Fleets Online: Out of the Woods

    7 Oct by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

    Truck Hauling Takata Airbags Explodes, FMCSA Orders Fleet to Cease Operations

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Georgia-based trucking company Industrial Transit to cease all interstate and intrastate operations after a truck hauling Takata airbag components exploded, killing a person and leveling a home.

    On Aug. 22, 2016, an Industrial Transit truck traveling in Maverick County, Texas was transporting airbag components from the Japanese company Takata. The truck approached a curb at an unsafe speed and traveled off the roadway, striking a culvert and rolling over.

    The truck caught fire and the Takata airbag components in the truck exploded, destroying a nearby home and garage and damaging multiple houses in the area. The occupant of the leveled house was killed in the blast. The Industrial Transit truck's team drivers and a couple in a nearby car were injured.

    According to a report by The York Times, the truck was carrying ammonium nitrate, a propellant used to trigger airbag deployment and a very combustible material that's often used in explosives.

    An FMCSA investigation determined the company to be in violation of multiple federal safety statutes and regulations and found an egregious lack of standards and oversight of its drivers and vehicle maintenance.

    The company completely failed to comply with any driver qualification requirements, including ensuring that its drivers were properly licensed and physically qualified to operate a commercial vehicle. Within the last two and a half months, the company allowed two drivers to operate a vehicle without having a valid CDL.

    Industrial Transit also lacked a sufficient drug and alcohol testing program for drivers with FMCSA investigators finding that the company allowed a driver to operate a vehicle containing explosive material despite refusing to submit to random drug testing.

    Takata Corporation has been hit hard in recent years for its own airbag safety scandals. While faulty airbags were not indicated as ...Read the rest of this story

    7 Oct by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

    New York to Automate Tolling to Cut Congestion

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    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) has unveiled a plan to reduce traffic congestion by automating tolling of all bridges and tunnels operated by the state's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is repsonsible for unified mass transportation in the New YorK City metro area,

    The New York Crossings Project will encompass all seven bridges and the two tunnels operated by MTA: Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, Queens-Midtown Tunnel, Henry Hudson Bridge, Whitestone Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, RFK Triborough Bridge, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. The coordinated tolling plan will also take in the George Washington Bridge, which is operated separatley by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

    The State of New York said it will implement automatic tolling to improve the flow of traffic by using sensors and cameras to automate the tolling process and thereby not require vehicles to come to a stop to pay. The sensors and cameras will be suspended overhead on structures known as gantries.

    “This transformational project will revolutionize transportation in New York and ensure that our state is built to lead for generations to come,” said Cuomo. “By investing in New York's transportation network today and equipping it to meet the challenges of tomorrow, we are cementing our state's position as a national leader in 21st century infrastructure and cutting-edge innovation."

    A vehicle with an electronic E-ZPass will be charged immediately while a non E-ZPass vehicle will have its license plate recorded and a toll bill will be mailed to the registered owner.

    New York drivers currently spend more than 6,400 hours per day waiting to pay tolls and the state estimates that automatic tolling will save commuters up to ...Read the rest of this story

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    End of an era

    Legends of trucking are leaving the business. Who will fill their shoes?

    The impending retirement of Jerry Moyes at the end of December is one more signal that an almost legendary era of trucking leadership is coming to a close.

    Moyes, founder and CEO of Swift Transportation, is the latest “old school” trucking chief to announce his retirement. And by old school, I refer to hardscrabble-styled executives; ones who, in most cases, literally started out in the freight business driving tractor-trailers for a living.

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    Hitting the fast track

    Years in discussion, proposal to limit speeds finally moves forward

    Whew! That's the first word that pops into my head as I begin to rattle off words on my keyboard.
    Have you ever been so crazy busy that by the time you finish one project and roll into another, the one word that comes to mind is whew, almost as if that is the universal language for taking a breath. If you can relate, then you know that we have been moving at such a frenetic pace with rulemakings and requests for comments that we may need a speed limiter on regulations just to catch up (insert bad joke line right here).

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