Transportation Safety

Michigan truck drivers fired after raising safety concerns

Asphalt Specialists, Inc. ordered to pay $1 mill+ in damages
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Asphalt Specialists Inc. has been found in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act for wrongfully terminating a foreman and two truck drivers who had raised safety concerns after being directed to violate U.S. Department of Transportation mandated hours of service for commercial truck drivers.


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Two work zone crashes in eight days have Minnesota on alert

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Two crashes this month involving highway work zones in Minnesota highlight the need for motorists to pay attention and follow directions.


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DOT starts rulemaking process for vehicle-to-vehicle communications

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The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Monday released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) and a supporting comprehensive research report on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology.


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NTSB proposes changes in investigation procedures

Agency seeks public comments
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment regarding proposed changes to rules governing investigation procedures. The rules are laid out in 49 C.F.R. part 831.


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DOT proposes new reg to protect bus passengers in rollover crashes

Performance requirements would reduce risk of ejection
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a new federal motor vehicle safety standard to protect motorcoach and other large bus passengers in rollover crashes.  The proposal aims to improve the structural design of large buses to ensure that passengers are better protected in a deadly vehicle rollover by ensuring that the space around them remains sufficiently intact and the emergency exits remain operable.


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Fatal Md. derailment caused by broken rail

NTSB wraps up investigation
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The derailment of a CSX coal train on a railroad bridge in Ellicott City, Md., on August 20, 2012 was caused by a broken rail with evidence of rolling contact fatigue, the National Transportation Board (NTSB) has concluded.


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Untrained crew caused NJ train derailment, hazmat release

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that a derailment at Paulsboro Bridge in New Jersey, which resulted in a hazardous material release occurred because Consolidated Rail Corporation rules allowed the train to proceed past a red signal onto a movable bridge without the rail slide locks being fully engaged.


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Safe Trailering

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Selection of binding chains: (49CFR 393.102) Truckers frequently use chains to tie down their loads securely, to enhance safety and abide by the law. There are two important factors to keep in mind when evaluating chains.


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NHTSA's tips for safer summer bicycling

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Americans in increasing numbers are embracing bicycling for fun, fitness, and for getting to work, school and errands. Summer is here, school is out, and more young people are out on their bikes. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding everyone about safety tips for safe bicycling this summer and throughout the year.


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U.S. DOT proposes rulemaking for the safe transportation of crude oil, flammable materials

Releases new data on Bakken crude oil to support increased safety measures
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The U.S. Department of Transportation has released the details of a comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail - particularly crude oil and ethanol - in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and a companion Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM).


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