Safety

Business, Safety, Government

FMCSA Fails to Issue Maximum Fines For High-Risk Carriers, GAO Says

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is doing a good job of targeting carriers that pose the highest risk of accidents, but fails to follow a 1999 law requiring that maximum fines be given to the most serious safety violators, a new government report said.

September 26, 2007
Business, Safety, Government

August Tonnage Rises 0.9%

American Trucking Associations’ August for-hire truck tonnage index rose 0.9% from a year ago but dipped 0.8% from July, ATA said Tuesday.

Transport Topics
September 25, 2007
Business, Safety, Government

N.J. Freight Plan Calls for Road, Rail, Shipping Improvements

A New Jersey Department of Transportation plan released Tuesday recommends improvements in the state’s roadways and other freight passages to maximize the economic benefits of more efficient freight movement.

Transport Topics
September 25, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Truck Idling Limits Increasing Nationwide

Truck idling limits in Rhode Island, New Jersey and California are the newest restrictions in a growing list of regional regulations, according to a recent report published by the American Transportation Research Institute.

September 24, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Volvo’s North American Deliveries Drop

Volvo AB said its heavy truck deliveries for the first eight months of the year fell 4.4% worldwide, while North American deliveries plunged, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Transport Topics
September 24, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Supports ATA Motion on Hours-of-Service Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration filed a memorandum with a court in Washington Friday strongly supporting American Trucking Associations’ request that the court’s vacating of provisions of truck driver hours-of-service rules be stayed pending reconsideration by the agency.

Transport Topics
September 24, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Driving Hours Remain in Effect

The current truck-driver hours-of-service rules — allowing 11 hours of driving and restarting a week after 34 hours of rest — are likely to remain in place for at least several more weeks.

September 24, 2007
Business, Safety

2Q Truckload Driver Turnover Rates Fall

Driver turnover at large truckload carriers fell 11 percentage points to an annualized rate of 116% in the second quarter, compared with the previous three months, American Trucking Associations reported.

September 24, 2007
Business, Safety, Government

Five Indiana Counties to Switch Time Zones, DOT Says

Five counties in southwestern Indiana will switch from Central to Eastern time beginning Nov. 4, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.

Transport Topics
September 21, 2007
Business, Safety, Government

Fed Action Boosts Transport Stocks

Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

The Federal Reserve’s rate cut this week helped transportation industry stocks, as the broader economy needed a boost to help soften the slowdown that is projected to last through the first half of 2008, according to American Trucking Associations’ Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Transport Topics
September 19, 2007

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