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FMCSA implements new commercial driver's license rules

The trucking industry in Connecticut and around the country is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. New commercial driver's license requirements were scheduled to go into effect in early 2017, but regulatory reviews ordered by President Trump caused the new FMCSA rules to be delayed by more than five months. However, the review process has now been completed, and the revised licensing requirements became effective on June 5.

Intense 72 hours of inspections promote truck safety

Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance organizes a nationwide 72-hour inspection spree to check the status of trucks and buses. Truckers from Connecticut can expect inspectors to focus on load securement in 2017. Level I inspections from the alliance include checks of cargo tie-downs, but inspectors want to impress upon the trucking industry the importance of preventing the shifting or loss of cargo in transit.

Truck drivers and sleep apnea

Truck drivers in Connecticut should expect to encounter more regulations regarding sleep apnea. This is due to the United States Supreme Court's decision to not review a case in which a driver alleged that a truck carrier violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by requiring that he be tested.

Truck underride guards could save lives in Connecticut

Collisions with a tractor-trailer or elevated straight truck can send small vehicles under the larger truck and shear off the top half of the vehicle. Since the point of impact is much higher, this can injure and kill passengers without activating standard safety equipment, such as airbags and safety harnesses. However, regulatory agencies are working to address this issue with the use of rear-mounted guards that lower the point of impact. Recent tests confirm the benefits of side-mounting underride guards as well.

Autonomous trucks and hours of service reform

During a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration session at the annual workshop held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in April, manned control for tractor-trailers was the main topic of discussion. Connecticut residents should also know that individuals who commented at the public forum also discussed hours reform as it relates to autonomous vehicle technology.

Challenges associated with driverless trucks

Connecticut truck drivers spend enormous amounts of time on the road. This keeps them away from their families, and it also creates a potential risk of driving while fatigued. The co-founder of Starsky Robotics believes that autonomous commercial trucks may allow truck drivers to spend more time at home and to still work, but they'll be able to do so in a safer environment.

Study links truck drivers' health status and crash risk

Connecticut residents who are the victims of a truck accident often face serious injuries, some of which can cause temporary or permanent impairment. While many of these types of collisions are caused by truck drivers who were speeding, impaired by alcohol or drugs, or distracted by a cellphone, others are the result of improper maintenance. Now, a study has revealed another possible cause.

FMCSA delays implimentation of driver training rule

The implementation of a regulation that deals with how commercial vehicle operators in Connecticut and around the country are trained has been delayed for at least 60 days according to a statement released on Feb. 1 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The announcement comes in the wake of a Jan. 20 memorandum from the White House ordering federal agencies to put all new rules on hold for 60 days.