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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.

Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Collision Mitigation Advances

Volvo interior False positives have been greatly reduced as the technology has improved, Volvo Trucks says. (Volvo Trucks)

Collision mitigation systems for trucks are becoming increasingly popular as they offer enhanced safety features, register fewer false activations and set the stage for increasing autonomous capabilities.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

The Analytical Dilemma

Does “old school” detective work still have a part in fleet maintenance programs today? TMC Technical Director Jack Legler gives his answer.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
November 9, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Indiana DOT Announces $100 Million for Local Roads

Indiana DOT Trucks on Interstate 65 in Jeffersonville, Ind. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Indiana Department of Transportation is dividing $100 million across 283 cities, towns and counties for local road projects.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Infrastructure: Let’s Make A Deal

With the midterm elections settled, now is an excellent time to begin working on legislation to fund the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

Transport Topics
November 8, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Top 100

Arkansas Sleeper Berth Case ‘an Outlier,’ Attorneys Say

Sleeper Berth Case A Freightliner Classic sleeper berth. (SelecTrucks)

A decision last month by a federal judge in Arkansas that truck drivers are entitled to compensation for time in the sleeper berth was preceded by two federal cases that resulted in legal rulings more favorable for carriers, including one that was affirmed by an appeals court.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety

ATRI Seeking Industry ELD Data for Future Research on HOS

ELD data A driver adjusts an ELD. (Teletrac Inc.)

The American Transportation Research Institute is asking fleets to provide data from their electronic logging devices to be used in confidential research for studying policy issues in trucking.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
November 8, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

California Trucking Group Sues State Over Contractor Test

Contractor Test Trucks on Interstate 905 in San Diego. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The California Trucking Association and two independent owner-operators are suing California over the state’s test to determine if a driver is an employee or a contractor.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

International Extends Commercial Truck Lineup With Classes 4-5 CV Series

Commercial Truck Lineup The CV Series family. (International Truck)

CHICAGO — International Truck, a unit of Navistar Inc., launched its International CV Series Nov. 7 by underscoring it is “the only” Classes 4-5 truck designed, distributed and supported by a manufacturer specializing in commercial vehicles.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 7, 2018
Government, Technology, Safety

Inspectors Take Nearly 5,000 CMVs Off the Road During Brake Safety Week

Brake Safety Week An officer performs an inspection during a previous Brake Safety Week. (CVSA)

Law enforcement personnel in 57 jurisdictions throughout the United States and Canada took nearly 5,000 commercial motor vehicles off the road for “critical brake violations” during a weeklong focused brake enforcement effort in September, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced Nov. 6.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Plans to Expand Off-Site Carrier Audits to All 50 States Over Next Year

FMCSA inspection Officers perform a roadside inspection. (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the next year plans to expand implementation of its “off-site safety audit” review process from 10 test states to all 50 states, officials said.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 6, 2018