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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.

Business, Government, Safety, Technology, Equipment

PeopleNet’s eDriver Logs to Integrate with McLeod’s LoadMaster Software

PeopleNet, which provides onboard communications and fleet management systems, said Monday it is integrating its eDriver Logs automated driver log application with LoadMaster dispatch and enterprise software from McLeod Software.

September 15, 2008

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Business, Government, Safety, Logistics

EPA Allows California to Require On-Board Diagnostics in 2010

In a sweeping decision with possible national implications, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted California a waiver that will allow state environmental regulators to implement stringent new heavy-duty vehicle and engine onboard diagnostics requirements for 2010 engines and beyond.

September 15, 2008
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ABF Expands Delivery Services Via Regional Network

ABF Freight System Monday said it has set faster transit times in more than 24,000 station-to-station lanes including 1,300 new next-day lanes and 21,000 new second-day lanes.

September 15, 2008
Business, Government, Safety

Highway Coalition Applauds Rejection of Pa. I-80 Tolls

A coalition of highway users including American Trucking Associations applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision last week to reject tolls on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania, though a truckers group in that state warned that officials may seek to privatize the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

September 15, 2008
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel

Oil Falls Below $95 as Refineries Escape Major Damage from Hurricane Ike

Crude oil fell $7 to below $95 a barrel in early trading Monday, a seven-month low, as Gulf of Mexico refineries escaped major damage from Hurricane Ike over the weekend, Bloomberg reported Monday.

September 15, 2008
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Court Denies Calif. Port Stay; ATA Files Expedited Appeal

A federal judge last week denied American Trucking Associations’ request for a preliminary injunction against controversial portions of emission-reduction programs at the California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

September 15, 2008
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Trucking Companies Face Growing Cash Crunch as Shippers Struggle to Survive Downturn

Astronomic fuel prices are only part of the economic drag on trucking these days. Add the growing length of time on accounts receivables, more customer bankruptcies and the tightening of credit by suppliers and lenders, and it’s easy to see how carriers’ cash flow has ebbed.

September 15, 2008
Government, Business, Safety

Gulf Refineries Brace for Hurricane Ike’s Landfall Near Houston

Oil refineries on the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana shut down operations Friday as Hurricane Ike prepared to come ashore overnight near Houston in what could be the biggest hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years, news services reported.

September 11, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

Letters to the Editor: Mexico Border Pilot, Driver Appreciation, Outsourcing Overseas, Slow-Pay Blues

If the Chinese are going to make all the goods, the Arabs supply all the oil and the Mexicans do all the transportation, what are we going to do? This sounds very much like the fall of the Roman Empire in past history.

September 11, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

DOT Freight Transportation Index Jumps 4.1% in July

The Department of Transportation’s freight transportation services index jumped 4.1% in July from a year ago, the largest July-over-July gain in four years.

September 10, 2008