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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, Technology, Safety

Cops in Indiana Have a Reputation for Having No Mercy on Speeders

Indiana State Police officer on motorcycle Elvert Barnes/Flickr

It’s not a closely guarded secret in trucking that if you speed on Indiana interstates, you risk getting pulled over by a state trooper. It’s been that way for a long time, according to Steve Bryan, president of data-crunching firm Vigillo.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

New TMC Chairman Kenneth Calhoun Takes Reins, Thanks Predecessor

Kenneth Calhoun Calhoun (left) and Harris. (John Sommers for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Kenneth Calhoun is the new chairman of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council, taking over the one-year leadership position at TMC’s closing banquet dinner during its annual meeting on March 20.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

TMC Honors Technicians, Executives as Industry Leaders

TMC The TMC of Tomorrow Leadership Development Program class. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Several trucking industry leaders were honored at American Trucking Associations’ 2019 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting awards lunch on March 20.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 20, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Rail Closures Disrupt Livestock Feed Supplies for California Farms

Union Pacific Train TT File Photo

Some farms, dairies and feed companies in the San Joaquin Valley of California are facing shortages of livestock feed supplies after deadly river flooding in the Midwest closed major railroad shipping corridors in recent days.

Tim Sheehan | The Fresno, Calif. Bee
March 20, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

America’s Farmers Call for Help as Debts Climb to 1980s Levels

Farmers (Pamphlets offered by during meetings at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Loganville, Wis. (Lauren Justice/Bloomberg News)

The worst agricultural downturn since the 1980s is taking its toll on the emotional well-being of American farmers. In Kentucky, Montana and Florida, operators at Farm Aid’s hotline have seen a doubling of contacts for everything from financial counseling to crisis assistance.

Mario Parker | Bloomberg News
March 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Wabash Commercial Trailer Segment Uses Technology and Dealers to Remain Vital

Wabash Smith (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Wabash National Corp. is diversifying from the dry van business, a recent Investors Day presentation made clear. But at the same time, the company’s commercial trailer products segment is gaining dealers and pushing ahead with new designs.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Lion Sets Class 8 Electric Truck Production for Fall

Lion The Lion8 (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — The Lion Electric Co. wants to demystify electric commercial vehicles for its customers.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Yokohama Introduces Two Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires

Yokohama Yokohama 712L tire (Yokohama Tire)

ATLANTA — Yokohama Tire debuted two new SmartWay-verified, low-rolling-resistance tires at American Trucking Associations’ 2019 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting here March 19.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
March 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

House Republicans Push for Action on Self-Driving Vehicles Bill

Waymo autonomous vehicle sensor Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News

Three Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are ready to re-legislate on the technology for self-driving vehicles. And, to do so, they are asking the chamber’s new Democratic leadership to proceed with a bill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Ex-Alabama Trooper Admits Hacking Into FMCSA Database

FMCSA database was hacked by former Alabama trooper Getty Images with inset logo via FMCSA

A former Alabama state trooper has pleaded guilty to hacking into the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s computer databases, gaining access to sensitive data using credentials he obtained while working for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 19, 2019

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