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SmartDrive Systems doubles growth in 2014

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in Equipment, Safety, Technology

    SmartDrive Systems announced record growth in 2014. Growth in its fiscal third quarter, which it just concluded, exceeded 130 percent year over year. Headquartered in San Diego, the company offers a video-based risk management program for commercial vehicles and transit agencies that is designed to reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency. In Nov., 2014, CCJ was granted an exclusive visit to SmartDrive’s headquarters. In making the announcement, SmartDrive attributed growth in 2014, which included an expansion of its customer base by 45 percent, to its continued product innovation, strategic partnerships and customer acquisitions across a number of key vertical markets. Launched in 2004, SmartDrive says it has stayed focused on identifying unsafe driving and preventing collisions from happening in the future with an open data platform that identifies driving risk, captures video, vehicle, audio and driving data and automatically offloads that video for...

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Greater federal oversight of trucking, more stringent medical requirements for drivers included in NTSBs annual Most Wanted list

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in Regulatory, Safety

  NTSB recommends that FMCSA and NHTSA implement mandates for crash avoidance systems and rollover-prevention systems. The National Transportation Safety Board released its 2015 Most Wanted List of safety regulations this week, and included in list of 10 items are four items related to trucking and truck operators. Stronger oversight includes, per NTSB, (1) more steps to ensure new entrant carriers address any safety deficiencies and quicker out-of-service placement if deficiencies are not improved, (2) implementation of an electronic logging device mandate and (3) instituting sleep apnea screening requirements. NTSB’s request for improved oversight also includes requirements that all trucks be equipped with collision warning technology, tire pressure monitoring systems, rollover stability control systems and lane departure warning systems. NTSB’s second trucking-related item is for drivers of all vehicles, including trucks (and planes): The safety board asks for a...

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Highway safety: We must be doing something right

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 in Interstate, Safety

  So the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released its 2013 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data that painted a very interesting picture of U.S. highway safety: namely, that fatalities due to vehicle crashes marked a decade of decline. According to the agency’s data, highway fatalities overall decreased 3.1% between 2012 and 2013 – falling to 32,719 – with injuries due to vehicular crashes down 2.1% to 2.31 million. More importantly, NHTSA’s data indicates highway fatalities due to crashes are down 25% overall compared to 2004 – a general decline in fatalities that gained strength in 2006 and continued unabated except for 2012, when overall fatalities jumped by 3.3% or 1,082 more deaths. But even that increase is somewhat misleading as NHTSA noted that 72% of those 1,082 additional fatalities not only occurred in the first quarter...

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Green Fleet Conference Offers Ride & Drive Event

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 in Equipment, Safety

  This year’s Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., features the Ride & Drive event where attendees will have the chance to get behind the wheel of alternative-fueled vehicles from major automotive manufacturers. There will be smaller fleet vehicles as well as heavy duty trucks that will show off some of the latest efficient technologies. Taking place on Oct. 29, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., the event is open to everybody at the Green Fleet Conference including those with the free exhibit hall pass. Participants will get the unique opportunity to drive some of the latest alternative fuel vehicles back-to-back on an open course. There will be a street-fair atmosphere with available food and drinks, music, contests and kart races. Last year there were popcorn and snow cones available to attendees and a contest where people were given prizes...

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CVSAs Operation Safe Driver Program Hits the Highways Oct. 19-25

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 in Featured, Safety

  During the week of Oct. 19-25, law enforcement agencies across North America will participate in Operation Safe Driver Week, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Operated in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), with support from trucking industry and other transportation safety organizations, the weeklong effort is aimed at increasing traffic safety enforcement and education by commercial truck drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers. In 2012, more than 4,100 people were killed and 126,000 were injured in large truck and bus crashes on the nation’s roadways, with many of those accidents the direct result of the drivers — both truck and bus drivers, as well as the passenger-vehicle drivers — operating unsafely around them. CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver program was created to help to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks,...

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Regulatory update: FMCSA progress on speed limiters, driver clearinghouse, other rulemakings

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 in Regulatory, Safety

  Between now and the end of next summer, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration projects it will publish at least five proposed or final rules to either change existing or add new regulations to the industry, according to a monthly Department of Transportation report. The agency’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to increase the amount of liability insurance carriers must have is still projected to be published this month. The rule made its way to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget Sept. 29, and it is expected to clear the OMB any day. The DOT report projects its clearance for Oct. 12, but the rule still hasn’t cleared. The DOT lists a projected publication date of Oct. 22. RelatedNotice of new fitness determination rule in ‘front office,’ FMCSA safety chief saysA major revision of the way...

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