football field to come to a complete stop. Maintain a safe distance in front of trucks.
    • Look for the driver in the mirror before beginning to pass. If the driver can’t see you, then he or she has no way of knowing you are there.
    • When passing, never linger alongside a truck. Due to large blindspots on all sides of a truck, it becomes easy for a motorcycle to become invisible to a truck driver.
    • When riding behind a truck, maintain at least a 4 second following distance. Stay far enough back to see the driver’s mirrors. This gives you enough time to maneuver around debris and react to emergencies.
    • When riding as a group in a stagger pattern, it is safest to pass the truck in single file, staying to the far side of the lane.
    • When possible, avoid passing on the right side. The right blindspot is the largest blindspot and runs the length of the truck, extending out three lanes. Pass on the left.
    • Always wear a helmet. It is estimated that 1,699 motorcyclists’ lives were saved by a helmet in 2012.  

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that fatalities are 26 times more likely in motorcycle crashes than in car crashes. ATA and ATA’s Share the Road highway safety program are committed to improving safety between trucks and motorcycles.


  • 18 Apr 2016 11:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Safety Data Shows Some Yearly Gains and Continuation of Long-Term Trend

    Arlington, Va. – Today, American Trucking Associations officials said they were pleased by the announcement today by the Department of Transportation that fatal truck crashes fell 3.7% in 2014, continuing the decade-long improvement in safety the industry has experienced.

     “It is a tragedy whenever there is a fatality on our highways, but the trucking industry is pleased to see that it is a tragedy that fewer and fewer Americans are experiencing,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “While the one-year decline being reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is positive, the long-term trend is of paramount importance, and that trend is impressive. The number of crashes involving large trucks had fallen 39% since 2004 and, while there is much more to do, that is a figure our professional drivers, our safety directors, our technicians and our safety partners in federal and state law enforcement can be proud of.”

     There were a number of important findings in today’s release of FMCSA’s Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2014, including:

    • The injury crash rate for large trucks (0.29 per 100 million miles) continues to be roughly half the rate for passenger vehicles (0.58 per 100 million miles);
    • The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes fell 5% to 3,744 from 2013 to 2014, and is down 23.6% since 2004;
    • The number of miles traveled by large trucks rose by 1.5% in 2014, which coupled with the decline in truck-involved crashes, dropped the truck-involved fatality rate to 1.40 per 100 million miles, a 2.9% decline from 2013 and a 40.1% decline since 2004.
    • Speed, an issue where ATA has urged action at both the state and federal level for more than a decade, continues to be the number one driver-related factor in fatal crashes.
    “For 10 years, ATA has advocated for return to a national maximum speed limit of 65 miles per hour, and for mandatory use of electronic devices to limit the top speed of large trucks,” said ATA Executive Vice President of National Advocacy Dave Osiecki. “Today’s FMCSA report, coupled with recent research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety linking rising speed limits to increased highway fatalities, underscores the need for DOT to quickly advance a  rule limiting top truck speeds, and for states to re-think the setting of higher and higher speed limits.”

     “Today’s announcement of a decline in truck related fatalities and crashes is significant,” said ATA Chairman Pat Thomas, senior vice president of state government affairs for UPS Inc. “It shows the continuation of the positive long-term trend, a trend made possible, in part, by our industry’s continued investment in safety tools and technologies.”


  • 12 Apr 2016 12:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    America’s Road Team Offers Tips during National Work Zone Awareness Week

    Today, American Trucking Associations and America’s Road Team are urging motorists to be acutely aware of work zones in order to be safe on the nation’s highways. As part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, America’s Road Team Captains, elite drivers with millions of accident-free miles, are providing safe driving tips to keep both motorists and workers safe during this spring’s construction season.

    “The men and women working to improve highways and build infrastructure are committed to getting each of us home safely, which is why as a professional truck driver, I think all drivers should pay close attention to safety when entering work zones,” said America’s Road Team Captain Paul Savill, of UPS Freight. “Slowing down and not being distracted are two life-saving habits that we are working to promote.”

    National Work Zone Awareness Week, now in its 17th year, happens every April to encourage safe driving during the springtime resurgence of construction projects along roadways. This year's theme, "Don't Be That Driver" emphasizes the message that all drivers should be constantly focused and prepared for challenging conditions in and around work zones.

     America's Road Team Captains, professional truck drivers selected for their impressive driving records and commitment to safety, are sharing their wealth of experience from the road: 

    Work Zone Safety Tips for Motorists

    Expect the Unexpected – Speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.

    • Be Patient and Considerate – Work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better and safer.
    • Slow Down – Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.
    • Don't Tailgate – Keep a safe following distance between you and the car ahead.
    • Pay Attention to Posted Signs – Warning signs are there to help guide you, use them.
    • Stay Alert and Avoid Distracted Driving – Work zones present uncommon obstacles. Motorists need to pay attention to the road and their surroundings.
    • Plan Your Trip – Schedule your trip with plenty of extra time. Expect delays and leave early so you are not anxious while driving.
    • Be Aware of Blind Spots – Trucks have large blind spots in front, back and either side. Try to avoid lingering in this space and do not cut in front of a truck. 
    “We’re all trying to be as safe as possible out on the roads, so we owe it to the construction workers to take further precautions when we’re traveling through their work zones,” said America’s Road Team Captain and professional driver with Walmart Transportation Charlie Demchock. “With better roads, future trips become even safer and I appreciate the work those men and women do to make my job as a professional truck driver easier.”
  • 01 Apr 2016 8:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NJMTA established the New Jersey Motor Truck Association Fund Scholarship to assist the children of New Jersey employees of NJMTA members who seek to pursue a college education at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or at an accredited vocational/technical institution.

    Scholarships are made on academic potential, financial need and unusual circumstances without reference to race, creed, gender, disability, religion or national origin.

    Eligibility

    Applicants must be New Jersey residents who are *dependent children, age 23 and under, of full-time New Jersey based employees of a NJMTA member, in good standing. The member company must have a minimum of six months membership with NJMTA.

    *Dependent children are natural and legally adopted children or step-children living in the employee's household or primarily supported by the employee.

    Awards There will be three (3) $1,000 scholarships awarded. Awards are for undergraduate study only. 

    Application

    Interested students must complete the NJMTA Scholarship Fund Application for the next academic year and mail to NJMTA, 160 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, along with current transcript of grades, post marked no later than Monday, May 23, 2016. Recipients will be notified in June.

    Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, it is important to answer all questions as completely, as possible. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by the scholarship committee and NJMTA staff.

    Click here  for a copy of the 2-page Scholarship Application or call 732-254-5000 for a copy.

    Selection The final selection of recipients is made by the NJMTA Scholarship Committee. The committee will evaluate all applications on the basis of past educational performance and future potential, work experience, statement of career and educational aspirations and goals, leadership and participation in school and community activities. Unusual circumstances and financial need will be given careful consideration. Anyone who serves on the Scholarship Committee agrees that their family members will not be eligible to participate in the program. 

    Payment of Awards

    The award check will be mailed directly to the school in the student's name. 

    Questions 

    Students or employees having questions should contact:  Jennifer Blazovic at 

    732-254-5000 or by email jblazovic@njmta.org.   

     

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  • 21 Mar 2016 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Arlington, VA - The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry's not-for-profit research organization, today launched a new research initiative to collect real-world information on the daily situations and challenges that truck drivers face in locating appropriate and safe parking.  ATRI is recruiting drivers who will keep a 14-day diary of their truck parking issues.

    The diaries ask drivers to record daily stops that relate to fuel and food stops, their 30-minute rest break and the mandated 10-hour break.  Drivers will record the time and location of their stops, how long it took them to find available parking and other information about the location, amenities and why it was selected.  Drivers will also log the amount of time they lost in their duty day if they parked before running out of hours simply to secure available parking. 

    The data collected in ATRI's driver diaries will also build on existing knowledge of truck parking shortages by providing qualitative information on driver parking behavior as well as how parking uncertainty impacts the industry's productivity.

    "ATRI's truck parking diaries represent a first-of-its-kind opportunity for drivers to document their truck parking issues.  We all talk about how tough it is to find truck parking; ATRI is giving us the chance to document the issues on a national scale so that solutions can be identified and acted on," said professional driver David Green of Werner Enterprises and one of the America's Road Team Captains.  "I am excited about completing my diary and I encourage my fellow drivers to also participate."

    Drivers who are interested in participating should visit the ATRI website to complete a brief prequalifying survey, or visit ATRI's booth #40577 at the Mid-America Trucking Show.  Selected drivers will be contacted by email to obtain the diary.  The first 100 participants to return their completed Truck Parking Diary will receive a $50 VISA gift card. 

    Commercial drivers with questions about participating are encouraged to contact ATRI by email at ATRI@trucking.org.  ATRI rigorously protects the confidentiality of all participants and responses in its research.  Any identifiable characteristics will be removed and findings will only be reported in the aggregate.


  • 21 Mar 2016 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is issuing this bulletin based upon a safety recall initiated by Volvo Trucks affecting nearly 20,000 Class 8 motor vehicles, with more than 17,000 affected vehicles in the United States (click here to view Volvo Trucks’ “Safety Recall Alert”). - See more at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/urgent-inspection-bulletin-safety-recall-issued-volvo-trucks#sthash.YEUAstOt.dpuf

    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/urgent-inspection-bulletin-safety-recall-issued-volvo-trucks


  • 15 Mar 2016 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, a number of organizations representing the commercial truck and bus industries presented the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration with a poster honoring seventy-six professional drivers for their millions of miles of accident-free driving.

    “We present this poster on behalf of the truck and bus industry recognizing these tremendous professional drivers,” Sean McNally, American Trucking Associations’ vice president of public affairs, said today in a brief ceremony at FMCSA headquarters. “There are four million professional drivers on the road and these men and women are the pinnacle of their profession. We hope this will hang in the foyer so visitors and staff of FMCSA can be reminded that they have many safety partners here, but none more important than our professional men and women who are behind the wheel of our trucks and buses.”

    In addition to ATA, representatives of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the American Moving & Storage Association, the American Bus Association and United Motorcoach Association, presented the poster to Acting FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling.

    “We congratulate all the drivers for being a part of something that the trucking industry can look to as the epitome of safe driving. Those men and women are the unsung heroes that carry the lifeblood of the nation and make it all work,” said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer.

    “The American Moving & Storage Association is pleased with this recognition of the moving industry’s drivers who have driven millions of miles safely and responsibly all across the country. Making sure customers get their goods in the safest, most professional way possible is the moving industry’s top priority, and we are honored that this poster will serve as a reminder of that commitment with the public and federal officials,” said Dan Veoni, AMSA vice president of government affairs.

    FMCSA said the poster will be hung in a formal event later this spring.

    “We’re pleased that FMCSA has taken this step to honor the professional men and women who move America’s goods safely each day,” saidATA President and CEO Bill Graves, “and we look forward to seeing it hung prominently in the halls of FMCSA headquarters.”

    A PDF of the poster can be downloaded here, and photos and video of today’s event can be found here


  • 15 Mar 2016 2:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced that the agencies are seeking public input during the next 90 days on the impacts of screening, evaluating, and treating rail workers and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  The National Transportation Safety Board  recommended that DOT take action to address OSA screening and treatment for transportation workers.

    The joint Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) is the first step as both agencies consider whether to propose requirements specifically on OSA.  FRA and FMCSA will host three public listening sessions to gather input on OSA in Washington, DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. 

    “It is imperative for everyone’s safety that commercial motor vehicle drivers and train operators be fully focused and immediately responsive at all times,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “DOT strongly encourages comment from the public on how to best respond to this national health and transportation safety issue.”

    It is estimated that 22 million men and women could be suffering from undiagnosed OSA, a respiratory disorder characterized by a reduction or cessation of breathing during sleep.  Undiagnosed or inadequately treated moderate to severe OSA can cause unintended sleep episodes and deficits in attention, concentration, situational awareness, memory, and the capacity to safely respond to hazards when performing safety sensitive service.  For individuals with OSA, eight hours of sleep can be less refreshing than four hours of ordinary, uninterrupted sleep, according to a study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  The size and scope of the potential problem means that OSA presents a critical safety issue for all modes and operations in the transportation industry.

    “The sooner patients with OSA are diagnosed and treated, the sooner our rail network will be safer,” said FRA Administrator Sarah Feinberg said.  “Over the next 90 days, we look forward to hearing views from stakeholders about the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea, their views on diagnosis and treatment, and potential economic impacts.”

    “The collection and analysis of sound data on the impact of OSA must be our immediate first step,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling.  “We call upon the public to help us better understand the prevalence of OSA among commercial truck and bus drivers, as well as the safety and economic impacts on the truck and bus industries.”

    FRA is also currently working on a rule that will require certain railroads to establish fatigue management plans.  In 2012, FRA partnered with the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, WFBH Education Foundation and the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to sponsor the Railroaders’ Guide to Healthy Sleep website[external link].  The site provides educational information to railroaders and their families about sleep disorders and information to improve sleep quality.

    For any CMV drivers who are detected to have a respiratory dysfunction, such as OSA, FMCSA currently recommends that medical examiners refer them for further evaluation and therapy.  In January 2015, FMCSA issued a bulletin to remind healthcare professionals on the agency’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners of the current physical qualifications standard and advisory criteria concerning the respiratory system, specifically how the requirements apply to drivers that may have obstructive sleep apnea.  Click here for a copy of the FMCSA bulletin.

    To read the ANPRM and provide comments, click here

  • 15 Mar 2016 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On May 27, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published in the Federal Register a Final Rule to identify motor carriers transporting passengers in interstate commerce and correctly assign responsibility to these entities for regulatory violations during inspections, compliance investigations, and crash investigations. 

    This Final Rule will also provide the general public with the means to identify the responsible motor carrier at the time transportation services are provided. 

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had recommended that FMCSA regulate the leasing of passenger carriers in much the same way as it regulates the leasing of for-hire property carriers. 

    The original compliance date as set forth in the Final Rule was January 1, 2017. 

    The one-year extension of the compliance date announced today will allow FMCSA a sufficient opportunity to review and, where appropriate, make adjustments due to a number of petitions for reconsideration. 

    For further information, see today’s Federal Register announcement here.   


  • 11 Mar 2016 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Arlington, Va. – Today, American Trucking Associations and the professional drivers that make up its Share the Road highway safety program urged motorists to be cautious around potholes.

     “The trucking industry knows our network of highways continues to show signs of age and wear and tear every day, so when poor winter weather magnifies problems with our roads and bridges, safety has to be our biggest priority,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “Professional truck drivers know the hazards associated with potholes because they see it in their daily work - cars sitting on the side of the road, blown tires creating unsafe conditions and traffic congestion slowing the movement of freight.”

     recent study released by AAA estimates that potholes cost drivers more than $3 billion annually. The costs come in the form of bent wheels, blown tires and suspension damage and, over the past five years, have impacted more than 16 million drivers.

     “Potholes can cause extensive damage to your vehicle and create unsafe conditions for everyone on the road,” said Share the RoadProfessional Truck Driver Byron Bramwell (YRC Freight). “This time of year, it’s important that all drivers maintain safe following distances and go over potholes slowly so that the holes don’t get worse.”

     ATA continues to call on lawmakers at every level of government – federal, state and local – to fully fund infrastructure repairs, and urges all drivers to stay safe by remaining alert and paying attention to potholes in their communities.

     Share the Road Professional Truck Drivers are elite drivers with millions of accident-free miles. The drivers offered these tips in order to keep your family safe and avoid unnecessary car maintenance costs when faced with potholes:

    • Slow Down: If unable to fully avoid a pothole, it’s best to go over it slowly. Do not veer into other driving lanes to avoid potholes. Reducing your speed can prevent damage to your car and keep the pothole from expanding.
    • Report Potholes: Many cities and states have pothole reporting hotlines. One phone call could help create safer conditions for fellow motorists.
    • Buckle up: Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45% and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road. If traveling with any children, make sure they too are properly secured.
    • Properly secure every item in your vehicle: Try to suitably secure all objects and do not place anything on your lap or near the driver’s side floor. A pothole can cause improperly secured items to slide under the brake pedal and prevent you from stopping. 
    • Be aware of the vehicle in front of you: Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front to avoid asphalt from potholes that might kick up into your windshield.
    • Be aware of truck blind spots: When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of their blind spots. If you can't see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can't see you. Keep in mind that trucks will do their best at safely avoiding potholes.
    • Keep your eyes on the road: Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents, and can keep you from avoiding potholes in your path. Two seconds of distracted driving creates unsafe conditions. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.
    American Trucking Associations and the Share the Road Highway Safety Program would like to thank you for supporting highway safety.


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