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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

Soot-Filter Makers Say Units Will Be Ready for Reefers Ahead of Calif. Retrofit Deadline

By Andrea Fischer, Staff Reporter

This story appears in the June 25 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.

June 25, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Ala. Court Overturns Truck Tax Assessed for In-State Use

An Alabama appeals court ruled Friday that a trucking company with headquarters in the state should not have been required to pay more than $900,000 in state use tax for trucks that were originally delivered to a terminal in Ohio, a state appeals court ruled Friday, the Associated Press reported.

Transport Topics
June 25, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Equipment

OEMs Promote Disc Brakes as 2007 Option

Class 8 truck makers said they are offering electronically controlled air disc brakes as an option in 2007 models, promoting them as safer and easier to maintain than the drum brakes most U.S. heavy trucks use.

June 25, 2007
Business, Safety

Large Truckload Turnover Rate Rises

Driver turnover at large truckload carriers climbed to its highest point in more than a year, rising six percentage points to an annualized rate of 127% in the first quarter, American Trucking Associations said.

June 25, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

N.Y.C. Fee Plan on Hold

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

(Click here to write a Letter to the Editor.) New York state lawmakers are bucking at a plan backed by both Gov. Eliot Spitzer and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for new “congestion fees” on cars and trucks that operate in the heart of the city during peak business hours, news reports said Friday.

Transport Topics
June 22, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Senate Passes Energy Bill

The Senate passed a comprehensive energy bill late Thursday that raises average auto fuel efficiency standards, but the measure did not include a tax on oil companies that would have boosted alternative fuel development, Agence France-Press reported.

Transport Topics
June 22, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

CTA Cites Border Concerns

Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

The Canadian Trucking Alliance said it sees some positives in the U.S. cross-border passport rules, but still has concerns about the implications for cross-border truck traffic between the United States and Canada.

Transport Topics
June 22, 2007
Business, Safety

Rail, Intermodal Levels Fall

Tom Biery/Trans Pixs

Rail carload and intermodal freight fell for the week ended Saturday compared with a year ago, the Association of American Railroads said.

Transport Topics
June 21, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Passport Rule Pushed Back to 2008

The Bush administration will delay a rule that Americans must present passports when crossing the U.S. border by land or sea, the Associated Press reported.

Transport Topics
June 21, 2007
Business, Safety, Government

Coalition Criticizes FMCSA Over Mexican Trucks Plan

A coalition of groups led by Public Citizen and the Teamsters union said Wednesday that the Department of Transportation was ignoring federal safety laws in implementing a pilot program that would allow Mexican trucks to travel throughout the United States.

Transport Topics
June 20, 2007

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