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Long helpful to car buyers, star safety ratings languish in breakdown lane

Grade inflation in school makes it difficult to distinguish who is actually achieving in the classroom. The federal government’s vehicle safety rating system suffers the same problem.... Read more»

Battle looms over Trump bid to ease safety rules for big trucks

This week, the Trump administration formally proposed easing the rules over rest breaks truck drivers must take, and giving them more flexibility over their on- and off-duty time.... Read more»

Feds reject insurance hike for big rigs; pleasing independent truckers, rankling safety advocates

Each year, close to 4,000 people are killed in the U.S. in crashes involving large trucks and tens of thousands more are hurt, some suffering catastrophic injuries that leave them disabled and in need of expensive lifetime care. Yet for more than three decades, the federal minimum for truck liability insurance has remained stuck at $750,000. ... Read more»

Smartphone distractions, drinking spur rising pedestrian death toll

Pedestrian deaths are surging across the nation, and analysts are putting much of the blame on drivers and walkers who are looking at their smartphones. Tipsy walking also is part of the problem, with one in three victims legally drunk when they were struck and killed.... Read more»

Critics fault new highway law for concessions to trucking industry

A $305 billion highway bill approved by Congress includes several provisions aggressively sought by the trucking industry that, critics say, will undermine traffic safety. The long-awaited FAST Act removes truck safety ratings from a public website. It also creates a program to put drivers as young as 18 behind the wheel of a big rig if they have received military training.... Read more»

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High speed rail a losing bet for Arizona

The Arizona Department of Transportation has released a draft report on rail transportation, laying out its plans for high speed rail in Arizona. The evidence points to high speed rail as a boondoggle waiting to happen.... Read more»2

DOT outlines cross-border trucking rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation released preliminary details Friday on a program that would again open up U.S. roadways to Mexican truckers.... Read more»