Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Safety

Why NTSB is Calling for a Renewed Focus on Safety Over Speed

August 24, 2017 – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a report on speeding and passenger vehicle crashes. While NTSB has investigated speed as a contributing factor to specific crashes in the past, this is the first time that NTSB has investigated speed as it relates to crashes in general.

Point-Counterpoint: Twin 33 Trailer Combinations

April 7, 2017- We have a set of dueling guest op-eds for and against the idea of allowing twin trailer combinations of up to 33 feet each to be towed on Interstate highways and other major federal-aid roads.

House T&I Approves Bill Repealing MPO Consolidation Rule

March 29, 2017 – This morning, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill (H.R. 1346) repealing the Obama Administration’s December 2016 rule requiring metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to consolidate across state lines. The panel also approved several other measures, including bills to recodify Coast Guard statutes and to require Congress be notified of ongoing railroad safety audits.

Hours of Service “Restart Rule” Drama May Finally Be Settled

March 9, 2017 – The long-running drama between the trucking industry and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) over two provisions of the 2011 hours of service rule was settled this week. (Long story short: with help from Congressional Republicans, the trucking industry won.)

Traffic Fatalities Highest in a Decade

February 24, 2017 – Traffic fatalities last year were the highest since the Great Recession in an alarming trend that shows few signs of stopping, according to a new report from the National Safety Council (NSC).

Guest Op-Ed: When it Comes to Regulation, Focus on the Endzone, Not the Yard Markers

Federal regulators traditionally have skewed towards prescriptive policies, instead of clearly defining the problem and the desired result. Within the context of bipartisan regulatory reform, the freight rail industry believes policymakers should embrace non-prescriptive regulatory tools, like performance-based regulations, where appropriate.

NHTSA Releases Final Findings on Fatal Tesla Collision

January 25, 2017 – On January 19, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) released the full findings of its investigation into the fatal Tesla collision in May of last year.

Chasing Zero: The Road to Safe Streets and Zero Traffic Fatalities

Fortunately, the push for safer roads is getting stronger. Inspired by European cities, the Vision Zero movement is an all hands on deck approach to transportation safety focused on improvements to streets and sidewalks, lights and lanes, as well as education and enforcement.

USDOT Launches Nationwide Vision Zero Campaign

October 14, 2016 – Hoping to capitalize on the success of Vision Zero programs in American cities, the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Safety Council have launched a national “Road to Zero” coalition that aspires to eliminate all roadway fatalities within 30 years.