Top Motor Vehicle Inspectors Measure Their Grasp at Championships

inspectors John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The top 50 North American inspectors will exhibit their grasp of technologies and their command of truck safety regulations when they vie for the distinction of North America’s best inspector.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 25, 2017
Business, Equipment, Safety

Truckers Embrace the Spotlight, Friendly Rivalries at National Championship

truck driving championships John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Gary Harms and Don Logan, elite truck drivers with stellar performance records, go about their tasks with a strong focus on safety. They respect every aspect of the trucking industry, including the other drivers. But safety is their top objective.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 25, 2017
Government, Safety, TCA

Minnesota’s Riskiest Spans Repaired a Decade After Fatal I-35W Bridge Collapse

Aging bridge in Minnesota An aging bridge in Minnesota. (Matt Zaske)

Minnesota has repaired or replaced about 120 bridges in the past decade as part of a special funding program authorized after an Interstate 35W span plunged into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others.

Janet Moore and MaryJo Webster | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
July 24, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, TCA

House Panel Approves Self-Driving Measure That Pre-empts State Regulations

Daimler Future Truck Daimler's Future Truck, an autonomous vehicle, or AV. (Daimler AG)

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection unanimously approved a legislative markup July 19 to advance self-driving vehicle technology. Navigating the autonomous vehicle landscape has been difficult because of the traditional boundaries it breaks.

Ryan McCauley | Government Technology magazine
July 24, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

Government Watchdog Criticizes FMCSA’s Information Technology Systems

GAO headquarters kafka4prez/Flickr

A government watchdog has issued a searing review of some of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s most critical information technology systems used to monitor the safety of motor carriers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Weigh the Benefits of Retreads Versus New Tires

retread tires Katie Pyzyk

Old habits die hard, as well as negative perceptions. Such is the case with unfavorable views of retread tires. But many fleets are choosing retreads over new tires due to improvements in product quality combined with cost savings.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Truck Safety: Human and Equipment Factors

The intersection of the human and equipment-­related elements of truck safety is reflected in the two cover stories in this issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Opinion: Trailer Side Underride Guards

Underride Guard Airflow Deflector Inc.

In the case of semi-trailers, safety advocates, insurance companies and industry suppliers believe that if side underride guards are built, fleets will come and buy them.

July 24, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Safety

ESC Mandate to Improve Safety, Fleets Say

ESC Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that by preventing crashes, electronic stability control will save lives, prevent property damage and reduce congestion.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
July 24, 2017
Business, Safety, Fuel

Kenworth Mixer, Dump Truck Demonstration

A T880S mixer fueled by compressed natural gas and a T880 dump truck take to the course at Dirtfish in Snoqualmie, Wash., during Kenworth Truck Co.'s ride and drive of vocational vehicles July 21, 2017.

Transport Topics
July 21, 2017