Government, Safety

North Carolina Truckers to See 14.61% Surcharge on Liability Insurance

NC Insurance NCRF Annual Report

North Carolina motor carriers are being slapped with a 14.61% surcharge on their liability insurance policies to plug a $96 million shortfall in the state’s insurance risk pool.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 19, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Ex-Trooper Sentenced in Dallas Trucking Company Inspection Fraud


A former Texas Department of Public Safety sergeant was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison April 16 for accepting bribes from a Dallas trucking company in exchange for top-level inspection decals.

Claire Z. Cardona | The Dallas Morning News
April 19, 2018
Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Carriers Keep Rolling Out Driver Pay Raises

Driver in Peterbilt truck Driver photo by John Ballance

The need for truck drivers has spurred a number of carriers recently to raise compensation and entice qualified drivers to stick around.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
April 19, 2018
Government, Safety

FMCSA Assigns CSA Severity Weights to ELD Violations

ELD check Rand McNally

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has assigned severity weights to each of about a dozen electronic logging device-related violations that are being recorded on a driver’s or motor carrier’s safety profile score.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 17, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Halts Transport of Explosives for Tennessee-Based Company

Hazmat signs tochichi/Flickr

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has prohibited Rock City Stone Co., a Tennessee-based group, from commercially transporting explosives or hazardous materials.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 17, 2018
Government, Technology, Safety

Virginia Tech Vehicle Test Track System to Include Rural Road Simulation

Michelin Americas Truck Tires Michelin Americas Truck Tires

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is in the midst of a major expansion of its vehicle test track system in Blacksburg, Va., as it works to complete this fall a simulated rural road system covering 120 acres.

Transport Topics
April 17, 2018
Technology, Safety

Core Group of Distracted Drivers Reduces Road Safety

Distracted driver David J. Phillip/AP

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, and several new studies show the problem is getting worse.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
April 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of April 16: Road to NTDC

2017 NTDC for Capitol Agenda, April 16, 2018 A driver gets ready to take the course during the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships in Orlando, Fla. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The journey to crown this year’s top truck driver is officially underway. Elite truckers passionate about safety are focusing their talents at their state truck driving championships for a chance to qualify for the National Truck Driving Championships.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 16, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

MoDOT Grapples With Issues Related to Vehicle Automation

Tesla Self-Driving Tesla Model S with self-driving technology by Andreas Arnold/Bloomberg

As the auto market becomes more saturated with electric vehicles and vehicles with automation capabilities, the Missouri Department of Transportation is grappling with the changes these types of vehicles present.

Eric Dundon | Hannibal Courier - Post
April 16, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Chao Stresses Continued Outreach to Ag Haulers on ELD, HOS Rules

DOT Secretary Elaine Chao HouseAppropsGOP via YouTube

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will continue to meet with and host briefings geared toward livestock haulers who are discontent with the electronic logging device rule, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 12, 2018