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Reinstatement ordered for trucker fired for refusing to drive unsafe truck

Vehicle had inadequate tire tread
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An Oregon trucker wrongly fired for refusing to drive an unsafe vehicle will get her job back, plus reimbursement for back wages and compensation for fees associated with the case, after an OSHA investigation.


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Pilots association is kicked out of NTSB’s plane crash investigation

“It doesn’t matter who started it”
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has revoked the party status of both the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) and UPS Airlines from its ongoing investigation of UPS Flight 1354, an A300-600 air cargo flight that crashed on approach to Birmingham, Ala., last August.


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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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