Your Feb. 4 Pre-Trip: RI’s truck toll hearings begin

Here are five things worth knowing today:

1. Hearings on Rhode Island’s truck-toll proposal began on Wednesday with “a coordinated show of support” from Gov. Raimondo’s administration and organized labor and business groups, according to The Providence Journal. Support groups were brought to the State House by a coalition of labor unions to make the case that the tolls proposed by the governor are necessary to provide jobs for under-employed workers and to repair the state’s failing bridges. The Providence Journal has more.

2. Samsung’s “see-through” truck is ready to hit the streets, Global News reports. The truck, first unveiled in June 2015, is designed to make it safer for trucks and cars to share the road. The semi features a wireless camera mounted on its front hood that displays the road ahead on a screen attached to the back of the truck. In theory, vehicles behind the truck would be able to see what was coming up the road ahead of them and pass safely.

3. The Ohio Highway Patrol has taken new steps this year to combat human trafficking. According to The Crescent-News, the patrol has partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking to ensure that trucking schools in the state will be required to provide trafficking awareness training for students obtaining their CDLs. In addition, the patrol has trained troopers to identify human trafficking during traffic stops and state Investigative Unit agents have been trained to identify signs of trafficking while they conduct routine operations at liquor establishments. The Crescent-News has more.

4. Part of its Keep on Truckin’ project, Pacific Standard Magazine looks into the industry’s billion-dollar cargo theft problem. According to the report, “FreightWatch figures show 899 theft incidents nationwide in 2010 valued at $423.6 million, with food, electronics, and building materials leading the pack for stolen goods.” In addition, the FBI estimates between $15 and $30 billion annually in cargo thefts. Pacific Standard has more.

5. Amerco, the parent company of U-Haul, announced that it experienced solid revenue growth and strong earnings for its fiscal third-quarter 2016 earnings, The Motley Fool reports. According to the report, revenue from U-Haul accounted for more than 90% of the total revenue, an increase of 5.8% from the year-ago period to $672.8 billion.

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