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New truck driver training starting in 2020

For truck drivers in Oklahoma and around the country who receive their commercial driver's licenses on or after Feb. 7, 2020, a new training rule will be in place. The rule took effect on June 5, but it allows almost three years before compliance is necessary. It was delayed for five months by an ordered regulatory review from the Trump administration.

Large truck crashes increase in 2015

Oklahoma residents might have been more likely to be involved in a fatal accident involving a large truck in 2015 compared to 2014. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that the 4,050 large trucks that were involved in fatal crashes in 2015 represented an 8 percent increase over the previous year. A "large truck" is defined as a vehicle that weighed more than 10,000 pounds.

Cargo securement to be focus of inspection blitz

Commercial truck drivers from Oklahoma and drivers from throughout the country may be subject to a North American Standard Level I inspection during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's International Roadcheck inspection blitz. The inspection blitz will occur June 6-8.

NHTSA proposes new technology to curb distracted driving

Oklahoma is one of many states that bans texting while driving. Despite tougher laws against driver distractions involving cell phones, the problem still exists. In response, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants cell phone makers to develop technology that will prevent certain smartphone activities while driving.

Startup seeks to reduce the number of truck accidents

Some University of Oklahoma students have decided to take their classroom idea that may help prevent truck accidents to the real world. The students created a startup called BlyncSync which uses software to monitor real-time levels and projected levels of a truck driver's fatigue.

Safety agencies want truck drivers tested for sleep apnea

A rule proposed in March by two federal safety agencies would require commercial truck drivers and certain railroad workers in Oklahoma and around the country to be tested for obstructive sleep apnea. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration hope that the measure will reduce the number of accidents caused by fatigue, but several members of the public who submitted comments about the proposal were concerned about the costs of the testing.

Regulators may impose speed limits on trucks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are considering proposals that would mandate the use of speed-limiting devices on commercial trucks. If approved, the regulations would apply to large vehicles of more than 26,000 poundsin Oklahoma and nationwide. The technology would prevent any driver from exceeding the programmed speed limit, which regulators believe should be between 60 and 68 mph.

2014 truck accident statistics have been released

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a report showing that the number of trucks involved in fatal accidents around the country in 2014 declined by 5 percent from the previous year. This is good news for Oklahoma travelers and truck drivers alike.

Report calls for more research into truck driver fatigue

Accidents involving buses or semi-tractor trailers kill or injure many Oklahoma road users every year, and many of these crashes are caused by fatigued truck drivers pushed by unforgiving schedules to the point of exhaustion. To reduce this type of accident, the federal government introduced strict regulations that set limits on how long commercial vehicle drivers can spend behind the wheel before resting, but these rules do little to tackle other causes of fatigue. A fatigued driver checklist was created by the Minnesota State Police to help their officers determine if truck and bus drivers were too tired to operate their vehicles correctly, but the list was subsequently ruled unconstitutional.

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