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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

Transportation Agencies Reopen After Truce Ends Historic Shutdown

Trump Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS

The truce between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump on Jan. 25 halting the longest federal government shutdown in history meant more than 16,000 staffers at the U.S. Department of Transportation will no longer be furloughed.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

During Shutdown, NTSB Didn’t Send Investigators to Many Fatal Accidents

NTSB NTSB investigator Robert Squire supervises the downloading of critical data from the truck involved in a bridge collapse in Mount Vernon, Wash., in 2016. (NTSB)

The National Transportation Safety Board said that during the 35-day partial government shutdown it was unable to dispatch investigators to multiple instances of fatal accidents.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 28, 2019

2019 State Truck Driving Championships Schedule

Driver inspects truck A driver inspects his vehicle during NTDC 2018. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The road to the 2019 National Truck Driving Championships begins March 29-30 when Louisiana becomes the first state to hold its event. See the 2019 schedule.

Transport Topics
January 28, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Straightening the Sheet Metal

Semi Wreck Getty Images

So, you just got the call that your brand-new “was-­supposed-to-last-for-a-decade” Class 8 tractor slid off into the ditch. The decisions that you make during the repair cycle for that truck may be just as important as those you made in buying it.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
January 25, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Diesel Engine, Drivetrain Spec’ing Prove Crucial

Careful attention to diesel engine and drivetrain spec’ing is essential to ensure that Class 8 trucks have the highest productivity and lowest cost per mile for their specific applications.

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
January 25, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

The Savings of Truck Safety Technology

The rising cost of maintenance for Class 8 trucks needs to be weighed against safety and operational benefits, according to a recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
January 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Testing Fuel-Saving Technologies

Fuel-Saving Technologies Ron Hall, vice president of equipment and fuel at C.R. England, says he assigns little weight to fuel-savings claims by manufacturers and suppliers. (C.R. England)

As fleets know, many variables can affect test results for truck fuel-saving technologies and practices.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
January 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Keeping an Eye on Truck Parts and Safety

The new year has arrived, and so has this first-quarter 2019 issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update. The two cover stories of this E&MU reflect in-depth features on timely issues and news developments that likely are to be of interest to those operating in the realm of trucking equipment and maintenance.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
January 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Fleets Eye Camera Systems to Replace Mirrors

Interior cab with MirrorEye The cab shows the MirrorEye side-view displays and its look-down display above the windshield. (Stoneridge Inc.)

Camera monitor systems designed to replace a truck’s conventional side mirrors are getting favor­able reviews from drivers, according to exec­utives at fleets that are testing the new technology, which also recently received a nod of approval from federal regulators.

Bruce Lilly | Contributing Writer
January 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

CVSA: Mirrors Have Role in Roadside Inspections

CVSA inspection An officer conducts a roadside inspection. (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

Camera monitoring systems promise to improve highway safety by giving truck drivers better visibility around the outside of the truck, but removing the mirrors could force highway safety inspectors to change their practices, according to the executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Bruce Lilly | Contributing Writer
January 25, 2019