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July 2017 Archives

DOT withdraws two proposed trucking rules

Louisiana motorists may not know that the U.S. Department of Transportation has withdrawn two proposed rules aimed at the trucking industry, according to the agency's biannual regulatory calendar update report. The withdrawals are reportedly due in part to the Trump administration's aversion to new federal regulations.

FMCSA releases sobering fatal truck accident data

Fatal accidents involving buses and semi-tractor trailers are becoming a worryingly common occurrence in Louisiana and around the country according to figures from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The agency's Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report reveals that the number of large commercial trucks and buses involved in deadly crashes increased by 8 percent to 4,311 in 2015. The number of fatal accidents buses and large trucks were involved in for each 100 million miles driven also increased by 8 percent from 1.34 in 2014 to 1.45 in 2015 according to the report.

Tesla Model S fails to earn a place on IIHS safest list

Louisiana residents may have heard the Tesla Model S referred to as the safest vehicle to ever be sold in America, and they could be surprised to learn that the Palo Alto-based electric car maker's luxury sedan failed to impress the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety during a grueling test of six full-sized sedans. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, The Toyota Avalon and the Lincoln Continental all earned places on the IIHS's list of the safest vehicles offered for sale in the United States, but the Model S, the Ford Taurus and the Chevrolet Impala did not.

Advocacy groups seek national autonomous vehicle regulations

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced in May that the engineering and design firm Arcadis had been contracted to look into the impact that autonomous vehicles will have on the state's highway system, but several road safety advocacy groups feel that this is an issue that should be addressed by Congress. Organizations like the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety worry that a patchwork of state laws and regulations would leave gaps that could allow untested and possibly dangerous technology onto the roads.