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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

Crash Not Your Fault? FMCSA Says Soon It Won't Hurt Your CSA Score

Flashing police lights Beginning in August, eight types of crashes can be classified as “not preventable.” (Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Beginning in August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to make permanent a demonstration program that allows truck crashes in which the driver was not at fault to be listed as “not preventable” in Compliance, Safety, Accountability program scores.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 3, 2019
Business, Safety

Louisiana’s Courville Gets Crowned, Again, at State Truck Driving Championships

louisiana Grand Champion Eric Courville pictured with his son Eric (left), wife Missy (center), and son Ethan (right), at the Louisiana Truck Driving Championships Banquet. (John Ballance for Louisiana Motor Transport Association)

It is no surprise that defending Grand Champion Eric Courville showed up with his game face on for the Louisiana Truck Driving Championships on March 29. He came and he conquered, scoring 391 points to reign supreme again.

Marissa Gamache | Online Reporter
April 3, 2019
Business, Safety

ATA Launches Campaign to Promote Infrastructure Deal

Infrastructure Deal A shot of traffic from the campaign video. (American Trucking Associations via YouTube)

American Trucking Associations has formally launched its campaign in support of a federal infrastructure funding package.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 3, 2019
Business, Safety

2019 Louisiana Truck Driving Championships

Photos from the Louisiana Truck Driving Championships in Baton Rouge, La., March 29-30, 2019. (John Ballance for Louisiana Motor Transport Association)

Transport Topics
April 3, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Opinion

Opinion: Vigilance Needed in Driver Drug Testing, Monitoring

The expanding legalization of marijuana across the country opens up fleets and motor carriers to increased risk.

Steve Bojan | Vice President & Transportation Practice Leader, Hub International
April 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

20-Year-Old Technician Ryan Meppelink Prepares for International Competition

Ryan Meppelink Ryan Meppelink shows off his skills at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Ryan Meppelink, a 20-year-old student from Zeeland, Mich., has been fascinated with all things mechanical since he was 14.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 2, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NHTSA Probing Hyundai, Kia for Cars That Catch Fire

kia Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating some 3 million U.S. vehicles made by Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. after thousands of complaints that the vehicles went up in flames even without being involved in a crash.

Ryan Beene and Sohee Kim | Bloomberg News
April 2, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Senate Appropriators Raise Livestock Industry’s ELD Concerns

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao “We’re very much aware of the hardship that these inflexible [HOS] rules have placed on rural and agricultural interests,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Federal policymakers continue to share livestock haulers' concerns over the ELD mandate. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 1, 2019
Business, Safety

At the Truck Stop, the Doctor Will See You Now

The UrgentCare booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show The UrgentCare booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Forty-eight percent of truck drivers have a serious health condition, but when it comes to preventive care, many do not have the time to miss work or find a convenient time and place to get medical exams, an audience of drivers was told at the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 29.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
March 29, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Gov. Ralph Northam’s I-81 Funding Fixes Eye Trucking Industry

I-81 Funding Traffic moves on I-81. (D. Alan Covey)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed fundraising tools for Interstate 81 improvements include the trucking industry shouldering a significant portion of the financial burden.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 29, 2019

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