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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, Technology, Safety

Trucking Executives, Transportation Experts Discuss Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Part of the distracted driving roundtable. (NTSBgov via YouTube)

Transportation companies — including trucking groups — can improve safety by promoting accountability at the individual, executive and peer levels, according to industry representatives.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 12, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Spring Snowstorm Buries Midwest, Tornadoes Possible in South

snow Snow plows clear Interstate 29 on April 11, in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Briana Sanchez/Associated Press)

Strong winds and more snow hit the Midwest on April 12 after a spring storm buried several states in snow and created dangerous travel conditions, while forecasters warned of potential weekend tornadoes in the South.

Associated Press
April 12, 2019
Government, Safety

DOT Announces $25 Million for Flood-Ravaged Nebraska

Flooding of BNSF train tracks in Plattsmouth, Neb. Floodwaters surround a damaged section of BNSF train tracks in Plattsmouth, Neb. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Nebraska will receive millions in federal funds to repair infrastructure that has been damaged by severe flooding in the region.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Keeping Up With the ‘Hands’ of Time

The notion of being a “hands-on” worker still carries weight in professional circles. Increasingly, though, some of the things that once were decidedly “hands-on” are becoming much more “hands-off” thanks to the march of technological innovation.

Transport Topics
April 11, 2019
Business, Safety

Drug Positivity Rate in US General Workforce Hit 14-Year High in 2018

Drug Positivity Rate A hair sample is tested at Quest Diagnostics. (DrugTestingTV via YouTube)

The rate of U.S. general workforce drug positivity hit a 14-year high in 2018, according to a new drug testing analysis released April 11 by Quest Diagnostics.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Prognostics Takes Shape as the Future of Truck Repair

Dart Transit truck Dart Transit

Condition-based maintenance is coming to commercial vehicles, and bringing with it transformative possibilities to expand real-time operational insights, foster an improved warranty process and, perhaps, accelerate sales of replacement parts, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 11, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FHWA Grant Supports Truck Parking Project Along I-10

1-10 in Houston 1-10 in Houston by Shutterstock

The Federal Highway Administration has awarded the Texas Department of Transportation nearly $7 million to fund a truck parking availability system along Interstate 10 in four states.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Digital Dashboard Cameras Gaining Truckers' Acceptance

Dashboard Cameras A KeepTruckin dashboard camera is installed. (KeepTruckin via YouTube)

As digital technology in trucking grows, so, too, do the ways it can be combined.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
April 10, 2019
Business, Safety, Logistics

Spring Blizzard Set to Strike Great Plains, Midwest

Chicago Downtown Chicago after a snowfall this winter. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News)

A potentially record-breaking storm is squeezing the warmth from spring as it brings snow and howling winds across the Great Plains and threatens to flood rivers from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

Brian K. Sullivan | Bloomberg News
April 10, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Boosting Safety a Priority for Next Highway Bill, House Democrats Say

Highway Bill Rep. Peter DeFazio speaks during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — Enhancing safety programs with the goal of reducing roadway and pedestrian fatalities nationwide will be a priority for lawmakers writing the next highway policy bill, the top transportation authorizer in the U.S. House of Representatives said April 9.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 9, 2019