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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, Safety

FHWA Sets Rule for Brighter Highway Signs

A new federal rule will require highway signs with brighter reflection, the Federal Highway Administration said Thursday.

December 27, 2007

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Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Proposes New CDL Requirements

Commercial driver licenses applicants would be required to complete classroom and behind-the-wheel training from an accredited program, under a proposed new federal rule announced Wednesday.

December 26, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Equipment

Letters to the Editor: CARB Reefer Rules, Old Trucks, Tires & Environment

Regarding your op-ed, “Dealing with California’s Reefer Rules," American Trucking Associations commends the efforts of the California Air Resources Board to conduct national outreach for the first time on its state regulation that will affect the nation’s refrigerated carriers.

December 26, 2007
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Oshkosh Truck Wins $179.3 Million Army Contract

Specialty truck maker Oshkosh Truck Corp. won a $179.3 million U.S. Army contract for heavy equipment mobility truck systems, Bloomberg reported.

December 26, 2007
Business, Government, Safety

Trucking in 2007 Faced Economic, Regulatory Challenges

Trucking faced challenges on all fronts in 2007 as credit woes curtailed economic activity, a federal appeals court overturned key provisions of rules governing driver hours and truck equipment suppliers endured another precipitous — but not unexpected — sales slump

December 24, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Lautenberg Pans Revised HOS; Advocacy Groups Go to Court

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s panel on surface transportation called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s revised hours-of-service rule “a sham,” while advocacy groups asked a federal court to once again overturn portions of the rule.

December 24, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Technology, Equipment

YRC Gains Labor Flexibility

On the heels of YRC Worldwide’s settlement with the Teamsters union on a new five-year labor contract with in-creased work-rule flexibility, ABF Freight System said it will offer an ambitious proposal to spend about $825 million to “withdraw from all of the 27 multi-employer pension plans to which we contribute.”

December 24, 2007
Business, Safety, Government to Close for Christmas

Transport Topics Online will be closed Wednesday through Friday for the Christmas holiday. Please check back on Monday, Dec. 29, for the latest trucking and freight transportation news.

December 23, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Public Citizen Sues Again Over HOS Rules

Safety advocates have again gone to court to try to block the Department of Transportation’s rule on truck driver hours of service, news reports said.

December 21, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

EU Seeking Truck Emissions Cuts

European truck makers would have to cut urban air pollution in the European Union as much as 80% under new draft EU rules that would move Europe closer to U.S. standards, Bloomberg reported Friday.

December 21, 2007