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Port of Oakland to Launch GPS Tracking System

Trucking companies, owner-operators and shippers at the Port of Oakland, Calif., and Oakland’s World Trade Center will be able to track freight using Global Positioning System technology starting in about six months.

July 9, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

DOT Inspector General Urges More SafeStat Improvements

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s safety rating system has been improved but is still not ready to return to public view, said the Department of Transportation’s inspector general.

July 2, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Equipment

Feds Order Recall of Chinese-Made Tires

Federal officials ordered a recall of tires made in China after their U.S. distribution company disclosed that the Chinese manufacturer had stopped including a safety feature that prevented tire treads from separating, the New York Times reported.

June 27, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Equipment

OOIDA, C.R. England Claim Partial Victory in Class-Action Suit

Truckload carrier C.R. England and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association each claimed partial victory after a federal district court ruled on a case involving federal truth-in-leasing regulations.

June 26, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Equipment

OEMs Promote Disc Brakes as 2007 Option

Class 8 truck makers said they are offering electronically controlled air disc brakes as an option in 2007 models, promoting them as safer and easier to maintain than the drum brakes most U.S. heavy trucks use.

June 25, 2007
Business, Equipment

Class 8 Fleet Grows 4.8% as Freight Levels Drop

The U.S. heavy-duty truck fleet was about 4.8% larger at the end of the first quarter than it was in the comparable period last year, according to new data from R.K. Polk & Co.

June 18, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Panel Mulls Network of Truck-Only Lanes

Trucking executive Patrick Quinn proposed building a system of dedicated truck-only lanes to streamline freight movement and the idea has been “well received” by members of a U.S. commission.

June 11, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

Opinion: Transportation Tech’s Shift to Open Systems

This Opinion piece appears in the June 4 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.

June 8, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Equipment

Letters to the Editor: Rollover Stats, SafeStat Scores, Hard Braking

These letters appear in the June 4 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.

Rollover Stats

June 6, 2007
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Averitt to Use SkyBitz Trailer-Tracking System

Averitt Express will use the global locating system trailer tracking technology made by trucking technology firm SkyBitz.

June 5, 2007