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Drivewyze Receives $60M Investment to Accelerate Growth

Drivewyze A Drivewyze-equipped truck bypasses a weigh station in Alberta, Canada. (Drivewyze)

Trucking technology provider Drivewyze will receive $60 million in financing to help advance its growth through an agreement parent company Intelligent Imaging Systems has reached with an investment firm, according to a July 14 announcement.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
July 21, 2020
Government, Safety

House Leaders Urge White House to Enhance Disaster Preparedness

PPE/masks Personal protective equipment like masks is essential for emergency response workers. (Cylonphoto/Getty Images)

With wildfire and hurricane season underway, a trio of top House Democrats called on the White House to update its plans for responding to natural disasters during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 20, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Lumileds Adds New Line of Truck Headlight Bulbs

Philips bulb Philips

Lumileds Holdings announced a new line of Philips MasterDuty headlight bulbs for Classes 2-8 commercial vehicles.

July 20, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Virtual Summit to Focus on Truck Safety

Trucks 3dan3/Getty Images

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a virtual trucking safety summit Aug. 5 to solicit ideas and information on improving the safe operation of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles on the nation’s roadways.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 20, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

Trailer Makers Anticipate Rebound After Fleets Recover From Pandemic

Hyundai Translead manufacturing plant A Hyundai Translead manufacturing plant. Before the pandemic, the trailer manufacturer already was expecting the overall market to be down from last year. (Hyundai)

The trailer industry was forced to make further production cuts and alter manufacturing processes as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
July 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Demand for Virtual Training Accelerates During Pandemic

virtual technician training Virtual learning works both for in-house and third-party training. (Design Interactive)

The pandemic is accelerating the transition to virtual learning for truck technicians, and the industry might never turn back.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
July 17, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Study: Training Helps Younger Drivers Stay as Safe as Those Retiring

Student driver in truck with trainer A student trains behind the wheel with his instructor. The VTTI study found “no safety-based reason not to use younger drivers when structured training, mentoring and coaching systems are in place.” (Roadmaster Drivers School)

A study commissioned by FMCSA found "no safety-based reason not to use younger drivers" to help fill the void left by retiring older drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

House Transportation Panel Advances Water Infrastructure Bill

Flooded road bridge in Michigan A collapsed road bridge in Michigan. The bill promotes weather resiliency. (Emily Elconin/Bloomberg)

Legislation that would advance construction of certain freight projects and promote resilience across myriad water systems was easily approved July 15 by the transportation committee at the U.S. House of Representatives.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 16, 2020
Government, Safety

FAA’s Failure to Cull Bad Pilots Cited in Fatal Atlas Crash

A plane silhouetted in the sky. A plane silhouetted in the sky. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News)

The fatal crash of a cargo plane last year was caused in part by the failure of the U.S. federal government to establish a reliable system of weeding out unqualified airline pilots, investigators concluded.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
July 14, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Trucking Freight Increases 3% Year-Over-Year, ATA Report Says

Trucks Trucks on a highway. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The trucking industry collectively moved 11.84 billion tons of freight in 2019, according to American Trucking Associations’ annual data compendium — ATA American Trucking Trends 2020 — which was released July 13. That figure is a 3% year-over-year increase from 2018’s 11.49 tons of freight.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
July 14, 2020

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