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Government, Business, Safety

USPS Site Begins Taking COVID Test Requests

COVIDtests.gov website

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Jan. 18 quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online.

Zeke Miller | Associated Press
January 18, 2022
Government

Biden Administration Proceeds With Bridge Funds

Capitol Agenda by Eugene Mulero

WASHINGTON — Nearly two months after enacting a $1 trillion infrastructure package, President Joe Biden addressed the country to say there is more money available to kick off a multiyear process for fixing bridges. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

January 18, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Felony Charges Are First in a Fatal Crash Involving Tesla’s Autopilot

Clouds are reflected above the company logo on the hood of a Tesla vehicle

DETROIT — California prosecutors have filed two counts of vehicular manslaughter against the driver of a Tesla on Autopilot who ran a red light, slammed into another car and killed two people in 2019.

Tom Krisher and Stefanie Dazio | Associated Press
January 18, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

TRB to Finalize ‘Critical Issues’ Report

Neil Pedersen

WASHINGTON — Executives with the Transportation Research Board are readying a guiding document outlining issues deemed critical across modes of transportation, the group’s leadership recently announced during TRB’s annual meeting.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 18, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Automakers Realize They Need to Develop EV Charging Networks

Electrify America electric vehicle charging stations

Electric vehicle makers are beginning to recognize that charging is so critical to their mission of selling vehicles that they can’t afford not to get involved in building and operating charging networks.

Ryan Fisher | Bloomberg News
January 18, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Fleets Sustain Safety Culture Through Driver Relationships, Technology

Fleet Safety

While technologies have provided real-time data and new insights into how to reduce incidents and help drivers to improve their skills, many fleet executives say building a reputation for safety boils down to trust, culture and accountability.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
January 18, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics, Breaking News

Truck Tonnage in December Increases 1.4% Year-Over-Year

Tonnage

Truck tonnage in December rose a seasonally adjusted 1.4% compared with the same month in 2020 — the fourth consecutive year-over-year gain and the highest measurement since March, American Trucking Associations announced.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 18, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel

Nikola Signs Battery Deal With Proterra for Electric Big Rigs

Nikola

Nikola Corp. announced a long-term supply agreement with Proterra Inc. for battery technology, giving the electric big-rig maker a second source for the critical components.

Ed Ludlow | Bloomberg News
January 18, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Chinese EVs Find Niche Making Shorthaul Deliveries in Japan

EVs

Logistics companies in Japan, striving to cut costs and make the most out of the pandemic-inspired online shopping boom, are finding an unlikely white knight in Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers, whose vans make last-mile deliveries not only cheaper, but cleaner as well.

Shiho Takezawa | Bloomberg News
January 18, 2022
Business, Technology, Top 100

Walmart Filings Reveal Plans to Create Cryptocurrency, NFTs

Shoppers

Walmart Inc. is preparing to create its own cryptocurrency and collection of nonfungible tokens, filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office show, setting the stage for meeting its customers in the emerging metaverse.

January 18, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Ocean Shipping Rates Driving Inflation, Experts Caution

Supply Chain

Ocean shipping rates are expected to stay elevated well into 2022, setting up another year of booming profits for global cargo carriers — and leaving smaller companies and their customers from Spain to Sri Lanka paying more for just about everything.

January 18, 2022
Government

DeFazio Advocates for Water Infrastructure Investments

Capitol Agenda by Eugene Mulero

Funding to upgrade the country’s water infrastructure networks remains a priority, the leader of the U.S. House transportation panel said.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 18, 2022
Crossword

Crossword Puzzle Solution for January 17, 2022

Crossword solution

Here's the solution to the crossword puzzle found in the January 17, 2022 print edition.

January 17, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Milton Wants to Inspect Nikola Vehicles Feds Say He Lied About

Trevor Milton exits federal court in July 2021

Nikola Corp. founder Trevor Milton claims federal prosecutors refused access to the company’s vehicles and equipment he says are crucial to his defense against fraud charges.

Chris Dolmetsch | Bloomberg News
January 14, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel

VTNA Slates Production on Enhanced VNR Electric for Q2

Volvo's next-generation VNR Electrick truck

Volvo Trucks North America announced production of the enhanced Volvo VNR Electric model will begin in the second quarter.

January 14, 2022
Business, Top 100

Two Key Executives to Depart Walmart

The Walmart logo is displayed on shopping carts outside a store in Burbank, Calif.

Walmart Inc. is losing two key executives in its U.S. operation as the retail giant ramps up its online offerings and attempts to reverse last year’s disappointing stock market performance.

Brendan Case | Bloomberg News
January 14, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

DOT Dedicates $27 Billion to Bridge Repairs Nationwide

 President Joe Biden speaks about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law  on Jan. 14

The Transportation Department is launching a $27 billion program to repair and upgrade roughly 15,000 highway bridges as part of the infrastructure law approved in November.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Bollinger Motors Shifts Focus to Medium-Duty Trucks

Bollinger truck

Bollinger Motors announced a postponement to its consumer-truck production and delivery.The electric vehicle manufacturer intends now to focus its efforts on commercial all-electric platforms and chassis cabs for commercial vehicles in Classes 3-6.

January 14, 2022
Business, Logistics

December Retail Sales Slip After Record Holiday Season

Shoppers walk through a New York City Macy's in November 2021.

NEW YORK — Americans overlooked shortages, spiking prices and uncertainty over the omicron variant to break spending records during the critical holiday shopping season. But figures released Jan. 14 show that after spending robustly early in the holiday season, consumers sharply slowed their...

Anne D’Innocenzio | Associated Press
January 14, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Geodis Announces Recent Promotions

Geodis is a global supply chain operator that offers supply chain optimization, freight forwarding, contract logistics, distribution and road transport.

January 14, 2022