Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Apr. 4, 2011

House Passes Long-Sought FAA Bill

The House approved a bill to authorize operations of the FAA on Friday. This should “jump-start the aviation industry, help expand employment and wake up federal officials asleep at the job,” according to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica.

Canadian Professor to Research Trucker Health

Michel Johnson is launching a study of the health habits of 1,000 truck drivers, using a combination of interviews and mobile simulators to look at questions such as sleep problems, stress issues, nutrition and physical activity, and whether those types of problems affect reaction times.

ISM reports steady manufacturing growth in March

According to data released by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), manufacturing activity is continuing a steady growth of 22 consecutive months. While the index showed a decline of .2 percent over February’s numbers, any reading over 50 represents economic growth. March’s level was 61.2 percent.

EOBR Mandate Reintroduced in Senate

Senators Mark Pryor and Lamar Alexander have reintroduced the Commercial Driver Compliance Improvement Act that would require most trucks to carry electronic onboard recorders.

Conference Presses Japanese Government on Radiation

Shippers, carriers and diplomats are urging action to minimize the effects on business from radiation fears due to the ongoing crisis in Japan. Many are worried that the radiation and fear from customers are hindering their businesses.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst