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The Effectiveness of the SHRP2 Solution

The US Federal Highway Administration’s Strategic Highway Research Program’s (SHRP 2) National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Training Program (L12) offers a set of practices and standards to help incident responders — including police, firefighters, DOTs, vehicle towers, medical personnel, and other emergency responders — work together more efficiently to clear crashes faster and safer. The goal of Read the full article…


Proposed DOT Rule Would Usher in New Era in Vehicle Safety

WASHINGTON—Citing an enormous potential to reduce crashes on U.S. roadways, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles, Read the full article…


EPA and DOT Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation. The final phase two standards were Read the full article…


PHMSA Releases Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has released the Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response (TRIPR) training resource, a web-accessible tool for emergency responders. These training resources offer a flexible approach to training the first responders and emergency services personnel in pre-incident planning and response. Read the full article…


New PHMSA Final Rule Improves the Safe Transportation of Bulk Explosives

The Federal Register has published a Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) final rule that amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations by adopting nine widely-used, longstanding special permits related to the safe transportation of bulk explosives on cargo tank motor vehicles and multipurpose bulk trucks. This rule will eliminate the Read the full article…


FMCSA Orders Utah Bus Company to Cease all Operations

WASHINGTON – A Woods Cross, Utah-based bus company that primarily transported children has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to cease all intrastate and interstate operations for repeatedly operating unsafe vehicles and for failing to comply with a 2014 federal consent order. Read the full article…

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The 2016 ERG

The ERG is updated and issued every four years by DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The current edition is the 2012 ERG. The next edition, the 2016 ERG, is anticipated to be released in early 2016. Anyone who works with hazardous materials, including shippers, carriers, and emergency responders Read the full article…

2016 ERG