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Trump Administration to Ease Rules on Truckers’ Maximum Hours on Road

Truck driver Lucson Francois was forced to hit the brakes just five minutes from his home in Pennsylvania. He’d reached the maximum number of hours in a day he’s allowed to be on duty. Francois couldn’t leave the truck unattended. …

Safety Experts Weigh In on Autonomous Car Standards After Uber, Tesla Fatal Crashes

Autonomous cars should be required to meet standards on their ability to detect potential hazards and better ways are needed to keep their human drivers ready to assume control, U.S. auto safety and technology experts said after fatal crashes involving …

Safety Groups Urge Government to Set Rules of Road for Driverless Vehicles

Basic rules of the road are needed before lawmakers allow companies from Apple Inc. to Ford Motor Co. to dramatically expand testing of self-driving cars, safety and consumer advocates will tell lawmakers today. Automakers should be required to certify the …

U.S. Autonomous Vehicle Policy Attempts to Straddle Lanes of Safety and Innovation

The new U.S. policy on self-driving cars received a mixed reaction from highway-safety advocates who acknowledged the life-saving potential though warned of a world of “human guinea pigs.” The Transportation Department’s new guidelines give carmakers and states “the green light …

Senate Bill Would Expand Big Rig Trucking by Teen Drivers Nationally

Drivers as young as 18 years old could be allowed to drive 80,000-pound trucks between states if Congress goes along with a proposal backed by the U.S. trucking industry that safety advocates say would be a disaster. The plan, part …

Safety Experts Warn Smart Car Dashboard Screens Distract Drivers

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea? Car companies answer with an emphatic yes. …

Safety Coalition Sues U.S. Over Missing Trucker Training Rules

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was sued by a coalition of groups seeking to force the agency to issue stiffer rules for training entry- level truck drivers. Regulators have missed multiple deadlines set by two laws passed by …

Teen Driver Deaths Increased in First Half of 2012

Deaths of younger teen drivers increased sharply in the first six months of last year, reversing a decade-long trend, according to a report released Tuesday by state highway safety officials. Deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers in traffic accidents in …

Deaths of Bicyclists, Large Truck Occupants Rise as Other Traffic Fatalities Fall

Deaths of bicyclists and occupants of large trucks rose sharply last year even as total traffic fatalities dropped to their lowest level since 1949, federal safety officials said Monday. Bicyclist deaths jumped 8.7 percent and deaths of occupants of large …

Feds Shut Down 26 Bus Operators in Safety Crackdown

Twenty-six bus operations that transported more than 1,800 passengers a day along Interstate 95 between New York and Florida have been closed for safety violations in what federal officials say is the government’s largest single safety crackdown of the motor …