Safety

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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

FMCSA Supports ATA Motion on Hours-of-Service Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration filed a memorandum with a court in Washington Friday strongly supporting American Trucking Associations’ request that the court’s vacating of provisions of truck driver hours-of-service rules be stayed pending reconsideration by the agency.

September 24, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Driving Hours Remain in Effect

The current truck-driver hours-of-service rules — allowing 11 hours of driving and restarting a week after 34 hours of rest — are likely to remain in place for at least several more weeks.

September 24, 2007
Business, Safety

2Q Truckload Driver Turnover Rates Fall

Driver turnover at large truckload carriers fell 11 percentage points to an annualized rate of 116% in the second quarter, compared with the previous three months, American Trucking Associations reported.

September 24, 2007
Business, Safety, Government

Five Indiana Counties to Switch Time Zones, DOT Says

Five counties in southwestern Indiana will switch from Central to Eastern time beginning Nov. 4, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.

September 21, 2007
Business, Safety, Government

Fed Action Boosts Transport Stocks

The Federal Reserve’s rate cut this week helped transportation industry stocks, as the broader economy needed a boost to help soften the slowdown that is projected to last through the first half of 2008, according to American Trucking Associations’ Chief Economist Bob Costello.

September 19, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Logistics

Sleep Apnea Program Cuts Costs for Health Care, Schneider Says

Truckload carrier Schneider National said a sleep apnea screening and treatment program managed by an outside vendor has improved safety and driver productivity while lowering health-care costs.

September 19, 2007
Business, Safety, Government

Knight Issues 3Q Earnings Warning

Truckload carrier Knight Transportation said its third-quarter earnings would be below analysts’ predictions, citing an industrywide decline in freight tonnage and excess truckload capacity.

September 19, 2007
Business, Safety, Government

Letters to the Editor: Border Dissent, HOS, Defensive Driving

I would like to urge everyone reading this letter to contact their local representatives and ask them not to pass the law allowing Mexican carriers full, direct access to U.S. roadways and customers.

September 19, 2007
Business, Safety

2Q Driver Turnover Rate Drops

Driver turnover rates for large truckload carriers fell for the first time in a year in the second quarter, American Trucking Associations said Tuesday.

September 18, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Report Cites Congestion Problems Nationwide

Drivers waste nearly an entire work week each year sitting in traffic on the way to and from their jobs, according to a national study released Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

September 18, 2007