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New regulations for truck driver training

Most California motorists have encountered large trucks on the roadways, and sometimes there might be concern about the training drivers receive prior to being allowed to work full time. On June 5, a law that provides standards of training for new drivers went into effect. The law, which provides a window of almost three years for companies to meet compliance, will apply to drivers who get their CDL on or after Feb. 7, 2020.

IIHS recommends side underride guards

Drivers of large trucks on California highways may eventually have both back and side guards that protect against underrides. Rules that will require rear-mounted underride guards are in process. In spring of 2017, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did two crash tests to look as well at the safety provided by side guards.

How important is manned control of autonomous vehicles?

As technology towards fully autonomous vehicles rapidly develops, California residents might wonder just how important manned control of autonomous tractor-trailers is. In a panel hosted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, representatives from the trucking industry debated this point.

Trucks to face cargo-focused inspection blitz

California truck drivers may find their cargo subject to closer inspection during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's International Roadcheck safety blitz that will be held June 6-8. The inspections will generally be North American Standard Level I inspections. These are the most thorough types of inspections, and generally, examining cargo securement is a part of them. However, the organization hopes that highlighting cargo securement in particular will emphasize its importance to drivers.

Remote control tech may allow drivers to operate trucks remotely

According to a California startup company, truck drivers may seen be operating their commercial vehicles from the comfort of a remote office. The company has created remote control technology that can be installed in commercial trucks. The drivers can then manipulate the speed and steering from a home base.

Common health conditions increase truck driver crash risk

Thousands of commercial truck accidents take place every year in California. Unlike minor collisions between smaller vehicles, these accidents often involve extensive damage and injuries. While some of the accidents are the result of negligence, one study conducted at the University of Utah School of Medicine revealed that chronic medical conditions drastically increase a trucker's crash risk as well.

Truck driver training standard delayed by Trump order

Truck drivers in California are required to obtain a commercial driver's license before they can begin work. Now, the training that they must receive before they are issued a CDL is up for review. A new rule called Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operators was supposed to take effect on Feb. 6, but it was delayed by the Trump administration.

Proposed guidelines seek cellphone blocks while driving

Californians are frequently injured in accidents involving drivers who are distracted by their smartphones. A federal proposal seeks to fix that problem by asking manufacturers of these products to develop features that would block usage while people are driving.

Operation Safe Driver Week results announced by CVSA

Law enforcement agencies in California and around the country take part in a weeklong safety initiative each fall known as Operation Safe Driver Week. The goal of the initiative, which is organized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, is to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and deaths caused by collisions between semi-tractor trailers and passenger vehicles. Operation Safe Driver Week ran Oct. 16 - 22, and the results of the initiative were published by the CVSA on Dec. 7.

Autonomous trucks may lead to fewer accidents

California truck drivers may spend fewer hours actually driving their vehicles and might face better working conditions if autonomous trucks become part of the industry as expected. According to researchers, these trucks will deliver safety benefits as well without causing job loss because it will still be necessary for drivers to be in the cab while the vehicle is in operation.