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Twitter Says Musk ‘Can and Should’ Close Buyout Next Week

Elon Musk by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images via Bloomberg News

Twitter Inc. rejected Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s request to pause an upcoming trial over his $44 billion takeover of the social media company, saying the billionaire “can and should” close the deal next week.

Jef Feeley | Bloomberg News
October 6, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, For-Hire, Private

Broad Relief Efforts Converge After Hurricane Ian

Amazon disaster relief

Trucking companies, government entities and nonprofit groups responded to the devastation wrought along Florida’s Gulf Coast by Hurricane Ian last month with relief efforts for the many areas affected by the storm, and are working to overcome challenges in getting aid to those in need.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
October 6, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

States Approve Rule Exemptions to Speed Florida Relief Efforts

Florida DOT truck

Motor carriers transporting relief supplies to regions of Florida and South Carolina affected by Hurricane Ian are working with a variety of emergency vehicle size and weight exemptions in effect in neighboring states, moves made by governors and state agencies looking to help speed relief supplies...

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
October 6, 2022
Business

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Transport Topics Radio

Transport Topics Radio is a weekly news roundtable airing Saturdays on SiriusXM channel 146 from 1-3 p.m. ET and rebroadcast Saturday nights from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. ET, and Sundays from noon-2 p.m. ET and 9-11 p.m. ET. Check out this week's lineup.

October 6, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

IIJA, Workforce and Parking Top FMCSA’s Fall Agenda

Hutcheson

The implementation of the $1 trillion infrastructure law and proceeding with workforce and parking programs for the trucking industry will headline the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s fall agenda.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 6, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Rail Strike Threat Exposes Supply Chain Vulnerability

railroad tracks

The threat of a nationwide strike by railroad workers that could have shut down the nation’s freight trains exposed vulnerabilities in the supply chain that could have proved devastating to the economy.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
October 6, 2022
Business, Logistics

Dwindling Mississippi River Grounds Barges, Threatens Shipments

A barge moves north on the Mississippi River under the Interstate 40 bridge

A logjam of more than 100 ships, tugboats and their convoys of barges in the shrinking Mississippi River is threatening to grind trade of grains, fertilizer, metals and petroleum to a halt.

October 6, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

September Class 8 Orders Erupt in All-Time Record

orders

No need any longer to wonder about pent-up demand for Class 8 trucks, North American Class 8 orders in September surged past 53,000 to set an all-time high and nearly doubled those of a year earlier, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 6, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Biodiesel Fuel Gets Latest Push in Missouri

Biodiesel garbage truck

Biodiesel is getting a boost from new government incentives as city fleet owners are using it to quickly lower truck emissions.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
October 6, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Uber Revives Self-Driving Taxi Dreams, Plans to Start This Year

Motional, Uber

Uber Technologies Inc. inked a deal with Motional Inc. to offer driverless deliveries and rides, rekindling its vision of a self-driving taxi fleet nearly two years after it sold its autonomous vehicle division.

Jackie Davalos | Bloomberg News
October 6, 2022
Business, Equipment, Logistics, Private

Amazon Plans to Hire 150,000 Workers for Holiday Season

Amazon

Amazon.com Inc. plans to hire 150,000 seasonal workers, about the same as last year despite slowing sales and predictions of a lackluster holiday shopping season.

October 6, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

One Bridge Damaged by Ian Reopens, and a Truck Is Among First to Cross It

Restoration work on the bridge to Pine Island on Oct. 4.

Hours before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that emergency road and bridge repairs to Pine Island had been completed ahead of schedule on Oct. 5, cheers and a little laughter greeted some of the first motorists — including a Publix truck — to cross a temporary bridge built to restore access by...

Howard Cohen | Miami Herald
October 5, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Supply Chain Rallies in Wake of Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian damage

The trucks are rolling again. They’re going right into the areas Hurricane Ian devastated, and many are from companies with the regional or national scale to deliver emergency goods to communities where they also have affected employees and local stores in need of resupply.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 5, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Congress Passes Disaster Aid Bill Amid Calls for Resilience

Hurricane Ian

Legislation designed to expedite emergency recovery aid recently advanced to the president’s desk amid renewed calls for enhancing infrastructure resilience.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 5, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

EV Tax Credit Rules Put on Fast Track at Treasury

A curbside PlugNYC electric vehicle charger near West 84th Street in New York City

The Treasury Department is expediting the formulation of scores of regulations that will carry out the $270 billion worth of energy tax incentives included in President Joe Biden’s signature climate and tax bill.

October 5, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Michigan Lures $1.6 Billion Battery Factory in Fight for EV Jobs

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan awarded incentives to two new battery projects — a local startup building a cell plant and a Chinese firm that may produce battery components — as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer seeks to secure future automotive jobs in the state.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
October 5, 2022
Government, Fuel

Biden Calls OPEC+ Cut ‘Unnecessary,’ Signals New US Releases

OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria

President Joe Biden called plans by OPEC+ to cut output targets by 2 million barrels a day “unnecessary,” and the White House said more releases from U.S. petroleum reserves are possible.

Jenny Leonard | Bloomberg News
October 5, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Volvo Invites Media to Test Drive the VNR Electric Truck

volvo test track

DUBLIN, Va. — Volvo Trucks North America discussed safety and provided test drives of its VNR Electric truck as part of the Volvo Electromobility Sales Summit.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
October 5, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

CVSA Launches Procedures for Inspections of Autonomous Trucks

autonomous truck concept

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance approved a new standard and procedure designed to govern inspections of autonomous commercial motor vehicles.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 5, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel

LNG Market Supply to Remain Tight for Years, Top Producers Say

LNG

Liquefied natural gas will be in short supply in the coming years as production lags behind surging demand from Europe, according to the world’s top producers of the fuel.

October 5, 2022