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Revising Upfitting Specs Can Decrease Workers’ Comp Claims

Avoiding potential workers’ compensation claims is becoming a greater factor in fleet upfitting decisions. For example, according to a Zurich Service Corp. study, the average workers’ comp cost for a pushing/pulling injury was $10,175, while the average cost for a lifting/bending incident is $8,989.


NTSB Targets Medical Oversight of Non-commercial Drivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has begun formally issuing its recommendations on improving the medical oversight of non-commercial drivers.


Maine´s Bureau of Motor Vehicles to Provide Online Driving Records

AUGUSTA, ME -- Maine´s Bureau of Motor Vehicles is launching a new service that provides state driving records online, according to the Associated Press.


Fleet Granted DOT Hours-of-Service Exemption

OMAHA, NB — Werner Enterprises, Inc., a truckload transportation company, became the only trucking company in the United States to be granted an exemption from the U.S. Department of Transportation´s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) agency to use Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to record drivers´ hours-of-service (HOS).


DriveCam Featured on ABC´s Good Morning America

SAN DIEGO — DriveCam Video Systems, a provider of knowledge-based systems that improve driving behavior, announced that it was featured on ABC TV´s Good Morning America (GMA) program on November 10. The GMA segment explained how DriveCam identifies risky driving habits and prevents collisions for commercial fleets.


Side-Impact Airbags Have Saved 14,000 Lives Since 1987

The U.S. government credits airbags with saving nearly 14,000 lives since 1987. The safety features of side-impact airbags are earning acclaim.


New California DMV Chief Advocates Taxing All Drivers by the Mile

The appointment of a new state official is making waves in California, and the possible use of GPS devices in vehicles is at the center of the storm, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times on November 16.


Airbag Problems Prompt 1.4 Million Recalls in 2004

The number of vehicle recalls involving problematic airbags is up this year, Dow Jones Newswires reported, citing data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), according to the Web site


Global Safety Rule Will Seek Safer Auto Doors

As part of an effort to address a growing global health threat, the first international auto safety regulation will be announced this week at a news conference in Geneva, according to the New York Times on Nov. 15.


Chrysler Group Joins Movement to Add Stability Control to SUVs

The Chrysler group said on November 18 that it will make a safety system that helps prevent rollovers standard equipment on its SUVs, beginning next year, according to a report in Automotive News.

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