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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, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Gov. Bruce Rauner Establishes ‘Autonomous Illinois’ Initiative

Traffic heading into downtown Chicago Traffic heads into downtown Chicago. (Shutterstock)

Gov. Bruce Rauner has directed the Illinois Department of Transportation to establish the “Autonomous Illinois” initiative with the goal of providing a venue to research and test emerging safety technologies.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Proposed Colorado Projects Could Ease Flow of Freight

Colorado Projects Traffic backs up on Interstate 70 near Silvethorne, Colo. (Thomas Peipert/Associated Press)

Although the Colorado Motor Carriers Association is publicly neutral on Propositions 109 and 110, Vice President Patti Gillette acknowledges that the projects recommended would ease congestion and improve safety.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

California Trucking Chief: Freight Projects Could Be Hurt by Fuel Tax Hike Repeal

Fuel Tax Hike Repeal Containerships dock at the Port of Los Angeles. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg News)

Repealing the fuel tax hike enacted last year as part of the Road Repair and Accountability Act would mean stripping funding for key projects along some of California’s most important freight corridors, according to California Trucking Association CEO Shawn Yadon.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Transportation Funding Questions to Appear on State Midterm Ballots

Transportation Funding Questions Traffic sits on Interstate 5 in Sacramento, Calif. (Max Whittaker/Bloomberg News)

As midterm elections draw near, voters in several states will face ballot questions related to transportation revenue at the polls Nov. 6.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Infrastructure Failing as Funding Remains Elusive, Experts Say

Infrastructure Failing Crete's Tonn Ostergard (left), ATRI's Rebecca Brewster and ATA's Bob Costello address the crowd during an education session. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — The Highway Trust Fund, struggling to stay relevant amid a shifting transportation environment, can be fixed with more money flowing in from fuel sales, trucking industry experts said as they advocated for repairing and expanding the nation’s infrastructure.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

EPA Honors 21 ATA Members With SmartWay Excellence Awards

AUSTIN, Texas — Twenty-one American Trucking Associations members received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Excellence Award.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Marijuana Legalization Poses Perplexing Issue for Industry

ATA's Abigail Potter ATA's Abigail Potter by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

AUSTIN, Texas ­— There is a great unknown for how federal and state enforcement authorities as well as trucking companies will come to grips with the proliferation of state laws permitting medical and recreational use of marijuana, a panel of trucking executives said.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 28, 2018
Government, Safety

Industry Comments Lean Toward Adjusting HOS Rules, FMCSA's Jim Mullen Notes

FMCSA Chief Counsel Jim Mullen Chief Counsel Jim Mullen address attendees during an FMCSA session at MCE on Oct. 28. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — Jim Mullen, chief counsel for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, indicated that the bulk of the more than 5,000 online comments the agency received regarding potential changes to hours-of-service rules supported tweaking the regulations to increase flexibility.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ATA Honors Industry Champions, Leaders at MCE

2019 LEAD ATA class Members of the 2019 LEAD ATA class were introduced at the awards banquet Oct. 28. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — American Trucking Associations recognized champions from recent industry events, trucking companies focused on safety, emerging leaders and state trucking association executives during its annual Leadership and Awards Luncheon.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 28, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA’s Ray Martinez Indicates Concern Over California’s Meal, Rest Break Rule

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

AUSTIN, Texas — As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prepares to evaluate comments related to California’s meal-and-rest-break requirements, its administrator expressed concern over the state’s rules, which differ from federal regulations.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 28, 2018

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