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Government, Business, Safety

CVTA: Driver Learner Permit, CDL Testing Delays Persist

Kentucky CDL testing A Truck Training America student drives through the Kentucky State Police CDL test track and road course in Louisville, Ky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

More than one-third of state driver’s license agencies continue to face moderate to significant delays in conducting commercial learner permit knowledge tests, commercial driver license skills tests or actual issuance of the physical learner permits, according to a new survey by the Commercial Vehicle Training Association.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 6, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Driver-Assist Technologies Touted at FMCSA Truck Safety Summit

NHTSA Volvo's Active Driver Assist. (Volvo)

The importance of hiring skilled drivers, the prospects for success with hair-based drug tests, the critical need for infrastructure funding and the promise of technology — especially as it relates to onboard vehicle systems — were among subjects discussed at an all-day Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Aug. 5 truck safety summit.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

AAA: Partially Automated Driving Systems Don’t Always Work

An Argo AI test vehicle navigates Pittsburgh streets in 2018. A test vehicle from Argo AI, Ford's autonomous unit, navigates Pittsburgh streets in 2018. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

Two tests by AAA during the past two years show that partially automated driving systems don’t always function properly, so the auto club is recommending that car companies limit their use.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
August 6, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Carriers Must Prepare as Deadline Nears for Chinese Technology Ban, Experts Say

Huawei The Chinese companies, believed to be potential hackers into U.S. intelligence and defense agencies’ information systems, include Huawei, ZTE Corp., Hytera, Hikvision and Dahua Technology. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)

With an Aug. 13 deadline approaching fast, motor carriers who do business with the federal government must soon launch an inquiry to locate and purge telecommunications equipment manufactured by five Chinese companies that may be in use in their operations.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 5, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Tropical Storm Isaias Drives Wild Weather Up Interstate 95

Tropical Storm Residents survey the damage following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C. (Gerry Broome/Associated Press)

WINDSOR, N.C. — Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain along the U.S. East Coast on Aug. 4 after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it smashed boats together and caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people. At least two people were killed when one of its twisters hit a mobile home park.

August 4, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

Meritor Reaches Brake Shoe Production Milestone

Meritor booth at industry show John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Meritor Inc. recently produced its 100 millionth brake shoe at its Plainfield, Ind., manufacturing facility.

August 4, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Senate Panel to Consider USDOT IG Nominee Eric Soskin

USDOT sign Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation’s internal watchdog division is scheduled to appear before a Senate panel Aug. 6.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 4, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FAA Spells Out Design Changes Needed in Grounded Boeing Jet

A Boeing 737 Max jet heads to la landing after a test flight on June 29. A Boeing 737 Max jet heads to la landing after a test flight on June 29. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

Federal regulators on Aug. 3 outlined a list of design changes they will require in the Boeing 737 Max to fix safety issues that were discovered after two deadly crashes that led to the worldwide grounding of the plane.

David Koenig | Associated Press
August 4, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Smithfield Goes On Defensive Over COVID-19 Response

Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls, S.D. Smithfield Foods Inc. took out a full-page ad in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times to accuse its critics of false narratives and misinformation. (Dan Brouillette/Bloomberg News)

Smithfield Foods Inc. is defending its efforts to keep employees safe and supply food to the nation during the coronavirus pandemic.

August 3, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

House Advances Water Infrastructure Policy Bill

Trucks at Port of Los Angeles Trucks at the Port of Los Angeles.

A water infrastructure policy bill that found bipartisan backing was easily advanced by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 29.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 3, 2020