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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

YRC Gains Labor Flexibility

On the heels of YRC Worldwide’s settlement with the Teamsters union on a new five-year labor contract with in-creased work-rule flexibility, ABF Freight System said it will offer an ambitious proposal to spend about $825 million to “withdraw from all of the 27 multi-employer pension plans to which we contribute.”

December 24, 2007

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Business, Safety, Government to Close for Christmas

Transport Topics Online will be closed Wednesday through Friday for the Christmas holiday. Please check back on Monday, Dec. 29, for the latest trucking and freight transportation news.

December 23, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Public Citizen Sues Again Over HOS Rules

Safety advocates have again gone to court to try to block the Department of Transportation’s rule on truck driver hours of service, news reports said.

December 21, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

EU Seeking Truck Emissions Cuts

European truck makers would have to cut urban air pollution in the European Union as much as 80% under new draft EU rules that would move Europe closer to U.S. standards, Bloomberg reported Friday.

December 21, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Fuel

Bush Backs EPA on California Waiver Denial

President Bush defended the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reject California’s plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, saying that a national strategy toward climate change is more effective than a state-by-state approach, the Los Angeles Times reported.

December 20, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

Ryder to Buy Lily’s Truck Leasing Business

Ryder System said Wednesday it will buy the truck leasing business of Lily Transportation Corp., a Northeast regional transportation services company based in Needham, Mass.

December 20, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

NMFTA’s Pugh Resigns as Executive Director

Bill Pugh, executive director and general counsel of the National Motor Freight Traffic Association, resigned the post he has held for the past six years, NMFTA said.

December 19, 2007
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
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