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Author: Ted Lederer

DriveCam added to truck fleet for safety purposes

Refrigerated carrier Hirschback added the Lytx DriveCam in-cab video system to its truck fleet in an attempt to increase safety and reduce accidents.

The system as been tested for a year and a half to determine which technology would benefit the fleet, and Lytx tested as the suitable choice.

The DriveCam mounts to the center of a windshield or tractor. It captures short video clips where there are safety events, including a hard braking incident, sudden stop, or roll stability event.

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

In the event of an accident, the DriveCam will help identify what caused the accident and exonerate a driver or company of fault.


Class 8 Orders fall flat in October

Class 8 trucks were projected to fall flat in October in comparison to September, according to numbers from analysts at the FTR.

The FTR projected orders of 13,800 units for the month. The net order number was negatively impacted by a cleanup of long-term orders by OEM. As a result of a backlog, orders would have been closer to 21,300.

Medium-duty class 5-7 trucks were projected to be 18,400 units, a 10% drop from September and 18% from October of last year.

source:   2016

New safety regulations will fight driver fatigue & save lives

Truck and bus drivers are often forced to fight fatigue during long trips, but after years of studying, the federal government will implement new safety regulations within the next two years.

These regulations are aligned with U.S. efforts to help drivers fight fatigue and be more alert on the road.

Transport Canada has announced drivers will electronically submit their hours on the road as opposed to mandatory paper logs that have been in effect since the 1930s.

The device will track hours on the road and rest periods, better allowing companies to manage their fleet. Trucker and drivers can be behind the wheel for up to 13 hours in one day, but must be off-duty for 10 hours. The electronic system will help track these hours, allowing truckers to get the break they need and fight fatigue that can cause accidents.

The change aligns with efforts in the U.S. and will be in place by late 2017, according to Transport Canada.

Motor Coach Canada CEO indicated this is a long overdue change, saying this has been talked about for over 10 years.

The electronic devices will save $1 billion US annually in administrative costs, while saving lives and preventing injuries.

Truck safety

Source: The Canadian Press, 2016