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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

Standardizing Collision Avoidance Systems Is One of NTSB’s Most Wanted Safety Improvements

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt by Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Automobile and truck manufacturers should develop a standard practice of installing collision avoidance technology in their vehicles, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which named the system as one of its 10 Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

EPA's Andrew Wheeler Says New Glider Truck Rule Would Consider Impact on Manufacturers

Glider Kit Truck Rule A Fitzgerald glider kit installed in a Peterbilt 389. (Fitzgerald Glider Kits via YouTube)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to tailor its new glider truck emissions standard to help protect the glider industry from “going out of business or substantially reducing its economic growth potential,” agency chief Andrew Wheeler said in a document sent to Congress.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 1, 2019
Business, Safety

Walmart Revamps Employee Sick-Leave Policy

Walmart worker Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Walmart Inc. is making sweeping changes to its employment policies this month, granting paid sick leave to hourly workers in the United States, and, at the same time, possibly making it easier to fire those who miss too many shifts.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
February 1, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Editorial

Editorial: Trucking Has It Down Cold

A polar vortex can slow a lot of folks down. But you can count on the trucking industry.

Transport Topics
January 31, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Public Transit, Housing Merit Inclusion in Infrastructure Bill, Rep. Adriano Espaillat Says

Adriano Espaillat Adriano Espaillat speaks at a press conference in front of Capitol Hill in 2018. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

With the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee prepping to debate a long-term infrastructure bill, one of the panel’s newest faces intends to push transit and housing priorities throughout the process.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 31, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

I.D. Systems Acquires CarrierWeb to Expand Asset-Tracking Capabilities

I.D. Systems The I.D. Systems booth at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Asset-tracking specialist I.D. Systems Inc. has acquired the U.S.-based assets of CarrierWeb, a global telematics firm that provides in-cab mobile communications, electronic logging devices and trailer tracking.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 31, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Four Women Among 18 Captains Named to 2019-20 America’s Road Team

Four women captains on America's Road Team for 2019-20 From left: Tina Peterson, FedEx Ground, Blaine, Minn.; April Coolidge, Walmart Transportation, Mint Hill, N.C.; Nicolette Weaver, FedEx Freight, New Bloomfield, Pa.; Theldorine “Dee” Sova, Prime Inc., Sacramento, Calif. (Jaclyn O'Laughlin)

ARLINGTON, Va. — Four women are among the 18 drivers chosen by American Trucking Associations as members of the 2019-20 America’s Road Team, representing the largest contingent of women ever selected to the team of industry ambassadors.

Marissa Gamache | Online Reporter
January 30, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Autonomous Trucking Still Distant

Autonomous Trucking Steve Banker (Jim Stinson/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — The future of autonomous trucks is further down the road than people believe, but final-mile delivery by robots is closer to larger use, said Steve Banker of ARC Advisory Group, giving his assessment of future disruption at the SMC3 Jump Start conference.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 30, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Top 100

Fleets Prepare Drivers for Extreme Cold

Bank sign showing -16 degrees An electronic sign in Moorhead, Minn., shows the temperature. (Bruce Crummy/AP)

Trucking groups prepared their drivers with tips on operations and safety as a polar vortex gripped the Midwest, delivering extremely cold temperatures and harsh wind chills.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 30, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Opinion

Opinion: Using Analytics to Help Retain Drivers

Key variables can be analyzed using machine learning to predict a driver’s risk of leaving a company, and insights from those data points can provide — and prescribe — recommendations on what type of intervention is needed, says Chris Orban of Trimble.

Chris Orban | Vice President of Data Science, Trimble Transportation Division
January 30, 2019