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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

Senators Question DOT on Mexican Trucks Program

Senators and Bush administration officials clashed at a hearing Tuesday about the legality the Department of Transportation’s pilot program allowing Mexican trucks into the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported.

March 12, 2008

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Business, Safety, Government

NAFTA Truck Trade Rises for 2007

Surface trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico rose 4.9% last year compared with 2006, the Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

March 11, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

Mexican Trucks Program Showing Few Trips

A government report on the Department of Transportation’s program to allow Mexican trucks into the United States said that too few trips have been taken to be statistically valid.

March 11, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Diesel Soars 16.1¢ to $3.819; Gasoline Sets Record $3.225

The price of retail diesel fuel jumped 16.1 cents to a third straight record, reaching a national average of $3.819 a gallon, and gasoline hit a new record, the Department of Energy said Monday.

March 11, 2008
Business, Fuel, Safety, Government

Forward Air to Buy Houston Firm

Forward Air Corp. said it will buy transportation firm Pinch Holdings and a related company, AFTCO Enterprises, for an undisclosed sum.

March 11, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Con-way Reducing Its Fleet Speed to 62 MPH

Less-than-truckload company Con-way Freight said Monday it has turned back the speed governors on its 8,400-tractor fleet to run at a maximum 62 miles per hour, down from a previous 65 mph, in an effort to improve fuel conservation and reduce carbon emissions.

March 10, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Technology

Letters to the Editor: HOS, Crash Statistics, No Driver Shortage, Aerodynamics

I have been driving for 46 years and have been with Roadway 25 years. I think the 11-hour rule is very good. It gives you some flexibility if you have any delays.

March 10, 2008
Business, Safety, Fuel

ATA Seeks to Block Calif. Port Talks Over Clean Trucks Proposals

American Trucking Associations’ Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference has asked the Federal Maritime Commission to block the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and terminal operators from discussing and entering into agreements related to the ports’ clean trucks program.

March 10, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

Peters Urges Congress to Back Mexican Trucks Program

Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said Monday that Congress should not halt efforts of a cross-border trucking program between the United States and Mexico.

March 10, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

Sen. Dorgan Tells Peters DOT is ‘Arrogant’ for Refusing to Block Cross-Border Funding

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) told Transportation Secretary Mary Peters that her department was “arrogant” in its refusal to go along with what he said Congress intended when it prohibited funding for the DOT’s controversial U.S.-Mexico border trucking program.

March 10, 2008