Regulators push for safer roads by targeting cellphones

If the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration gets its way, roads in Florida and around the country may become safer. In late 2016, regulators issued a call asking cellphone manufacturers to help limit distracted driving incidents by giving their products a new driver mode. When turned on, this setting would stop motorists from entering text, [...]

Trucking business takes precedence over sleep

Truckers in Tampa, Florida, can expect to be informed about the success that Republican congressmen gained in their efforts to stop the enforcement of a regulation that would prevent truckers from driving when they are sleepy. This safety regulation was promulgated by the Obama administration but shut down after intense lobbying from the American Trucking [...]

The results of Operation Safe Driver 2016

Florida drivers may benefit from learning about the results of the 2016 Operation Safe Driver Week that took place in October. According to a release by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, almost 75 percent of the citations issued by law enforcement during the event were for speeding and other state and local moving violations. A [...]

The uncertain world of autonomous trucking

Florida motorists may be interested in news related to the trucking industry. It seems that self-driving trucks may be on the horizon, and this could mean big changes for both the industry and the law. There are also many questions and concerns that need to be addressed before the technology sees widespread implementation. The possibility [...]

Safety screenings for truck drivers

Truck drivers in Florida may have to reveal their safety records to potential employers before being hired. Trucking companies that want information about an applicant's safety record can access it using the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Pre-employment Screening Program. The PSP can be used to view the last few years of a driver's crash [...]

Truck driver break rule still stands

In July 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted a rule requiring truck drivers in Florida and around the country to take at least a 30-minute break within their first eight hours of duty each day. In August 2016, the FMCSA denied a petition from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to have that rule [...]

Road Ranger hurt in four-vehicle accident

A two-vehicle crash on May 26 in Tampa became more complicated when a utility truck hit the Road Ranger vehicle that responded to the initial crash. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash that took place at about 7 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge. A collision between a Chevy [...]

New company makes progress on self-driving truck kits

Florida residents may have heard that a California-based company named Otto is designing a system that will allow existing semi-trucks to become fully self-driving. The individuals involved in the startup include veterans who have worked with other companies involved in designing self-driving cars, such as Google, Apple and Tesla. In a period of four months, [...]