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Safety Advisory: Look Out for Pedestrians and Bicyclists on International Walk and Bike to School Day…and Every Day!

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Foxx and Deputy Secretary Mendez will participate in the 18th Annual Walk to School Day, which is meant to inspire community-based events to celebrate health, a sense of community, and most importantly, safety. Students, parents, school officials, and community leaders walk or bicycle to school together annually for International Walk to School Day. Secretary Foxx will walk to school with children from Cotswold Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C.

FMCSA Shuts Down Florida Trucking Company as an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Grand Ridge, Fla.-based Ken’s Trucking, LLC, USDOT No. 1050616, to immediately shut down following a federal investigation that revealed numerous widespread violations of critical safety regulations.  The company, which was declared an imminent hazard to public safety, operated a fleet of 33 truck-tractors transporting general freight, including refrigerated food, in the southeastern United States.

‘Best of the Best’ Celebrated at Truck Driving & Inspectors Contest

Last week, I traveled to Pittsburgh to participate at this year’s North American Inspectors Championships (NAIC) and the National Truck Driving Championships hosted respectively by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the American Trucking Associations.

Earlier in the week, FMCSA Chief Safety Officer and Assistant Administrator Jack Van Steenburg kicked off the competition by recognizing the contestants’ contributions to safety and the agency’s appreciation for their professionalism.

In 2012 alone, truck and bus safety inspectors conducted 3.5 million roadside inspections all across the United States. These highly trained safety professionals are the backbone of our nation’s commercial motor vehicle safety program.  Their hard work and dedication helps ensure that drivers and companies operate safely and that those that don’t are removed from the road.


Hyundai Agrees to Pay $17.35 Million Fine in Brake Defect Case

Automaker Failed to Report Defect in a Timely Manner

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced that Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million civil penalty and comply with NHTSA oversight requirements outlined in a Consent Order as a result of the manufacturer failing to report in a timely manner a safety-related defect affecting 2009-2012 Hyundai Genesis vehicles.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, OSHA, Sign Agreement Strengthening Protections for Workers from Coercion, Retaliation

Contact:  FMCSA Office of Communications
Phone:  (202) 366-9999

Contact:  OSHA Office of Communications
Phone:  (202) 693-1999                                                                                

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, OSHA, Sign Agreement Strengthening Protections for Workers from Coercion, Retaliation 

News Digest DOT 61-14

Cyber Security Training DVD Now Available to the Maritime Industry.  The Maritime Administration has announced the availability of a free, computer-based training course (CBT) on cyber-threats in the maritime environment.  The DVD will assist vessel owners and operators, merchant mariner unions, maritime academies, and other maritime organizations with training U.S.