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November 2016 Archives

Trucks may drive themselves in the future

The idea of commercial truck drivers resting while their vehicles are moving may seem scary to Kentucky residents. However, the American Transportation Research Institute believes that autonomous trucks may soon allow rest and productivity to occur simultaneously. In a report, the ATRI discussed how the implementation of autonomous trucks could change the trucking industry.

Brake Safety Week puts thousands of trucks out of service

Kentucky drivers may be interested to know that roughly 3,900 trucks were put out-of-service during September's Brake Safety Week. This was according to the director of vehicle programs for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The event took place Sept. 11-17, and of those trucks, 2,352 were removed from the road for brake violations. Furthermore, there were 1,100 trucks taken out of service for both brake violations and violations not related to brake issues.

FMCSA employment screening policy upheld

Road safety advocates in Kentucky and around the country were likely pleased to learn that a legal challenge to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's employment screening process was dismissed by a federal appeals court. Six truck drivers filed a lawsuit in 2014 claiming that releasing information about non-serious safety violations infringed on their privacy, but these arguments failed to impress an appellate court. On Oct. 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss the case.

FMCSA wins court decision on electronic logging rule

Kentucky residents may be aware that Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a rule in December 2015 requiring electronic logging devices to be used by U.S. truck operators to keep track of how long their drivers spend behind the wheel. The new rule was challenged in federal court by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, but an Oct. 31 judicial ruling has paved the way for the regulation to go into effect in December 2017 as planned.

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