Your May 27 Pre-Trip: Truckers see cameras as invasion of privacy

Here are five things worth knowing today:

1. Swift Transportation just installed both front-facing and driver-facing cameras in some of its trucks, and according to Fortune, drivers aren’t happy about it. Though cameras are meant to help reduce the number of accidents that happen, many drivers see the cameras as an invasion of privacy. According to Fortune, though Swift is not the first company to install driver cameras, it is the largest to date, “and pressures on the industry point towards broader adoption.” Fortune has more.

2. Storms over Memorial Day weekend triggered mudslides in Wyoming’s Wind River Canyon, Wyoming Public Radio reports. Portions of U.S. 20 and 789 are closed after several mudslides damaged roadways, guardrails, railroads and pipes, according to the report. No injuries were reported, and traffic is being routed through Yellowstone Park and over the Bighorn Mountains on U.S. 16, Wyoming Public Radio said.

3. Time is running out. At least that’s what Delaware’s governor is saying about finding sources to help the state pay for transportation projects. According to Delaware 105.9 FM, “A measure to increase some vehicle-related fees to pay for roads is partially through the General Assembly, but [Gov.] Markell says that won’t be enough.”

4. In an effort to fund repairs for 150 bridges that have been deemed structurally deficient, Rhode Island lawmakers are supporting a plan that relies on new highway tolls for big commercial trucks, the Providence Journal said. The goal of the new $1.1-billion bridge reconstruction and publicly financed jobs program, RhodeWorks, is a 30% increase in available dollars for the repair of more than 150 structurally deficient bridges and maintenance of 150 others, the Journal said.

5. NG Advantage of Vermont will deploy 14 to 20 trucks next week to haul compressed natural gas from Milton, VT, to fuel the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, NY, according to Seven Days, Vermont’s Independent Voice. The move to haul the gas comes after a proposed pipeline project was nixed. According to the report, in February the mill backed out of a deal with Vermont Gas to build a 19-mile pipeline under Lake Champlain due to increased project costs.

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