The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) has adopted 18 new recommendations made by its newly established Safety Task Force in an attempt to expand the organization’s safety agenda.

ATA hopes the recommendations can further reduce the number of highway-related fatalities and injuries, although large truck crash fatality rates and injury rates are at the lowest rate recorded in the three decades statistics have been kept.

The recommendations are:

Improving Driver Performance

  1. Policy on the use of non-integrated technologies while the vehicle is in motion
  2. Policy supporting uniform commercial drivers license (CDL) testing standards
  3. Support for a CDL graduated licensing study
  4. Support for additional parking facilities for trucks
  5. Support for a national maximum 65mph speed limit
  6. Strategies to increase the use of seat belts
  7. Support for a national car-truck driver behavior improvement program
  8. Support for increased use of red light cameras and automated speed enforcement
  9. Support for graduated licensing in all states for non-commercial teen drivers
  10. Support for more stringent laws to reduce drinking and driving
  1. Support for targeted electronic speed governing of certain non-commercial vehicles
  2. Electronic speed governing of all large trucks made since 1992
  3. Support for new large truck crashworthiness standards
  1. Support for a national employer notification system
  2. Creation of a national clearinghouse for positive drug and alcohol test results of CDL holders
  3. Support for a national registry of certified medical examiners
  4. Policy supporting access to the national Driver Information Resource
  5. Support for required safety training by new entrant motor carriers

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