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Articles by Deanne Winslett

DOT: Fatal crashes involving large trucks up 5.4 percent in 2016

Crashes involving large trucks were responsible for 4,317 fatalities in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2016 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes report. It ...

FMCSA board to review waiver criteria for drivers on anti-seizure meds

The board will review whether it should consider measures to change or remove the need for such drivers to seek approval from their medical examiner. 

DOT may alter protocol for diabetic truck drivers

Insulin-dependent diabetic truckers may no longer have to request a formal exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, should a new federal rule go ...

Trucking revenue could top $1 trillion annually within 5 years, ATA report projects

Revenue associated with truck transport is projected to top $1 trillion by 2024, according to the American Trucking Association's 2017-2028 Freight Transportation Forecast report.

Walmart recognizes 12 companies as 2016 Carriers of the Year

Walmart Transportation has named 12 trucking companies as its 2016 Carriers of the Year, including companies like Prime, Swift, USA Truck, Knight, Averitt, FedEx and ...

ATRI names hours flexibility, autonomous trucks, distracted driving as top research priorities for 2017

The American Transportation Research Institute named six top research priorities for 2017 at its meeting in Dallas in March: Distracted driving, hours flexibility, the impact ...

ThermoKing talks solar panel-powered reefer units at MATS

Thermo King addressed challenges facing the cold chain trucking industry at the Mid-America Trucking Show last Thursday.

Cargo thefts tend to increase during Thanksgiving week

Thanksgiving week over the last three years has seen thefts of $6 million in cargo, 44 semitractors and 51 semitrailers, according to crime analytics group ...

NTSB wants FMCSA to require drug testing for synthetic marijuana

The NTSB made two recommendations to the FMCSA after a crash investigation revealed a driver's use of synthetic marijuana.

The 10 most congested intersections for truck freight

ATRI's annual report analyzes the amount of truck-oriented congestion at 250 locations across national highways. Here are the top 10 most congested intersections for truck ...

Anti-tolling group tells highway bill conferees to choose House tolling measure, not Senate’s

An anti-tolling group that includes major trucking industry lobbyists this week sent letters to the 40 lawmakers tasked with producing the final version of a ...

National diesel price average drops 2 cents

The national average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fell to $2.482 last week, dropping 2 cents, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly ...

FMCSA shuts down Minnesota trucker following fatal crash, subsequent health discoveries

Minnesota truck driver John Ray Carpenter has been issued an effective shutdown order by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for being "medically unqualified to ...