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Swift Transportation Deploys SmartDrive Across Fleet

Swift Transportation truck John Sommers II for Transport Topics

SmartDrive is deploying its video-based safety program across Swift Transportation’s entire fleet, the company announced June 16.

June 25, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Economy Recovering, but Experts Fear Rise in Coronavirus Cases

Truck on road with sunrise behind it Will the coronavirus shut the economy back down just as it is getting restarted? (helivideo/Getty Images)

Experts are warning that signs of improvement in the U.S. economy could give way to another round of contractions as coronavirus cases increase in certain states.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
June 25, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

House Panel Approves Amendment to Raise Minimum Liability Insurance for Carriers to $2 Million

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A measure that would increase from $750,000 to $2 million the minimum liability insurance requirement for commercial motor vehicles was approved by a House panel and included in a recent highway funding bill.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 25, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

US Regulators Order New Fix for Grounded Boeing Max Planes

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 Max lands in Everett, Wash., on March 23. An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 Max lands in Everett, Wash., on March 23. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

U.S. safety officials will require all Boeing 737 Max airliners to be inspected for a manufacturing defect on engine coverings that they say could lead to loss of power during flights.

June 24, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

China’s Virus-Safety Demand Is Latest Hurdle to Trade Deal

A crane loads a container onto a tractor-trailer truck at the Yangshan Deepwater Port in China on March 23. A crane loads a container onto a tractor-trailer truck at the Yangshan Deepwater Port in China on March 23. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

China wants international shippers of meat and soybeans to sign a document attesting their cargoes meet safety standards to ensure they aren’t contaminated with the novel coronavirus.

June 24, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

American Air Pilots Want US to Buy Seats for Distancing

Passengers wear protective masks on an American Airlines flight departing from Los Angeles on June 13. Passengers wear protective masks on an American Airlines flight departing from Los Angeles on June 13. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

American Airlines Group Inc.’s pilots are calling on the U.S. government to pay for enough jetliner seats to enable social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mary Schlangenstein | Bloomberg News
June 24, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Americans Are Avoiding Stores Again in New Virus Hot Spots

A customer browses shoes at a store in Coral Gables, Fla., on May 18. A customer browses shoes at a store in Coral Gables, Fla., on May 18. (Jayme Gershen/Bloomberg News)

While evidence of a virus-sparked consumer pullback is largely anecdotal for now, it would be a setback for a U.S. economy that has just started to perk up, with retail sales jumping to a record in May.

June 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Starsky Robotics Founder Discusses Future of Autonomous Trucking

Starsky Robotics autonomous truck A Starsky Robotics autonomous truck. (Starsky Robotics via YouTube)

Automated technology developers are shooting for the moon when they could instead be implementing ground-level initiatives in trucking, the founder of Starsky Robotics says.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
June 24, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Nuclear Jury Awards Against Truckers on the Rise, ATRI Study Shows

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In the past five years there were nearly 300 court cases resulting in jury verdicts over $1 million against trucking fleets, according to a new American Transportation Research Institute analysis made public on June 23.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 24, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

IMF Downgrades Outlook for Global Economy in Face of Virus

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF, is seen during a session on the first day of the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 14. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF, is seen during a session on the first day of the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 14. (Jens Meyer/Associated Press)

The International Monetary Fund has sharply lowered its forecast for global growth this year because it envisions far more severe economic damage from the coronavirus than it did just two months ago.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
June 24, 2020

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