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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

ATA Testifies in Support of Hours-of-Service Rule

American Trucking Associations testified Wednesday before a Senate subcommittee in support of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s hours-of-service rule, but two groups opposing the regulation challenged the agency.

December 19, 2007

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Government, Business, Safety

Final Rule on EOBRs Expected in New Year, FMCSA’s Hill Says

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish its final rule on electronic onboard recorders during 2008, Administrator John Hill said.

December 19, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Editorial: Reaffirming the HOS Rules

Kudos to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for reaffirming its new hours-of-service rules for commercial drivers and removing much of the uncertainty that has hung over these rules since the recent court action vacating portions of it.

December 19, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

DOT Seeks Technology to Improve Safety, Reduce Congestion

The Department of Transportation said Tuesday it is asking private industry, research organizations, and state and local governments for commercially available technology to fight congestion and improve the safety within the U.S. transportation system.

December 19, 2007
Government, Business, Fuel, Safety

Long Beach Approves Cargo Fee

The Port of Long Beach, Calif., Harbor Commission approved a $1.6 billion tax on cargo Monday to combat air pollution and clear the way for expansion projects, the Los Angeles Times reported.

December 18, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Smith to Build Electric Trucks in U.S.

Smith Electric Vehicles said it plans to establish a factory in the United States to produce up to 10,000 battery-powered trucks a year, starting in 2010.

December 17, 2007
Business, Logistics, Safety

Ontario Issuing High-Tech Licenses

The Canadian province of Ontario has issued 15,000 new high-tech driver licenses to help combat identity theft, the Associated Press reported.

December 17, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Keeps HOS Rule Intact

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in a long-awaited response to a ruling striking down key portions of its driver hours-of-service regulation, said it would continue allowing drivers 11 hours behind the wheel daily and letting them reset the weekly limit after a 34-hour break.

December 17, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Trailer Registrations Down 24.7%

Truck trailer sales and production continued to lag through the third quarter, with U.S. registrations of new units down 24.7%, year-over-year, and the decline of industrywide production levels accelerating.

December 17, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Truck Fatality Rate Falls in ’06

The number of people killed in large-truck crashes for every mile driven and the rate of fatal crashes involving large trucks fell to all-time lows in 2006, according to a Transport Topics analysis of data from the Department of Transportation.

December 17, 2007