The Quest
August 2011 - Issue 71
Inside this issue:
CBP updates 301 bond form

New bill proposed to fight fraud in trucking

Ways to red-flag fraud, by Andrew Spector, Esq.

New report identifies cargo theft trends

China proposes increase in FMC optional bond rider

Updates on liquidated damages for Periodic Monthly Statement

CBP updates mitigation guidelines for advance cargo information violations

U.S. government urges companies to strengthen Internet security
Trucking associations ask NHTSA to examine truck crashworthiness standards


Trucking associations ask NHTSA to examine truck crashworthiness standards
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) have sent a joint letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), asking the agency to research and analyze crashworthiness standards for commercial trucks.

In their letter, the two associations note that the NHTSA has continuously developed crashworthiness standards for automobiles and light trucks, but has not generally applied these standards to commercial trucks greater than 10,000 pounds GVW.

Developing crashworthiness standards could have safety benefits for professional truck drivers, the letter said. Rollover crashes account for nearly 63% of fatal injuries, but the number could be reduced by 23% if the structural integrity of a truck’s cab were improved.

The ATA and the OOIDA highlighted the need for the NHTSA to improve cab structure to provide occupant survival space, enhance occupant restraints such as safety belts and airbags, increase strength of windshields and doors, and install interior surfaces that are energy-absorbing and padded.

“We’re proud to stand with OOIDA in calling on the federal government to take these important first steps that will reduce injuries and fatalities among America’s professional truck drivers,” the ATA said.

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For more information, please contact your local Avalon office or Andriana Davis at (847) 700-8087 or at adavis@avalonrisk.com. A list of our offices may be found at www.avalonrisk.com.

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