Howard Abramson

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Howard Abramson has been covering transportation for most of his career, including the past 15 years as publisher and editorial director of Transport Topics until leaving earlier this year.

He was formerly managing editor of the Journal of Commerce; editor of Traffic World; transportation editor for Bloomberg News; an assistant financial editor at the Washington Post and was co-founder of States News Service.

He is also the author of two books, "National Geographic: Behind America's Lens on the World," and "Hero in Disgrace, the True Discoverer of the North Pole, Frederick A. Cook."


A better path to safer roads 7

It’s time for the U.S. trucking industry to end the charade of pretending not to know that pay-by-the-mile is a failing model that robs drivers of reasonable compensation and leads to increased carnage on our highways.

While the U.S. trucking industry continues to focus its legislative efforts on weakening federal safety regulations, and as almost 4,000 Americans a year continue to die in truck-related crashes, Australia is poised to take a major step in improving road safety by making an historic change in the way truck drivers are paid.

Avoiding Collisions 1

If there was any good that might have come from the Tracy Morgan crash on the New Jersey Turnpike last year it centered on the fact that the Walmart truck that slammed into a group of vehicles that had slowed for construction had a collision-avoidance device installed on it.

Shorter hauls, higher accident rates, slower alt fuels adoption in 2015

With most economic indicators pointing to continued strong growth in North America, I believe the trucking industry can look forward to another year of healthy financial results.

That’s not to say that all trucking sectors are going to prosper during 2015. Length of haul is likely to continue its years-long shrinkage, as rail intermodal continues to make inroads into that market, meaning national truckload carriers are likely to continue to feel the pinch.

Deadly Driving

What's so hard about coming up with a rational set of training standards for new commercial truck drivers?

Apparently the task is so difficult that the Dept. of Transportation has failed to respond to two specific demands from Congress to up the requirements for obtaining a truck driving license for more than 20 years. It has taken so long that the Teamsters and a few safety interest groups have now turned to the courts for a remedy.

The need for new standards is so clear that labor and management both appear to agree that DOT should act.

Wage Theft 2

A recent front page story in the New York Times on “wage theft” cited six companies that have been accused of failing to pay overtime and other employee benefits, and three of them were some of the largest companies in freight transportation: Walmart, Schneider and FedEx.

Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies? 19

In my many years covering trucking, I’ve been surprised by the industry’s steadfastly antagonistic approach to government attempts to impose new regulations and requirements to improve safety. By and large, fleets seem to look upon safety regulations as a burden to be resisted when possible and to be grudgingly endured only when active political resistance fails.

A better path to safer roads
March 15, 2016

Mr. Rajkovacz, I'm certainly not looking to place "total and complete blame" for truck-involved fatalities on the trucking industry. What I'm saying is that certain industry...

Wage Theft
September 17, 2014

While I'm certainly not going to give you any legal advice, my understanding is that any company that utilizes labor from people or firms they classify as independent...

Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?
September 3, 2014

Thanks for the comments, Mike. I agree that trucking would be better served by actively moving forward on safety improvements, rather than waiting for the government to...

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