When the 2017 International Roadcheck inspection event begins on June 6, safety inspectors in Kentucky and around the country will be placing special emphasis on cargo securement. Although all violation categories are checked for compliance during each annual inspection blitz, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance chooses a different area of focus every year as a reminder to those who are involved in the industry of that category's importance in commercial trucking safety.
Kentucky truckers may be interested in learning about a new technology company that is pioneering revolutionary changes in the industry. By placing remote controls in trucks, the firm hopes to make a semi-autonomous fleet that drivers can control remotely from offices.
Truck drivers with multiple health conditions are much more likely to be involved in traffic accidents, according to a study. Researchers found that many truck drivers in Kentucky and around the nation have trouble maintaining their health because their job requires that they sit behind the wheel for long stretches. Many also tend to have poor eating and sleeping habits.
Kentucky motorists may be interested in learning that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that people could use extra help with not using their phones while operating vehicles. In December, the agency published a recommendation that called for the creation of a driver mode in cellphones in order to curb hazardous device usage.
By December 2017, operators of most trucks in Kentucky and around the country will be required to have electronic logging devices installed in their vehicles. The devices will keep track of hours of service and rest periods, and they will replace the existing paper log system.
Kentucky motorists who get stuck behind semis and other large trucks might think these vehicles already go slowly on the roads, but a speed cap could be placed on trucks and buses when driving on highways. Federal regulators may mandate an electronic device that does not allow vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds to travel above a certain limit that might be set at 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour.
Kentucky motorists who share the road with trucks and other commercial vehicles may benefit from research into ways to fight driver fatigue. Occurrences of truckers violating laws prohibiting them from driving while fatigued have dropped since 2011. Nonetheless, experts say that the trucking industry would be better served by regulations that clarify what it means to be fatigued and specify how law enforcement should deal with tired commercial operators.
Since 1938, commercial drivers have been required to keep written logbooks documenting the hours they drive each day. In December 2015, the federal government announced a new regulation that will require trucking companies to install electronic logging devices in order to prevent their drivers from doctoring their books.
As many Kentucky drivers know, keeping the roadways safe is a concern for truckers and non-truckers alike. This year's annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection showed that trucking violation rates were down from previous years.
In existence since 1998, Brake Safety Week will take place in 2015 from Sept. 6 to Sept. 12. It is run by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and involves law enforcement agencies from around the country. The focus is on outreach and education by the CMV in addition to physical brake inspections on large trucks and buses. A typical inspection will look for loose parts, leaking fluid and worn drums or brake pads.