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
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Sygic Introduces Real-Time Driver Behavior Analysis

Sygic, a Slovakia-based mobile navigation company, has unveiled a new driver behavior algorithm designed to motivate drivers to act safer behind the wheel.

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
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

PSI Marks Silver Anniversary by Looking Back, Ahead

Trina Smith, Tim Musgrave, Vanessa Munez PSI's Tim Musgrave talks with line workers Trina Smith (left) and Vanessa Munez. “Without these guys, we’re nothing,” he says of the production staff in San Antonio. (Tom Berg for Transport Topics)

It has been 25 years since a Texas family purchased the patent for a device that would keep truck tires inflated, a move that proved prescient.

Tom Berg | Special to Transport Topics
October 15, 2018
Government, Safety

Hurricane Michael Cuts Swath of ‘Unimaginable Destruction’

Aftermath of Hurricane Michael Gerald Herbert/Associated Press

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Oct. 11 with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews began making their way into the stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have defied evacuation orders.

Jay Reeves and Brendan Farrington | Associated Press
October 11, 2018
Technology, Safety

Self-Dimming Headlights Could Be Coming to US

Self-dimming Headlights Self-dimming headlights were showcased at the New York Auto Show. (Michael Noble Jr./Bloomberg News)

U.S. auto safety regulators are moving to allow a new generation of brighter, self-dimming headlights that won’t blind other drivers on the road ahead. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing to permit so-called adaptive driving beam headlights on new cars according to the agency.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
October 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Four Democratic Representatives Seek IG Investigation of TTU Glider Study

TTU Glider Study Daimler Trucks North America gliders at a 2017 show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Four House Democrats have asked the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General to investigate a glider truck study by a Tennessee Tech University researcher. The study already is the subject of a research misconduct investigation by the university.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Senate Autonomous Bill Negotiations Continue After Heated Confirmation Fight

Autonomous vehicles on road concept Shutterstock

Senators are negotiating safety provisions in an autonomous vehicles bill that proponents insist could advance before lawmakers leave Capitol Hill ahead of the midterm elections next month.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 11, 2018
Government, Safety

FMCSA Listening Session Attendees Call for Flexible HOS Rules

Flexible HOS rules Martinez (left), Minor and Deputy FMCSA Administrator Cathy Gautreaux. (Media Center via YouTube)

The majority of the requests brought before top Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials at a public listening session on hours-of-service rules can be distilled into one desire: flexibility.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 11, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

MCE 2018 to Focus on Cooperation, Trucking Industry Promotion

MCE 2018 Spear speaks during MCE 2017. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

When trucking officials gather at the annual American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas, Oct. 27-30, the major theme they will hear is how the industry can work together nationally and locally to promote trucking.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
October 10, 2018