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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

Border Funding Complicates Freight Policy as Congress Tries to Avoid Shutdown

Border Funding Schumer (C-Span)

A year-end funding bill that is likely to include provisions related to electronic logging devices and autonomous cars is almost finalized. Yet, disputes surrounding security along the border with Mexico as well as tensions over an investigation into the 2016 presidential election are complicating spending talks.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 29, 2018
Government, Safety

New York DOT Removes Controversial Highway Signs

New York A "Welcome to New York" sign along northbound Interstate 287 and State Route 17. (Famartin/Wikicommons)

The New York State Department of Transportation completed ahead of schedule the removal of hundreds of the large blue tourism signs that line highways.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Narcoleptic Truck Driver Seeks Exemption to Get Behind the Wheel

Yawning truck driver Illustration by Getty Images

An Illinois truck driver has filed a rare exemption request with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that he be allowed to drive a heavy truck in interstate commerce despite his medical condition that regulators say likely could cause a loss of consciousness or an inability to control a commercial vehicle.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 28, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Effective Cab Ergonomics Has Key Role in Driver Productivity, Safety and Health, Industry Experts Say

Driver behind wheel Effective cab design boosts driver comfort and performance, helps prevent injuries and reduces driver fatigue, industry experts say. (Ryder System Inc.)

Manufacturers that supply over-the-road trucks, as well as those who operate them, have something to say about their trucks’ cab design. And ergonomics plays a critical role to help enable drivers to perform efficiently.

Jim Romeo | Special to Transport Topics
November 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, TCA

New York City to Roll Out ‘High Vision’ Trucks

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio New York City Mayor Mayor, Bill de Blasio (Jonathan Levinson/Bloomberg News)

New York City’s initiative to reduce traffic deaths may be called Vision Zero, but for municipal truck drivers it will translate into a little more vision — in the form of fewer blind spots.

Jillian Jorgensen | New York Daily News
November 28, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Nominations on Senate’s Docket for Lame-Duck Session, Mitch McConnell Says

Nominations McConnell (Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press)

Consideration of nominees for top level roles in the Trump administration is among the priorities for the U.S. Senate during its brief post-election session, the chamber’s leader said Nov. 27.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Nov. 26: One More for the Road

Thanksgiving traffic 2018 Motorists were looking to get a jump on their Thanksgiving travels on Nov. 20. (CBS This Morning via YouTube)

If you don’t travel much, but you were among the millions of Americans who set out to visit loved ones this past Thanksgiving weekend, the traffic nightmare you experienced was indeed an anomaly. But there's hope. Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 26, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Safer Solutions Sought for Hazmat Drivers Traveling Colorado’s Treacherous Loveland Pass

The Eisenhower/Johnson tunnel The Eisenhower Tunnel courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation

With its 180-degree bends, 7% grades, dangerous drop-offs and strong wind gusts, the hazardous material truck drivers hauling heavy petroleum loads who make the 9.5-mile journey though Colorado’s Loveland Pass call the drive a “white-knuckle experience.”

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Truck Makers, Suppliers Aim to Combat Road Salt Corrosion With Protective Coatings

Road Salt Corrosion Snow and ice cover a highway. (Mary Ann Chastain/Associated Press)

When winter weather arrives, what also comes with it is the use of road salt, which exacerbates truck corrosion.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
November 20, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Trump to Nominate Andrew Wheeler for Top Job at EPA

Andrew Wheeler Wheeler (left) on stage with Trump during the White House State Leadership Day conference. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Andrew Wheeler for the administrator role at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he currently serves as acting administrator.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2018