Government, Business, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Let’s Be Careful Out There

A character on the 1980s television police drama “Hill Street Blues” had a great catchphrase: “Let’s Be Careful Out There.” They’re also words that ring true today for those who make their living traveling the highways.

Transport Topics
October 18, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Like Motor Carriers, Truck Insurers Await Changes to Federal CSA Program

Officers perform a roadside inspection Officers perform a roadside inspection. There's more data than ever on carriers' operations, insurance experts say. (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

With potentially big changes coming to the federal Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, insurance companies are hoping for a better way to identify unsafe motor carriers in an environment where insurers may be paying out much higher claims under the current system while some carriers are battling skyrocketing premiums.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
October 17, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Replay: LiveOnWeb's 'Managing Risk in Trucking'

LiveOnWeb panelists From left: Joe Howard, Joe DeLorenzo, Lisa Gonnerman, Eric Miller

What techniques are fleets using to pursue lower insurance costs as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revamps its Compliance, Safety, Accountability scoring system? Our Oct. 17 LiveOnWeb program, "Managing Risk in Trucking," explores this topic. Watch the replay.

Transport Topics
October 10, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

New Jersey Beverage Distributor Seeks 14-Hour Workday for Its Drivers

FMCSA inspector Arkansas Highways/Flickr

Allied Beverage Group, a large New Jersey beverage distributor, has requested that the company’s shorthaul drivers utilizing the record of duty status exception be allowed to return to their work-reporting location within 14 hours instead of the usual 12 hours, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Aug. 3.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 3, 2018
Safety, Autonomous

Federal Regulators, Industry Leaders Review Autonomous Vehicles’ Potential

Daimler Trucks NA

The utilization of automated technology in trucks could prevent thousands of fatalities along the highways and offer benefits to the national economy, the chief federal trucking regulator said July 12.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 17, 2018
Government, Safety

FMCSA Outlines New Data Model to Be Tested in September

Trucks on highway Getty Images

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials have withdrawn a slate of proposed “enhancements” to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program’s Safety Management System to make way for a small-scale test in September of a new statistical data model intended to better identify high-risk carriers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
July 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

FMCSA to Host Autonomous Vehicles Listening Session July 12

Autonomous car Getty Images

The country’s top trucking regulator wants to hear what you have to say about autonomous vehicles.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 10, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Capitol Agenda for the Week of July 9: Get Lyft’ed

Lyft Amp Lyft

More than a flashy, pill-shaped light to be placed on the dashboard, it’s a tool to further advance the transportation sector’s culture of safety. We’re talking, of course, about the Lyft Amp. Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 9, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Concrete Group Seeks 14-Hour Workday

Construction worker pours concrete (antoniotruzzi/Getty Images)

The American Concrete Pumping Association is asking federal regulators to extend allowable work hours in a day for shorthaul drivers from 12 to 14. 

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 20, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Federal Regulators Tout Autonomous Vehicles’ Potential Benefits

autonomous car (Getty Images)

Commercial vehicles utilizing automated technology have the potential to increase highway safety and provide a boost to the economy, the country’s top trucking regulator said June 19.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 19, 2018