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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.

Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Midwest Floods Deliver Another Economic Blow to Farmers

flooding Floodwaters surround corn sitting under a collapsed grain bins in this aerial photograph over Pacific Junction, Iowa (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Chad Korth’s Nebraska farm mostly was unscathed from the catastrophic floods that inundated nearby fields thanks to being positioned atop a hill. But as the waters recede, he’s not expecting to be spared the financial blow that’s hitting the region.

Mario Parker | Bloomberg News
March 26, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

U.S. Chamber (Again) Pledges to Support Hill Proponents of Fuel Tax Increase

Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue will advocate for members of Congress who step up in support of a fuel tax hike to pay for infrastructure costs. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce via YouTube)

To those members of Congress who support raising the federal fuel tax, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants them to know they have its support. Here's your Capitol Agenda look ahead at the week for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

Volvo Unveils Parameter Plus Updates

Parameter Plus The new Parameter Plus package leverages Volvo’s factory-built embedded telematics platform and allows over-the-air updates to be completed during a short meal or operational break virtually anywhere cellular connection is available. (Volvo Trucks)

Volvo Trucks announced its Parameter Plus package, which allows for up to 50 parameter updates over-the-air annually per covered vehicle.

March 25, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Cooper Launches Pro Series Steer Tire

Cooper LHS tire Cooper Tire

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced a longhaul steer tire as part of its Pro Series product line. The tire joins the Pro Series longhaul drive tire it introduced last year.

March 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Bendix Launches Program to Retrofit Safety Systems

Bendix logo on tanker Bendix

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announced that several of its safety technologies are for the first time available through retrofits.

March 25, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Spring Floods Threaten Most of Continental US

flooding Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The deluge that devastated so much of the Midwest over the last week could be a preview for one of the worst years for flooding in the United States, according to federal weather officials.

Brian K. Sullivan | Bloomberg News
March 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

New TMC Chairman Kenneth Calhoun Aims to Bolster Technician Recruiting, Training

Kenneth Calhoun Calhoun has about 30 years of experience in the trucking industry. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Advancing the Technology & Maintenance Council’s efforts to address the trucking industry’s technician shortage and enhancing education and training for entry-level workers are among the top priorities for Kenneth Calhoun, the council’s new general chairman and treasurer.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Mining Data to Cover More Miles

The importance of mining repair data for information that can help improve the performance of motor carriers’ equipment was a continuous message during presentations at the annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations recently from companies across the spectrum of industry suppliers. They either introduced or updated products designed to wring more efficiencies out of freight operations.

Transport Topics
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

Fleets Credit Safety Systems, Video With Reducing Crashes, Claims

Rick Reinoehl Rick Reinoehl addresses the crowd at TMC. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Active safety technologies such as collision mitigation and lane departure warnings have proved effective at preventing crashes, but proper maintenance and driver training are necessary to get the most out of these systems, fleet executives and suppliers said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 21, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

Congress Returns to Debate Infrastructure, Fiscal 2020 Funding, Nominees

Fiscal 2020 Funding DeFazio (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Policymakers make their way back to Capitol Hill after a weeklong spring recess to continue to stitch together the provisions for a comprehensive infrastructure bill they want to pass by August.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2019