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A Year of Pandemic: Number of Roadside Inspections Fell

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“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’

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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

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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

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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
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Begins Large-Truck Crash Causal Factors Study

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Federal trucking regulators are progressing on plans for a $30 million Large-Truck Crash Causal Factors study intended to gather new critical information and data in an effort to reduce crashes nationwide.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 18, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Wisconsin DOT Issues Funds to Support County Forest Roads

Wisconsin A county forest road in Douglas County. (Wisconsin Department of Transportation)

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recently distributed funds to improve public roads that run through county forests.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 16, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NHTSA to Investigate Tesla Crash With Tractor-Trailer

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DETROIT — The U.S. government’s highway safety agency is sending a team to Detroit to investigate a crash involving a Tesla that drove beneath a semitrailer.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 16, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Senators Introduce Trucking Workforce Legislation

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Legislation aimed at training drivers younger than 21 to drive trucks across state lines was recently unveiled by a group of senators.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 15, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety

Carriers Use Pre-Planning to Help Drivers Secure Truck Parking

Row of parked trucks Trucks parked at a truck stop. (Peggy Smith/Transport Topics)

Trucking companies are addressing the parking shortage in multiple ways, including advance planning, using technology to access real-time information on parking availability, or even embracing paid reservations for parking spaces or hotel rooms to make it easier for drivers to shut down for the night.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
March 15, 2021

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