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Rise in fatal truck and bus accidents

Pennsylvania motorists may not know that the number of large commercial trucks and buses involved in fatal accidents around the country increased by 8 percent in 2015 according to data from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that the large truck involvement rate, which is based on the number of fatal crashes for each 100 million miles traveled by semi-tractor trailers, also increased in 2015.

New rule rolled out after delay

After delays brought on by the Trump administration, a new rule that impacts new drivers took effect on June 5. The rule requires truckers in Pennsylvania and around the country who receive their CDL on or after Feb. 7, 2020 to take behind-the-wheel training. However, there is no minimum number of hours of such training needed to get a license. This is a point of contention as original drafts of the rule required at least 30 hours of such training.

HHS delays approval of hair testing for drug use by truckers

It may not be possible for companies in Pennsylvania and throughout the country to use hair testing to detect drug use because the Department of Health and Human Services has failed to issue guidelines. In December 2015, a bill was passed that set a Dec. 4, 2016 deadline for the HHS to set guidelines, but the department failed to act. As a result, the Department of Transportation has not been able to make it a testing method that is federally approved.

Autonomous trucks will bring changes to the industry

Pennsylvania big rig drivers may see a number of changes in the industry if autonomous trucks are introduced, but at a public meeting of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, it became clear that some concerns and regulations must first be addressed. One that was raised was the need for tractor-trailers to have manned controls. A safety example put forth by a board member of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association was one in which an autonomous vehicle was faced with a choice between hitting a brick wall or a group of schoolchildren.

More large trucks involved in crashes in Pennsylvania

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes an annual report called Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts. It includes information about large trucks, ones that weigh upwards of 10,000 pounds, that have been involved in accidents. According to the 2015 report, the number of trucks that were involved in fatal crashes as well as accidents that took place both increased.

Remote control autonomous trucking

Commercial truck drivers in Kentucky may soon be able to take advantage of the technology created by an autonomous trucking startup company that would allow commercial trucks to be remotely operated. The system created by the San Francisco-based company uses radar and camera systems on the sides and front of the vehicle to allow drivers to control the truck remotely from a terminal to its final delivery destination.

Truck drivers in poor health crash more often

A published study has revealed that truck drivers in Pennsylvania and around the country who suffer from medical conditions like heart disease and lower back pain are far more likely to be involved in accidents.. Researchers from the University of Utah School of Medicine came to this conclusion after studying the accident histories and driving records of slightly fewer than 50,000 truck drivers. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

FMCSA announces commercial driver's license rule delay

Pennsylvania residents may be interested in learning that one of Donald Trump's first actions after moving into the Oval Office was to order government agencies to wait 60 days before implementing any new federal regulations. The president's Jan. 20 memorandum prompted the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to announce that a rule concerning the training required for someone to obtain a commercial driver's license would not go into effect on Feb. 6 as planned.

NHTSA urges driver mode for cellphones

Distracted driving is of increasing concern to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it has released some recommendations with the second phase of its Driver Distraction Guidelines. One common distraction for Pennsylvania drivers is their cellphones, and the NHTSA suggests that in-vehicle systems be created that could lock down many mobile phone features.

Central Transport forklifts found to be unsafe

Pennsylvania residents may be interested to learn about an investigation into unsafe forklift operations that was conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Inspectors for OSHA recently determined that a large-scale problem with unsafe forklifts has been putting workers at risk for years. Every year, around 85 people are killed and 34,900 people are injured in forklift accidents.