It’s safety advocates v. DOT in long-disputed issue
March 15, 2013
A new battle in the long legal war over truckers’ hours of service (HOS) is taking place in a federal appellate court in Washington, D.C. today. Nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen is attempting to force the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to require what it calls “meaningful limits” on the hours truckers may drive – limits that Congress called for nearly 20 years ago, in an effort to improve transportation safety.
An inattentive driver and faulty brakes due to an improperly maintained vehicle were the probable cause of an accident in which a heavy commercial truck struck a California-bound Amtrak passenger train in the Nevada desert last summer killing six and injuring 16, the National Transportation Safety Board has revealed.
The U.S. Department of Labor has settled its whistleblower case against Tennessee trucking company Mark Alvis Inc., owner Mark Alvis and dispatcher Jack Taylor for terminating an employee who refused to operate a vehicle because he was ill, fatigued and did not have sufficient remaining hours to complete a delivery.
A NIOSH Science Blog post by Stephanie Pratt, PhD: A 45-year-old salesperson was killed in a motor vehicle crash while traveling to meet with clients.A 26-year-old emergency medical technician died when the ambulance she was in was struck head-on by a pickup truck traveling more than 70 miles per hour in the wrong lane of a two-lane road.
Found a butt-filled ashtray in a vehicle hauling explosives
August 30, 2012
A truck driver who was fired for refusing to drive with a co-worker who smoked in the vehicle – in a truck containing explosives – was the victim of retaliation, according to OSHA, which has his former employer to reinstate him.
A National Highway Transportation Safety (NTSB) investigation into a fiery, multi-fatality crash found that the driver of a truck was distracted by a cell phone call he was making when his vehicle crossed the median, struck a barrier and crashed into a 15-passenger van that was traveling in the opposite direction.