Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

Security Forces Deployed as Trucker Strike Upends Brazilian Economy

Striking truckers and motorcycle messengers block the entrance of BR Distribuidora, a fuel station run by the state-run oil company Petrobras, May 24. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

Brazil sank further into chaos May 25 as the fifth day of a nationwide truckers’ strike prompted the deployment of national security forces amid warnings of a calamity in one of world’s largest cities and potentially devastating livestock losses.

Simone Iglesias Fabiana Batista and Tatiana Freitas | Bloomberg News
May 25, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Start of Summer Driving Season Means More Motorists, Analysts Say

Memorial Day traffic Memorial Day travel (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

The unofficial start of the summer driving season is finally upon us and that means for millions of drivers it will be that time again to hire a dogsitter, pack the swimsuits, sunblock and folding chairs, and drive to the beach (or lake, or pool) to stay cool.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 24, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

Brazilian Trucker Strike Starting to Wear on Economy

Paulo Fridman/Bloomberg News

A truckers strike in Brazil over higher diesel prices has left at least one McDonald’s in Copacabana struggling to serve its customers. The last perishable food delivery received at the restaurant was May 18, manager Yladian Barbosa told O Globo newspaper.

Christiana Sciaudone Raymond Colitt and David Biller | Bloomberg News
May 24, 2018
Government, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Missouri Lawmakers Send 10¢ Gas Tax Proposal to November Ballot


Missouri voters will have the opportunity in November to vote on a tax increase that would fund road and bridge projects across the state.

Emily Younker | The Joplin (Mo.) Globe
May 24, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Electric Trucks to Power Fleets’ Urban, Regional Needs First

Volvo FE Electric Volvo FE Electric (Volvo Trucks)

As truck manufacturers begin to add electric-powered models to their product lineups, they are targeting city and regional routes as early applications for these vehicles.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
May 23, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Illinois Town, Love’s Reach $750,000 Development Agreement

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores

The Decatur City Council on May 21 unanimously approved a first-of-its-kind development agreement for a new Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store.

Tom Lisi | Herald & Review (Decatur, Ill.)
May 22, 2018
Business, Fuel

Diesel Rises for 9th Straight Week, Up 3.8¢ to $3.277

Associated Press

The U.S. average retail price of diesel fuel rose 3.8 cents last week to $3.277 a gallon, making it the ninth straight week that the price of trucking’s main fuel has gone up, according to the weekly report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration on May 21.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
May 21, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics

World Trade, Safety at Risk From New Fuel Rule, Ocean Shipping Group Says

Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

A group representing the vast majority of the world’s ship owners said world trade is at risk if issues surrounding new fuel rules aren’t resolved quickly, providing the starkest warning yet as to the potential impact of regulations that are due to enter into force in less than two years’ time.

Alaric Nightingale | Bloomberg News
May 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Meritor Tire Inflation System Available on Vanguard, CIMC Trailers

Meritor Inc. John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Meritor Inc. announced its tire inflation system with ThermALERT is a standard/preferred option on Vanguard dry van and CIMC refrigerated trailers.

Transport Topics
May 18, 2018
Government, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Planning Board Wants Virginia to Study Tax Based on Miles Driven

Getty Images

With the rise of electric and other fuel-efficient vehicles, the state Virginia association of metropolitan planners is asking state Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine to take a look at a new way to pay for roads.

Jordan Pascale | The Virginian-Pilot
May 18, 2018