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Limits on truckers hours being fought in court

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.


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NTSB determines cause of fatal train/truck collision

December 17, 2012

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.


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Summit Training Source releases new online DOT: Driver Wellness Program

October 29, 2012

Due to an unhealthy lifestyle and lack of good nutritional options while traveling, truck drivers are categorically one of the unhealthiest populations in our country.


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NTSB to meet on fatal truck-train accident in Nevada

October 26, 2012

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a Board meeting next week to determine the probable cause of train-truck collision in Nevada that killed six people and injured fifteen.


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Tired, fired trucker ordered reinstated

Company told OSHA he quit
October 26, 2012

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.
 


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Drive safely work week

October 9, 2012

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.


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Trucker fired for objecting to smoking by co-driver

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.


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Fired whistleblowing truck driver gets reinstated, back pay

March 4, 2012

A truck driver who was terminated after reporting unsafe brakes and refusing to drive more than the allowable hours will get his jobs back and be paid more than $190,000.


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Feds cut hours truckers can work

December 22, 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced a final rule that would reduce the maximum number of hours a truck driver can work within a week.


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NTSB: Cell phone use caused truck-van crash that killed 11

September 13, 2011

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.


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