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Major Carriers Install In-Cab Cameras

Posted by Genie Wood on Mon, Jun 01, 2015 @ 09:25 AM

With the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration voting to allow the use of in-cab cameras last December, several major carriers have begun installing the precautionary devices in their trucks. While this decision was initially met with outcries of privacy violations, companies maintain that the new practice is being made in an attempt to protect both themselves and drivers from fault in accidents and lawsuits. 

Despite the complaints, companies are already seeing the benefits of the new camera systems, especially when the new cameras are joining previously installed safety systems such as lane-departure warning, reactive cruise-control, and stability control. In Nashville, M&W Logistics CEO Mike McFarlin says his company has seen a 34 percent decrease in total accidents inside twelve months of installing the cameras. Additionally, occurrences of the two most severe types of accidents, Level 3 and Level 4, have been cut in half.

There are several different systems available which vary from one another is small ways, but the overall approach is the same. The systems usually have two lenses, one facing forward that captures everything happening outside of the cab, and a second lens positioned towards the driver and passenger inside the cab. The cameras are connected to an accelerometer that detects sudden movements. While the cameras film continuously, the video is only saved when the accelerometer detects an event such as hard braking or sudden deceleration. Most systems offer an override option that allows carriers to record and save up to 40 hours of footage.

TBS Factoring Service is excited to offer insight gained over its 50 years of experience in the industry, as well as assistance with a variety of services to help truckers and trucking companies, including insurance offerings and freight factoring. Call us today at (800) 207-7661 to learn more about what our team can do to help you.  

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American Trucking Association Fights HOS Regulations

Posted by Genie Wood on Fri, Mar 01, 2013 @ 02:22 PM

The American Trucking Association (ATA) is currently in a legal battle with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) over proposed hours of service regulation changes, currently set to take effect in July of 2013. In the latest development, the FMCSA has refused to delay implementation of the new policies until after a judicial decision is made regarding contested provisions of the new policies.

According to the ATA, this delay would help save the trucking industry as much as $320 million between now and July 1st, savings which would come from the costs of training employees to comply with the new regulations and other transition costs.

Unfortunately, many of these costs will likely be born, at least in part, by independent trucking operators. At TBS Factoring, we understand how much these types of challenges can affect your business. Fortunately, our freight factoring services can help to keep your revenue streams steady and reliable. To learn more about what we can do for you, contact us today at 1-800-207-7661.  

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