October 6, 2014: Airbag problem for GM pickups; truck driver shortage still strong; driver wages on the rise

October 6, 2014: Airbag problem for GM pickups; truck driver shortage still strong; driver wages on the rise

Here is a look at what is happening around the world of transportation today:

  • General Motors is stopping sales of its new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups to fix an airbag issue, according to Fox Business.
  • Wired magazine reports on how Internet security experts determined that USB data storage devices can be infected with undetectable malware computer viruses that are largely unfixable.
  • The truck driver shortage is showing no signs of alleviation, according to a story in the Star Tribune newspaper.
  • Truck and engine OEM Navistar is rolling out two new offerings: a new fuel efficiency spec for its ProStar tractor as well as enhancements to its OnCommand remote diagnostics system.
  • A story in the Yakima Herald newspaper says that trucking firms are “cashing in” as capacity continues to lag behind freight demand.
  • Truck driver wages are heading upwards at a good clip, reports the Indianapolis Business Journal.
  • The Alton Telegraph names a local trucking firm its “small business of the month” for the motor carrier’s community service work.
  • Concern is being expressed on Capitol Hill regarding vision waivers being issued by the FMCSA for so-called “one-eyed truck drivers,” according to The Hill newspaper.
  • Is the hope of creating a massive global logistics hub Jamaica nothing but a pipe dream? This story in The Gleaner newspaper thinks so.
  • A column in the Boston Globe calls for fuel tax indexing to help boost transportation infrastructure funds.
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