MANCHESTER, CT – September 19, 2001 – Lydall Transport, Ltd., a Lydall subsidiary, is announcing that its Manchester, Connecticut facility will again serve as the host site for a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance seminar on October 17, 2001. This annual seminar, entitled “How to pass the CVSA Critical Item Inspection and Earn a CVSA Decal," was last held at Lydall on July 13, 2000.
Members of the media are invited to attend the seminar to gain a firsthand understanding of how the transportation industry strives to make highways safer.
Safety is the number one priority at Lydall Transport, as evidenced by its award-winning record. In addition to its own, strict maintenance, safety and training standards, the company periodically hosts events such as the CVSA seminar and makes them available to all truck-driving professionals, not just those under contract to Lydall.
In spite of the ever-increasing congestion on the public roadways and economic pressures brought on by rising costs, the trucking industry continues to carry more than 22 percent of all U.S. International Merchandise Trade, holding a 27 percent share of the export market and 19 percent of imports.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 1999 there were 4,542 fatal crashes on the nation’s highways that involved large trucks. The total number of fatalities that resulted from these crashes was 5,362 and while that number represents a 50 percent decline in the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled since 1975, in recent years it has remained relatively flat. In 1998 and 1997, for example, the total number of fatalities that resulted from crashes involving large trucks on U.S. roads totaled 5,395 and 5,938, respectively. The Department of Transportation also reports that during the period from 1979 to 1999, there has been a 32 percent increase in the number of large trucks registered in the United States and an 83 percent increase in the total number of miles traveled by large trucks.
The purpose of the CVSA seminar is to provide company owners, safety and risk managers, drivers, owner-operators, and vehicle maintenance personnel, with the necessary knowledge and tools to detect safety related defects/violations prior to vehicles operating on the highway. Seminar attendees gain the information they need to reduce expensive roadway downtime, costly delivery delays, adverse safety records, and the number of critical out-of-service defects/violations discovered during roadside inspections of vehicles.
More than 25 transportation professionals are expected to attend the Lydall seminar in October. There will be a classroom session covering inspection levels, detailed inspection procedures, CVSA Out-of-Service Criteria and CVSA’s Decal – Rules of the Road followed by a “hands-on” simulated safety inspection of a Lydall vehicle.
Totton Walton, Safety Director for Lydall Transport, and Dan Postemski, Maintenance Director, are inviting members of the media to attend the seminar and to tour the Lydall Maintenance Facility in Manchester.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is a non-profit organization of federal, state and provincial government agencies and representatives from private industry in the United States, Canada and Mexico dedicated to improving commercial vehicle safety. Its mission is to achieve uniformity and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections and enforcement activities throughout North America through effective motor carrier, driver, vehicle, and cargo safety standards, compliance, education and enforcement.
Lydall Transport, Ltd., a Lydall subsidiary, provides transportation services for all Lydall companies and a variety of specialized product manufacturers in the U. S. and Canada. Lydall, Inc. is a New York Stock Exchange listed company [LDL], headquartered in Manchester, Connecticut. The Company, with nine operations in the U. S., one in France, one in Germany, and offices in Japan, focuses on specialty engineered products for the thermal/acoustical and filtration/separation markets.