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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

Minnesota DOT Leaders Urge Caution as Construction Season Begins

Minnesota road sign Tony Webster/Flickr

Minnesota Department of Transportation officials urged freight haulers and motorists to know their routes and allow extra time for trips as the agency starts work on 221 projects this construction season.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 9, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

CVSA Petitions FMCSA to Drop Rear Underride Guard Label Requirement

FMCSA A Stoughton Trailers rear impact guard. (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has petitioned federal regulators to eliminate a requirement that manufacturer certification stickers be on truck and trailer rear underride guards.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 9, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Arlington Memorial Bridge Construction Greets Cherry Blossom Enthusiasts

Arlington Memorial Bridge repair Repairs to the Arlington Memorial Bridge are projected to be completed by early 2021. (National Park Service)

The seasonal beauty of Washington's cherry blossoms contrasts with construction on one of America's most iconic bridges. Here's your Capitol Agenda look ahead at the week for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 8, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Houston Ship Channel Shut as Storm Hits Chemical Disaster Site

Port of Houston A ship is docked on the Houston Ship Channel, part of the Port of Houston. (Loren Elliott/AFP)

The Houston Ship Channel was shut April 7 as violent storms wracked the site of one of the worst Gulf Coast industrial disasters in 14 years.

Joe Carroll | Bloomberg News
April 8, 2019
Business, Safety

Ina Daly Back to Defend Arizona Truck Driving Championships Title

Ina Daly, last year's Grand Champion, will be back to defend her title. (Arizona Trucking Association)

The Arizona Trucking Association is gearing up for a scorcher of a competition this year at its state truck driving championships April 13 in Tempe. This year, 177 competitors will vie for the Grand Champion title.

Marissa Gamache | Online Reporter
April 8, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Steering, Suspension Systems Focus of 2019 CVSA Roadcheck

2019 CVSA Roadcheck A Virginia State Police officer performs a load securement inspection during a previous International Roadcheck event. (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance)

Steering and suspension systems will be the focus of the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance International Roadcheck event June 4-6.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 5, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Senate Committee Approves NHTSA Nominee Heidi King

Heidi King Heidi King testifies at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in 2018. (Eric Thayer/Bloomberg News)

Heidi King took a step forward in her quest to become administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 5, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Starting the Clock on HOS Reform

The Department of Transportation has taken an important first step in potential reform of the hours-of-service rules that regulate how much time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, and we’re glad to see it.

Transport Topics
April 4, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Federal Judge in New Orleans Dismisses Alleged ‘Staged Accident’ Lawsuit

Interstate 10 in New Orleans A stretch of Interstate 10 in New Orleans, near where a disputed accident involving Whitestone Transportation is alleged to have occurred. (Google Maps)

At the request of the plaintiffs, a federal judge in New Orleans dismissed a civil lawsuit April 8 involving a truck accident that was similar to numerous others that the trucking company defendants said are under investigation by federal law enforcement for being staged by the alleged victims.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA to Drivers: Don’t Overthink Personal Conveyance Time

Larry Minor and Joseph DeLorenzo Larry Minor (left) and Joseph DeLorenzo address the MATS audience. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Some truck drivers still are grappling with the definition of personal conveyance time. They shouldn’t be, according to a top executive for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 4, 2019

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