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2014 Media Kit

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Premium Article  The Jones Act: more salt in the wound

Karen Thuermer | March 12, 2014 | Intermodal

There’s been no shortage of snow and ice in the United States this year. Although the days are slowly becoming longer, reports call for more snow in the Northeast and another Polar Votex to dip down from Canada. Read More »

Premium Article  Fraud in transportation

AJOT | March 12, 2014 | Intermodal

Most people would agree that fraud has become somewhat pervasive in today’s society. While it is a problem that is likely as old as humanity itself, the increasingly technological world in which we live has, in many ways, changed the nature and scope of fraudulent schemes. Read More »

TMC honors seven with Silver Spark Plug Award

AJOT | March 11, 2014 | Intermodal

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council awarded its highest honor — the Silver Spark Plug Award — to seven trucking industry professionals during the Council's 2014 Annual Meeting, March 10-13, in Nashville, Tenn. Read More »

Visit Paragon Software Systems at NPTC 2014

Marketwired | March 11, 2014 | Intermodal

Paragon Software Systems, Inc., a leader in vehicle routing and scheduling optimization solutions, will be exhibiting at this year’s National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Annual Conference & Exhibition taking place April 13 - 15, 2014 in Cincinnati, OH Read More »

New audit report details persistent flaws in CSA data

AJOT | March 10, 2014 | Intermodal

The investigation report of the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General is just the latest to show significant problems with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, American Trucking Associations said. Read More »

Peterson’s Kristen Goodson Named Vice President - Product Management

GlobeNewswire | March 10, 2014 | Intermodal

Peterson Manufacturing, a global leader in transportation-based safety lighting technology and related equipment, has appointed Kristen Goodson as Vice President - Product Management. Goodson’s new role includes creating product strategies and recommendations, involvement in all product decisions, and coordinating crossfunctional team initiatives from initial product planning to engineering, tooling, manufacturing, packaging and sales launches. Read More »

New audit report details persistent flaws in CSA data

AJOT | March 10, 2014 | Intermodal

The investigation report of the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General is just the latest to show significant problems with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, American Trucking Associations said. Read More »

New Audit Report Details Persistent Flaws in CSA Data

PR Newswire | March 10, 2014 | Intermodal

The investigation report of the Department of Transportation's Inspector General is just the latest to show significant problems with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, American Trucking Associations said. "The Inspector General's report confirms what industry stakeholders, independent researchers and other government watchdogs have found: there continue to be significant flaws in the data FMCSA is using to evaluate and score carriers under CSA," said ATA Executive Vice President Dave Osiecki. "ATA continues to support the oversight mission and safety goals of CSA – but FMCSA must acknowledge the program's many problems – and commit to addressing them." The Inspector General's report criticized FMCSA for: taking "limited action" to address previously identified flaws; its inability to get 40 states and the District of Columbia to implement CSA interventions; not following standard technology validation and testing; and for not pushing states to be consistent in correcting reams of inaccurate data. "The audit found that while FMCSA claims to have enough data to evaluate 40% of the industry – 13% of those companies report not owning or operating any trucks. Serious inaccuracies like this affect the scores of everyone scored under CSA – since carriers are compared to one another," Osiecki said. "Though not 'safety data' per se, the I.G. also found that many motor carriers need to do a better job of reporting operational and exposure data, such as the number of trucks they operate." ATA expressed disappointment in the IG's report for taking FMCSA's self-assessment of its State Safety Data Quality system, which scores states' ability to upload timely and accurate data, at face value. "ATA is disappointed that the I.G. didn't take a critical look at the source of literally all CSA data, state enforcement agencies. While the SSDQ indicates states are performing better than they have in the past, the I.G. failed to examine under what circumstances a state might obtain a "good" rating. This is a critical link in CSA data quality that deserves greater attention." ATA's document explaining the limitations of SSDQ ratings is available here. Read More »

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