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Government, Business, Safety

Sen. Deb Fischer Again Introduces Livestock Hauling Bill

Livestock A livestock hauler on an Indiana interstate. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Legislation meant to enhance commercial operations for haulers of livestock and agricultural commodities was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 22, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Fleets’ Tire Choices Involve Many Factors

Yokohama tires Tires represent a major maintenance expense for trucking companies as they strive to manage such costs more effectively. (Yokohama)

Selecting the right tires for a trucking fleet’s specific application and business model is both a science and an art, with experience, industry know-how and common sense mixed in.

Jack Ferry | Special to Transport Topics
March 22, 2021
Government, Safety

Mississippi DOT’s Kim Thurman Wins AASHTO Award

AASHTO McGrath (left) presents Thurman with the award. (Mississippi DOT)

Kim Thurman, environmental director for the Mississippi Department of Transportation, has been recognized by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials for 25 years of service.

March 22, 2021
Business, Equipment, Safety

A Year of Pandemic: Commercial Vehicle Suppliers Kept Customers, Workforce in Mind

Four pandemic images Driver with mask by andresr/Getty Images (clockwise from top left); vaccine vial by Liam McBurney/Pool via AP; COVID-19 virus by Getty Images; UPS truck carrying vaccine at Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo by Morry Gash/Pool/Associated Press

It was crucial for commercial vehicle suppliers to be identified as essential while they tried to find their way through COVID-19 when it first spread a year ago and deepened afterward, an executive with a leading supplier trade group said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 22, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

A Year of Pandemic: Logistics Companies Adapted as Needed

Four pandemic images Driver with mask by andresr/Getty Images (clockwise from top left); vaccine vial by Liam McBurney/Pool via AP; COVID-19 virus by Getty Images; UPS truck carrying vaccine at Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo by Morry Gash/Pool/Associated Press

Logistics companies that diversified, were nimble and leveraged data-driven technologies had the best chance to continue operating throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
March 22, 2021
Business, Safety

A Year of Pandemic: Number of Roadside Inspections Fell

Four pandemic images Driver with mask by andresr/Getty Images (clockwise from top left); vaccine vial by Liam McBurney/Pool via AP; COVID-19 virus by Getty Images; UPS truck carrying vaccine at Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo by Morry Gash/Pool/Associated Press

“It was definitely a strange year for inspectors,” said Kerri Wirachowsky, director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s roadside inspection program. “In the beginning of the pandemic, a lot of agencies just stopped doing inspections completely, only stopping vehicles if they saw an imminent issue,” she said.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 22, 2021
Business, Safety

A Year of Pandemic: ATA President Spear Lauds Drivers as ‘Soldiers on the Front Lines’

Four pandemic images Driver with mask by andresr/Getty Images (clockwise from top left); vaccine vial by Liam McBurney/Pool via AP; COVID-19 virus by Getty Images; UPS truck carrying vaccine at Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo by Morry Gash/Pool/Associated Press

American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear acknowledged the adversity the industry faced during the historic year.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 22, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

A Year of Pandemic: Ports Battled COVID in 2020, and now Freight Crunch in 2021

Four pandemic images Driver with mask by andresr/Getty Images (clockwise from top left); vaccine vial by Liam McBurney/Pool via AP; COVID-19 virus by Getty Images; UPS truck carrying vaccine at Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo by Morry Gash/Pool/Associated Press

American Association of Port Authorities CEO Chris Connor told Transport Topics the biggest takeaway from the coronavirus pandemic is the essential nature of ports.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 22, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

A Year of Pandemic: Technology Key to States' Response

Four pandemic images Driver with mask by andresr/Getty Images (clockwise from top left); vaccine vial by Liam McBurney/Pool via AP; COVID-19 virus by Getty Images; UPS truck carrying vaccine at Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo by Morry Gash/Pool/Associated Press

Victoria Sheehan, president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, said technology made an important difference in state transportation departments’ pandemic operations.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 22, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

New Jersey DOT Announces $30.1 Million for Local Freight Improvements

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks at a press conference pre-pandemic. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced $30.1 million has been awarded to counties and municipalities for projects meant to facilitate the safe movement of heavy truck traffic.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 19, 2021

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