Category: Transportation

California Says Stricter Federal Locomotive Standards Needed

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has petitioned the EPA to adopt more stringent emissions standards for locomotives. Locomotives are currently subject to EPA’s Tier 4 emissions standards, which are “substantially reducing per-locomotive emissions and partially mitigating projected increases in rail traffic,” notes CARB Chair Mary Nichols in her letter. But the reductions do not […]

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April Is Distracted Driving Month

April is Distracted Driving Month, and the National Safety Council (NSC) is urging Americans to #justdrive. More than a hashtag, it’s a strategy for saving lives.

EPA to Reconsider Evaluation of Vehicle GHG Emissions

The midterm evaluation (MTE) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limits for cars and light-duty trucks, which President Obama’s EPA released 16 months before the deadline for doing so, will be reconsidered by President Trump’s EPA. The reconsideration is needed, the EPA now says, because the MTE was not developed in consideration of a second MTE […]

5 Safe Driving Tips

Did you know April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month? Safety.BLR.com, our partner site, created an infographic highlighting 5 simple steps to help you become a safer, more focused, driver.

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Who Are the Most Distracted Drivers?

Young millennials—those between the ages of 19 and 24—get the dubious distinction of being the most distracted drivers on the road, according to new research. If your workforce includes young people, you’ll want to know more.

Protecting Workers on International Roadways

Travel-related accidents kill more workers than any other hazard. That’s why we often talk about how to keep workers safe on the roads here in the United States. But what about workers who travel abroad, where the rules and vehicle standards are different? Where the roadway construction, engineering, traffic management, and even signage are less […]

Automakers Request that EPA Withdraw Midterm Evaluation

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which comprises 12 of the nation’s largest carmakers, is requesting that the EPA withdraw its final midterm evaluation (MTE) of the Agency’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model year (MY) 2022–2025 cars and light-duty trucks. The Alliance’s main objection is that the EPA rushed the publication of the final […]

Trucking Crash Prevention: Addressing Common Causes of Truck Crashes

Driving a large truck is a dangerous job. The occupational fatality rate for large truck drivers is 23.9 deaths per 100,000 workers, much higher than the national average of 3.4 per 100,000 workers for all industries. Nonfatal crashes and property damage crashes are a serious issue, as well. Yesterday we looked at some common factors […]

Trucking Crash Prevention: Identifying Risk Factors in Large Truck Crashes

In November 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released an early version of its Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2015. The report shows 4,050 fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2015—an eight percent increase over 2014. On top of that, there were 87,000 injury crashes involving large trucks in 2015 and 342,000 […]