Daily News Briefs, July 22, 2021

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Commentary: To Get More Trucks On The Road, US Needs More Drivers

In a CNN contribution, USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg and US Labor Secretary Martin Walsh discuss the causes and consequences of America’s shortage of commercial truck drivers and recommend some solutions. Low retention resulting from current working conditions is the root of the problem, they maintain. However, the hiring process is another factor, and USDOT “has pulled the levers at its disposal to get drivers on the road without compromising safety. It has given state DMVs the tools they need to issue an average of 50,000 new Commercial Drivers Licenses and Permits each month in 2021. That’s 14% higher than the 2019 average and 60% higher than the 2020 average.”

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) US Department of Transportation (USDOT)


TRB Webinar Will Explore Drone Use In Bridge Inspections

The Transportation Research Board has scheduled a July 28 webinar on using unmanned aerial systems — drones — as a bridge inspection tool. Presenters will use federal and state case studies to explore how drones can  can “save time, reduce costs, and improve safety margins” for inspection teams. Pre-registration for the afternoon event is required, and engineers are eligible to receive professional development credit hours.

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Transportation Research Board


South Africa's N3 Tollway Reopens, Although Safety Concerns Linger

The South African reports, the country’s N3 Toll Route, a key commercial traffic corridor, fully reopened last weekend, but truck and car drivers remain wary of traveling on the highway. A major section was closed for several days due to KwaZulu-Natal civil unrest related to the arrest and incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma. During that time, many trucks and vans were torched or otherwise vandalized by protesters.

Crime Beat Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) South Africa


These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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