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China Tariffs are hurting competitors, helping GWR gain market share in the U.S.

The United States has been implementing significant changes to its trade policy, specifically with China. First it was a tariff on a number of goods imported from China that accounted for around $50 billion. Earlier this summer the United States announced an additional round of tariff hikes on imports from China. Yesterday President Trump announced new tariffs on $200 billion of additional Chinese goods, with the import tax rising to 10% next week, and 25% by near end. HS Tariff Cod 8708.21.00 - safety seat belts - is included in this list of affected Chinese goods. This is good news…

Think the roads are ready for autonomous vehicles?

Autonomous vehicles, driverless cars, and autopilot are in the news almost every day. Every company in this space has mastered the use of the many related buzz words, and many are spending large amounts of money to try and get there. We will get there one day, but a lot is required to make it safe. Crashes with the autopilot on continue to happen. Tesla has had its cars crash while the "autopilot" mode was on. For the crash that happened in Beijing, the driver says that the sales staff sold the function as "self-driving." That crash came months after…

5 children dead in School Bus Crash in Tennessee – Could it have been prevented?

Five children were killed in a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee today. The bus was carrying 37 children from kindergarten to fifth grade. Based on witness statements in the police report, the bus was traveling at a high speed, well above the speed limit of 30 mph, and it slammed into a tree which split the bus apart. The bus was on a winding road when the driver lost control, striking an elevated driveway and mailbox, swerving, and then overturning. The school bus driver was reportedly involved in a separate bus collision two months ago. "A bus crash involving…

At least 13 killed in Tour Bus Crash – Could it have been prevented?

The crash of an MCI coach on a California freeway left 13 dead and 31 injured. “A California tour bus slammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer, killing thirteen people and injuring thirty-one others”, a state police official said on Oct 24th. It’s a tragic situation that might have prevented; the tour bus did not have seat belts. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, this bus was inspected in April this year that with no mechanical problems reported. Although the National Transportation Safety Board investigators are still trying to determine a cause of the crash, this accident emphasizes…

Motor coach safety problem in Texas kills 8, injures 44; could it have been prevented?

A motor coach owned by OGA Charter rolled over on a wet highway in Texas, killing eight people and injuring 44 others. It’s a tragic situation that might have been prevented: according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website, the regulators ordered OGA Charters to sideline the bus in May 2015 because of brake problems, and again in August 2015. The May 2015 inspection reported brake connections with leaks, problems with the automatic brake system, and a discolored windshield. Although the National Transportation Safety Board investigators are still trying to determine a cause of the crash, this accident emphasizes…