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Transportation businesses face a host of dynamic risk issues that can significantly impact their financial and operational health. The news in this category focuses on the latest safety and security initiatives, resources and regulations and addresses topics that include fleet safety, claims administration, driver hiring and retention, risk management and compliance.

Government, Business, Safety

Werner Driver Quinton Ward Wins Driving for Excellence Award

Werner driver Quinton Ward and ATA President Chris Spear Werner driver Quinton Ward (left) and ATA President Chris Spear by Dan Ronan/Transport Topics

Quinton Ward of New Orleans, who served five years in the U.S. Army until he was injured and received an Honorable Discharge, is the winner of the 2018 Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Program.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 14, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Funding Plan Starts With Open Dialogue

In the news business, if journalists believe a story has some long-term relevance, we say the story “has legs.” The term is meant to suggest that a topic could carry forward for a while, or that an article could be published at a later date, since the content has lesser risk of growing stale.

Transport Topics
December 13, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA, Others Tackle Truck Parking Problem

FMCSA Getty Images

Elected officials are becoming more aware of the truck parking problem, but many can’t seem to convince their constituents why they should care, according to panelists at a recent conference on truck parking.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 13, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety

Drivers, Carriers Have Different Concerns Regarding Driver Shortage, Retention

Driver Shortage A digital sign indicates available truck parking. (U.S. Department of Transportation)

The nation’s motor carriers and their drivers see different priorities when it comes to issues facing the trucking industry, a new study found.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 12, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Washington State Combats Collisions With New Wildlife Bridge

Wildlife Bridge Interstate 90 traffic passes beneath the wildlife bridge under construction. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old-growth forests and wetlands.

Manuel Valdes | Associated Press
December 12, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Final Round of Comments on Military-Driver Pilot Program

Army driver behind the wheel U.S. Army

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking a final round of comments on its plan to soon begin a three-year pilot program to compare the safety records of current or former military heavy truck drivers younger than 21 with a control group of current interstate drivers from 21 to 24 years old.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 11, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Top 50

Virginia Transportation Leaders Approve I-81 Improvement Plan

Interstate 81 traffic jam in Virginia An accident creates a traffic jam on I-81 just north of Front Royal, Va. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved a plan that weighs the possibility of tolls to address some of the issues that affect Interstate 81.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Dec. 10: Just in Time for the Holidays

Missouri Rep. Sam Graves Missouri Rep. Sam Graves (AAAEDelivers via YouTube)

Ahead of the Dec. 11 announcement of the next BUILD grant recipients, a few members of Congress have alerted the public about extra funds headed to their districts to help alleviate the cost of infrastructure projects.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

ASCE Gives Montana Infrastructure a C

ASCE A train near Montana's Yellowstone River. (Jerry Huddleston/Flickr)

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Montana a C for its overall infrastructure grade, a slight improvement from the C- the state earned on its last scorecard.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Awake and Aware

Trucker using video technology Lytx Inc.

Distracted and drowsy driving creates risk for drivers as well as fleets, but various forms of technology can alert drivers to these hazards and enable fleets to tailor training to prevent future events.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
December 7, 2018

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