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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

Some Firms Cut New-Driver Pay as Freight Demand Stays Low

Some truckload fleets said they are selectively cutting driver pay for the first time in years to counter cost pressures as the recession dries up freight demand.

February 23, 2009
Business, Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

State Registration Fee Plan Would Double Fleet Charges

State truck registration fees would more than double under a proposal being prepared for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration under a two-year-old system Congress set up to reduce fees for for-hire carriers.

February 23, 2009
Government, Business, Safety

Government Raises Presence During Recession

ORLANDO, Fla. — With the United States in a recession, the federal government is commanding a larger presence, two business lobbyists said, and while that does bring with it the potential for trouble, many executives at a manufacturers’ conference here welcomed the potential for help.

February 23, 2009
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

California Finishing Plans to Issue Vouchers to Help Small Carriers Buy Cleaner Vehicles

California environmental regulators are drawing up plans to issue vouchers as early as this spring to small fleets to help them pay for replacing old trucks with units carrying a 2007 or newer diesel engine.

February 23, 2009
Letters to the Editor, Business, Safety, Government

Letters: Back to Basics; Snow Removal Fines; Government Stimulus

Listening to the television pundits trying to divine the future of our economy, I am not unlike millions of people worldwide. We are all watching Washington, waiting for a panacea to the economic woes.

February 20, 2009
Business, Safety, Government

LaHood to Consider Vehicle Mileage Tax

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wants to consider taxing motorists by how many miles they drive, the Associated Press reported Friday.

February 20, 2009
Government, Business, Safety

MAN’s 4Q Income Drops; Will Cut Production

Germany-based truck maker MAN AG will cut costs and extend reductions in its employees’ work hours after the recession and declining sales caused its fourth-quarter profit to plunge by almost half, Bloomberg reported.

February 19, 2009
Business, Safety

Rail, Intermodal Traffic Fall for Week

Rail and intermodal traffic fell last week, the Association of American Railroads said.

February 19, 2009
Editorial, Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Trucking’s Growing Job Losses

Trucking suffered the greatest loss of jobs in history during January, excluding the month of the national drivers’ strike in 1994.

February 19, 2009
Letters to the Editor, Business, Safety

Letters: Truck vs. Car Speed, Home Run, Removing Snow, 10% Pay Cut

Regarding different speed limits for cars and large trucks, arguments with this one go on and on.

February 17, 2009