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Truck-related deaths dropped 3.5 percent in 2002 to 4,902, according to preliminary data released last month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The improvement occurred despite a 1.7 percent jump in overall highway deaths.


National Transportation Safety Board, in conjunction with the Society of Automotive Engineers, will host a symposium on transportation vehicle recorders June 4-5 in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit www.ntsb.gov or www.sae.org/recorder.


Research and Special Programs Administration adopted a number of changes to hazardous materials regulations that update and clarify the rules regarding construction and maintenance of cargo tank motor vehicles. The rule also addresses three National Transportation Safety Board recommendations and several petitions for rulemaking. For a copy of the rule, visit http://dms.dot.gov/search and search Docket No. 3554.


USF Red Star Inc., a USFreightways Corp. company, has acquired certain assets and the business of Stoneham, Mass.-based Plymouth Rock Transportation Corp., which provided overnight freight service to 11 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states.


Michigan is now assessing the full diesel tax at the pump. The 6-cent-per-gallon fuel tax discount ended April 1. For more information, visit the state treasury’s website at www.michigan.gov/treasury.