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Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Industry Comment on Several Potential HOS Changes

HOS Changes Martinez (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials have issued a proposal that seeks comment on several possible changes to the agency’s hours-of-service rule, ranging from how to increase driver or workday time in adverse driving conditions to revising the current mandatory 30-minute driver break after eight hours of continuous driving.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 21, 2018
Business, Safety

ATRI Launches Industry Issues Survey

Driver in cab interior The driver shortage was No. 1 in last year's survey. (John Ballance)

Trucking industry representatives now can submit their concerns to the American Transportation Research Institute. The nonprofit research organization launched its 2018 Top Industry Issues Survey on Aug. 21.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Why Future Vehicles Are More Likely to Be Painted Light Colors

Future Vehicles A white Google autonomous car. (Getty Images)

Henry Ford famously said a customer can have a car in “any color that he wants, as long as it is black.” But black on self-driving cars could be deadly.

Jamie L. LaReau | Detroit Free Press
August 21, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

US Army Corps of Engineers Endorses Plan to Deepen Lower Mississippi River

Deepen Lower Mississippi River Port New Orleans

A long-discussed plan to deepen the lower Mississippi River by another five feet to accommodate larger ships has won a critical endorsement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which foresees nearly $110 million in annual net economic benefits to the project.

Richard Thompson | The (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate
August 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, TCA

Carmakers Struggle to Hire White Hat Hackers

White Hat Hackers baranozdemir/Getty Images

McConnell Trapp has a special set of skills. He can hack into cars and control aspects of them from his computer.

Jamie L. LaReau | Detroit Free Press
August 20, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

After 60 Years, I-95 Is Complete

I-95 A sign in Delaware indicating a path to I-95. (formulanone/Flickr)

Across the United States, public infrastructure is crumbling because of legislative gridlock and chronic underfunding. Roads are overcrowded, bridges are well past their expiration date and transit systems regularly face unprecedented delays. But there will be one thing to celebrate as you seethe in beach traffic this weekend—a small, strange gap in I-95 is being filled.

Riley Griffin | Bloomberg News
August 20, 2018
Safety, Logistics, Top 100, Opinion

Examining Sources of Driver Stress

The lifestyle of a truck driver can take a toll on emotional and physical health. Recent ATA statistics showed driver turnover rates in excess of 90% last year. (Getty Images)

In a 2017 study, researchers asked truck drivers about the profession. Here's what they learned, and how it could impact the future.

Stephanie Thomas | Clinical Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, University of Arkansas
August 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Orchestrating the Supply Chain

Flatbed truck carrying lumber. A flatbed truck carries lumber. (TT File Photo)

An increasingly constrained freight market is ratcheting up the pressure on shippers to improve the performance of their supply chains and make better use of the limited hauling capacity of their own private fleets and for-hire carriers.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
August 20, 2018
Business, Safety

Jeremy Usener of Texas Named NAIC Top Inspector at CVSA Competition

Texas' Jeremy Usener is NAIC Grand Champion Texas' Jeremy Usener is NAIC Grand Champion (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jeremy Usener of the Texas Department of Public Safety has been crowned Grand Champion of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s North American Inspectors Championship for 2018.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2018
Business, Safety

Colorado’s Eric Damon of FedEx Express Crowned Step Van Grand Champion

Colorado's Eric Damon of FedEx Express with Step Van trophy Colorado's Eric Damon of FedEx Express with Step Van trophy (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — FedEx Express’ Eric Damon was crowned the Grand Champion step van driver at the National Step Van Driving Championships Aug. 18.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2018

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