The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hopes to reduce the number
of truck collisions at railroad crossings by distributing new safety tip cards
to every truck driver.
The cards are designed to help reduce the more than 700 truck and bus
highway-rail grade crossing collisions that occur each year.
"This new card will remind professional drivers of steps they can take
to avoid needless tragedies," said FMCSA Administrator John Hill in a press
Nearly 250,000 of the cards, which were produced in collaboration with
the Federal Railroad Administration, will be initially distributed - including
150,000 cards that will be sent to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers
Association, Hill noted.
The cards will also be distributed to specialized carriers and other
industry associations, Hill added.
The two-sided laminated card reminds truck drivers of specific actions
required to safely cross railroad tracks, such as making certain there is
enough space on the other side of the tracks before proceeding and what to do
if their vehicle stalls or hangs upon the tracks, according to the release. The
card also includes emergency contact numbers for the major railroads.
The visor card can be downloaded free-of-charge from the FMCSA Web site