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CVSA announces 3-day truck safety inspection spree

Truck drivers in South Carolina can expect to spend some extra time with safety inspectors during the 2018 International Roadcheck organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. For three days in June, inspectors will pull aside thousands of commercial trucks and buses in the U.S. and Canada and evaluate vehicles and drivers for compliance.

The top causes of commercial truck crashes

Considering that millions of commercial trucks travel throughout South Carolina and across the U.S., it's not surprising that some are involved in roadway accidents. In fact, the rate of commercial truck crashes has risen by 20 percent over the past decade. For this reason, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has teamed up with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to study the cause of truck accidents.

Trade group petitions FMCSA to revise hours of service rules

Studies have shown that drowsy driving can be just as deadly as getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, and the peril is even greater when the vehicle involved is a semi-tractor trailer that weighs 40 tons. Road users in South Carolina and around the country are protected against this threat by hours of service regulations that are strictly enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. However, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association claims that these rules actually make the roads more dangerous.

Shifting cargo is a major safety risk to motorists

The overwhelming majority of freight moved across South Carolina and the United States is moved at least part of the way by truck. Since improperly loaded cargo is a major of tractor-trailer accidents, every one of the 15 million transport trucks in operation on American roadways is a potential public safety hazard. Erratic drivers can be noticed and avoided by motorists, but shifting cargo inside a trailer is a hidden risk to travelers.

New bill may mandate side guards on commercial trucks

More than 200 motorists die every year in what are called side underride accidents. This is where a vehicle collides into the side of a big rig and slides underneath. Drivers in South Carolina should know, however, that Congress members proposed a bill that would mandate side guards for trucks.

New logging mandate for truckers

Independent commercial truck drivers in South Carolina and the rest of the country will soon be required to use a new logging system. According to the federal government, the Electronic Logging Device mandate, which will be administered by the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will assist with monitoring and logging long-haul truck drivers.

Study says shift work increases risk for car crashes

Millions of Americans work a night or rotational shift, and according to a study made by researchers at a prominent Boston health care facility, approximately 28 percent of drivers admitted that they fell asleep at the wheel at least once in the previous year. This could make some South Carolina motorists worried about their safety on the road.

Bills regarding sleep apnea rule for truckers

Commercial truckers in South Carolina may be interested to know that Congressional Democrats have proposed bills intended to compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to continue its work on a rule regarding guidelines for screenings and treatments for obstructive sleep apnea. Democrats in both the House and Senate want trucking regulators to establish a rule that provides the exact criteria medical examiners should use to make apnea testing referrals for truck drivers.

Most truck accidents are caused by car drivers

Media outlets in South Carolina and around the country often run stories about tractor-trailer accidents when truck driver drowsiness, intoxication or distraction have been cited by law enforcement as factors, but data from the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that these reports may sometimes be misleading. According to the agency, automobile drivers are responsible for causing about 70 percent of the accidents involving large commercial vehicles, and almost 60 percent of those killed in truck crashes are passengers in cars or SUVs that strike tractor-trailers either in the rear or head-on.

Federal agency cancels plans for sleep apnea testing rule

Federal authorities are no longer pushing a proposed rule meant to establish specific criteria to screen truck drivers in South Carolina and across the United States for sleep apnea. On Aug. 4, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a notice saying that the potential rule will be withdrawn.

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