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Government, Business, Safety

TWIC Contractor Under Fire for Leaving Callers on Hold

The call center run by the contractor responsible for overseeing the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program has delayed additional enrollments by leaving workers on hold for more than 20 minutes on average, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said.

June 11, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

DOT’s Freight Transport Index Rises Slightly

Tom Biery/Trans Pixs

The Department of Transportation’s freight transportation services index for April rose slightly from a year ago, but was unchanged from March, DOT said Wednesday.

June 11, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Fuel

Letters to the Editor: Fuel-Cost Crisis, Drug & Alcohol Testing, Trucker Pride

I joined the company where I work about three months ago, and one of my top-priority jobs has been fuel usage. We had to look at our idling time because all our trucks are sleepers and the drivers run in 48 states.

June 11, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

TWIC Machines Faulty, Lawmaker Says

Most of the machines that process the Transportation Worker Identification Credential cards are broken, according to a House lawmaker, the Associated Press reported.

June 11, 2008
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Extends CDL-Permit Comment Period to July 9

Bruce Andrew Peters for TT

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended a comment period for states to establish commercial learner’s permits by a month, to July 9.

June 11, 2008
Government, Business, Safety

ATA Petitions Against Boston Hazmat Rules

American Trucking Associations has asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to prevent changes Boston recently made to its hazardous materials routing designations and permitting process.

June 10, 2008
Government, Business, Safety

Teamsters Launch Carhaul Strike at PTS

Teamsters union members employed at car hauler Performance Transportation Services went on strike against the company Monday to enforce the union’s bargaining table demands, the union said.

June 10, 2008
Business, Safety, Technology, Equipment

GPS Market to Reach $240 Billion in Five Years, Report Says

Global Positioning System location-finding and navigation services are generating increasing revenue as the satellite-based technology is embedded in a wider range of mobile devices, according to a report from the European firm ABI Research.

June 9, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

Conn. Truck Inspections Drop 20%

Connecticut’s truck inspections fell 20% to about 18,600 in 2007, compared with a year earlier, the Hartford Courant reported.

June 9, 2008
Government, Business, Safety

I-5 Bridge Plan Approved in Oregon

The regional government of the Portland, Ore., area is backing a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River, the Associated Press reported.

June 9, 2008

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