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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, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA OKs Stoneridge Camera System as Alternative to Mirrors

Stoneridge booth at TMC 2018 John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 26 announced it has issued a five-year exemption to Stoneridge Inc. to allow its aftermarket MirrorEye mirrorless digital camera and sensor system to be installed on trucks and motorcoaches as an alternative to traditional mirrors.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Opinion

Opinion: The Benefits of a Data-Driven Supply Chain

Methods such as Statistical Process Control, Lean and Six Sigma have been in use for decades, helping manufacturers maximize the efficiency and reliability of their processes. But when it comes to complex, global supply chains, a lack of data has limited the effectiveness of these tools.

Dagny Dukach | Director of Marketing, Tive Inc.
December 27, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Report: US Miscalculated Benefit of Better Train Brakes

BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil near Wolf Point, Mont. A BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil near Wolf Point, Mont. (Matthew Brown/AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. — President Donald Trump’s administration miscalculated the potential benefits of putting better brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it scrapped an Obama-era rule over cost concerns, The Associated Press has found. A government analysis used to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in estimated future damages from train derailments that could be avoided by using electronic brakes.

Matthew Brown | Associated Press
December 27, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Drug Use Increases for Workers in Transportation, Warehousing Sector

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Drug use by workers in five sectors of the U.S. economy — including the transportation/warehousing sector — showed significant increases from 2015 to 2017, according to a new analysis of more than 10 million urine drug test results nationally by drug testing firm Quest Diagnostics.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 27, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Funding Negotiations Persist as Congress Looks to Avoid Partial Shutdown

Partial Shutdown The Capitol Building and Capitol Christmas Tree. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

With just days to go before Christmas, funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation and other agencies remained uncertain as President Donald Trump continued to push for robust funding for a wall along the border he said Mexico would pay for.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 20, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Fired Truck Driver Sues Cannabidiol Company After Using Product

Cannabidiol A technician performs a drug test. (Thinkstock)

While 33 states allow the use of medical marijuana and 10 states permit possession and recreational use of pot, for truck drivers there is but one law: Don’t use it. Period.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 20, 2018
Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Ozark Motor Lines Raises Pay as Trucker Shortage Creates Worker Demand

Ozark Motor Lines John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Two motor carriers are closing out the year with pay increases for drivers, capping off a 2018 trend that saw many fleets boost compensation in order to attract and retain drivers.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
December 19, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Frozen Road Rules Start to Take Hold, Allowing for Heavier Truckloads

Frozen Road Rules Truck on a Wisconsin road. (Wisconsin Department of Transportation)

Roads in certain portions of Midwestern states can accommodate heavier truckloads as seasonal weight increases gradually take effect.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 18, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Werner Driver Quinton Ward Wins Driving for Excellence Award

Werner driver Quinton Ward and ATA President Chris Spear Werner driver Quinton Ward (left) and ATA President Chris Spear by Dan Ronan/Transport Topics

Quinton Ward of New Orleans, who served five years in the U.S. Army until he was injured and received an Honorable Discharge, is the winner of the 2018 Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Program.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 14, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Funding Plan Starts With Open Dialogue

In the news business, if journalists believe a story has some long-term relevance, we say the story “has legs.” The term is meant to suggest that a topic could carry forward for a while, or that an article could be published at a later date, since the content has lesser risk of growing stale.

Transport Topics
December 13, 2018