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CVSA Roadcheck Shows 20.9% Vehicle Out-of-Service Rate

CVSA A Virginia State Police Officer performs a safety inspection on a truck's brakes. (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance)

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s three-day International Roadcheck event resulted in an overall vehicle out-of-service rate of 20.9% in North America. That marks an increase from 17.9% recorded last year.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 17, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Final Rule Adds Flexibility to CDL Skills Testing

CDL A student driver is evaluated. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a final rule to increase flexibility in the commercial driver license skills test process.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 17, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Beats Detroit Rivals by Almost Two Years on Brake Safety

Tesla logo on wheel hub Tesla logo on the wheel hub of a Tesla Model S electric vehicle. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News)

Tesla is the lone U.S. automaker to meet a commitment to equip all its models with automatic emergency braking almost two years ahead of schedule.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
December 17, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

ASCE Gives Utah C+ on Infrastructure Report Card

Snowy Interstate 15 in Utah A look at snowy Interstate 15 in southern Utah. The state's roads earned a B+ on the report card. (Willowpix)

Utah earned a C+ on its most recent infrastructure report card, according to preliminary findings from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 17, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

First Hiccups Seen in US Push to Deliver COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine by Bloomberg News A member of the U.S. Navy prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego, on Dec. 15, 2020. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

The first hiccups in the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. included a holdup in delivering 3,900 shots to two states and the announcement that Pfizer Inc. would deliver almost a million fewer doses next week than are set to ship this week.

December 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Negotiators Near Agreement on Long-Delayed COVID-19 Aid Bill

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) by Associated Press Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) by Patrick Semansky/Associated Press

Top congressional leaders are closing in on an agreement on a long-delayed COVID-19 relief package, hoping to seal a deal as early as Dec. 16.

Andrew Taylor | Associated Press
December 16, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Drones Could Help Bridge the Economic, Social Divides for Vaccine Distribution

Drone in the air Drones could be used to get the COVID-19 vaccines to remote and impoverished areas off Florida's coast. (Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg News)

The challenge of ensuring equitable distribution of the coronavirus vaccine is one of global scale, and the city of Miami provides a backdrop for the social and economic divides that the medical community must overcome.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
December 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FRA Final Rule Requires State Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Plans

Truck at rail crossing Kansas Department of Transportation

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a final rule requiring states to develop, or in some cases, update action plans for highway-rail grade crossings.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 15, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Trucking Seeks Liability Protections as Congress Debates New COVID-19 Aid

Truck driver wearing mask A truck driver wears a mask. American Trucking Associations in a Dec. 11 letter asked congressional leaders to include provisions on the matter of liability protection for truckers. (andresr/Getty Images)

As lawmakers work on legislation that will provide additional relief funds to the transportation sector, the trucking industry is asking Congress to include provisions that ensure liability protection for motor carriers on the front lines of the coronavirus relief effort.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 15, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Trucks Carry First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine to Hospitals Across the US

UPS truck leaves Pfizer A UPS truck loaded with COVID-19 vaccine leaves the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant on Dec. 13. (Morry Gash/Pool/Associated Press)

As the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine begin to ship, trucking experts on the ground level of the distribution effort said the logistical elements are in place for a successful rollout of an estimated 50 million doses of the vaccine between now and the end of January.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 15, 2020

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