Business, Technology, Logistics

Carriers, Shippers Working to Meet Demand for Freight Hauling

Walmart trucks in a row Walmart trucks/TT file photo

Carriers and shippers are adjusting to an environment where rising freight rates and a driver shortage are bumping up against an expected drop in capacity now that soft enforcement for truck drivers to record their on-duty status using ELDs has ended, compelling the industry to work hard to prevent disruption in the movement of goods.

Daniel P. Bearth | Senior Features Writer
April 19, 2018
Government, Business

Tennessee Law Prohibits State Funds From Supporting ELD Enforcement of Ag Haulers

Tennessee's Haslam Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed the law April 18. (Mark Zaleski/Associated Press)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law April 18 that would prohibit state funds from being used to enforce electronic logging device regulations for certain agriculture-related hauls

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 19, 2018
Government, Business

NAFTA Negotiators Wrap Up Telecom Chapter, Sources Say

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NAFTA negotiators are said to have wrapped up another chapter of the deal as the three ministers leading talks meet again in Washington amid a push for a deal in principle within weeks.

Eric Martin Josh Wingrove and Andrew Mayeda | Bloomberg News
April 19, 2018
Government, Business

Fed Economists Say Tariffs More Likely to Kill Than Create Jobs

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U.S. President Donald Trump may hope his tariffs on imported steel and aluminum will create new jobs, or at least protect existing ones. Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said the opposite outcome was more likely.

Matthew Boesler | Bloomberg News
April 19, 2018
Government, Business

CARB Expected to OK Tougher Smoke Opacity Limits in May

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California environmental regulators are scheduled next month to consider changes that would toughen state standards on smoke opacity as well as require motor carriers with two or more trucks to report to the agency the results from an annual smoke self-test.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 19, 2018
Business, Logistics, TCA

Everybody Loses in Trade War, Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Says


President Donald Trump has tweeted “trade wars are good, and easy to win. Don’t believe it, the president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce told Tampa business and political leaders April 18.

Richard Danielson | Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
April 19, 2018

Wabco Reports Net Income, Earnings Soar

Rendering of New Wabco Headquarters Rendering of new Wabco headquarters (Wabco)

Commercial vehicle supplier Wabco Holdings Inc. reported double-digit boosts in first-quarter net income and revenue as it moved to consolidate its presence in North America.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 19, 2018

Jobless Claims at Three-Week Low Amid Tight Labor Market

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U.S. filings for unemployment benefits fell to a three-week low, continuing a trend that indicates a tight labor market, Labor Department figures showed April 19.

Sho Chandra | Bloomberg News
April 19, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Ex-Trooper Sentenced in Dallas Trucking Company Inspection Fraud


A former Texas Department of Public Safety sergeant was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison April 16 for accepting bribes from a Dallas trucking company in exchange for top-level inspection decals.

Claire Z. Cardona | The Dallas Morning News
April 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Don Burnette Becomes Last Otto Co-Founder to Leave Uber Technologies

Don Burnette checks the software on a computer inside the cab of the self-driving, big-rig truck during a demonstration at the Otto headquarters Aug. 18, 2016. (Tony Avelar/AP)

With the recent departure of Don Burnette, all four co-founders of driverless-trucking company Otto have left Uber Technologies Inc., about 18 months after Uber’s purchase of the startup.

Mark Gurman and Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
April 19, 2018