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FHWA Proposal Would Allow States More Flexibility With Design Standards

Highway construction A crew works on a highway. The proposed rule would allow states to undertake resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation projects on all National Highway System roadways. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Highway Administration published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would allow state departments of transportation more flexibility with design standards when repairing highways and interstates.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 25, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Operational Cost of Trucking Down 9.3%, ATRI Finds

Trucks (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Costs associated with trucking operations have decreased, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 24, 2020
Government, Safety

North Dakota Tops Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report

North Dakota's Badlands A road traversing North Dakota's Badlands. The state also topped Reason Foundation’s previous Annual Highway Report. (garylestrangephotography/Getty Images)

North Dakota has the best state-owned road system in the country, according to Reason Foundation’s recently released Annual Highway Report.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 24, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Economic Outlook Bright for Holidays

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Goods are pouring into ports, being delivered by trucks to warehouses and e-commerce locations, and retailers are restocking their shelves as the holiday shopping season gets into full swing. It’s also a major reason why trucking continues to outperform the overall U.S. economy.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
November 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Big Fleets to Work Together on Enhancing Driver Visibility in Cab

Truck driver checks windshield wiper A truck driver checks a windshield wiper. Together for Safer Roads President David Braunstein called driver visibility an "underappreciated aspect of road safety." (welcomia/Getty Images)

Anheuser-Busch InBev, PepsiCo Inc., Republic Services and nongovernmental organization Together for Safer Roads announced a design challenge to improve fleet safety and save lives, calling the project the Truck of the Future.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
November 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

GM to Recall 7 Million Vehicles to Replace Takata Air Bags

GM logo. Paul Sancya/Associated Press

The U.S. is making General Motors recall and repair nearly 6 million big pickup trucks and SUVs equipped with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
November 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

US Capitol Christmas Tree Photo Gallery

Government, Business, Safety

California Appeals Court Rules Motor Carriers Not Exempt From AB 5

California Traffic on a California highway. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

The California Court of Appeals has issued an opinion declaring motor carriers are not exempt from a state law aimed at reclassifying owner-operators as employees.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 20, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

How a Texas ‘Fender Bender’ Truck Accident Turned Into a $32 Million Nuclear Jury Verdict

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A civil action against FTS International Services remains one of dozens of so-called “nuclear” verdicts against motor carriers, defined as awards in excess of $10 million, that in recent years have been on a steep rise.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 20, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Trucking Offered Measure of Stability in Diesel Revenue as Pandemic Caused Gas Tax Revenue to Tank

Trucker gets fuel Thinkstock

In addition to essential supplies, truck drivers during the pandemic provided a service that is less tangible but no less important: boosting revenue for state transportation departments.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2020

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