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

Oct. 6, 2014

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.
About the Author

Sean Kilcarr | Editor in Chief

Sean previously reported and commented on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry. Also be sure to visit Sean's blog Trucks at Work where he offers analysis on a variety of different topics inside the trucking industry.

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