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Government, Business, Technology

Biden Tightens China Chip Rules

wafer sorter

The Biden administration announced new restrictions on China’s access to U.S. semiconductor technology, escalating tensions between the two countries and adding fresh complications to an industry reeling from a slump in demand.

Ian King | Bloomberg News
October 7, 2022
Business, Fuel

Diesel Profits Near Record With Supplies Dwindling Into Winter

truck being filled with diesel

Diesel supplies are so tight heading into winter that profits for producing the heating and trucking fuel are nearing a record high.

October 7, 2022
Government

Governors Group Updates Online Infrastructure Funding Tracker

USDOT headquarters

The National Governors Association has updated its online tracker for federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds to help states and municipalities better navigate through 370 programs to access requirements and apply for grants.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
October 7, 2022
Business, Equipment

5 Questions With Ginnapher Velez of Clean Harbors

Ginnapher Velez with Clean Harbors

Five questions with Ginnapher (Ginn) Velez, senior vice president of asset management and fleet operations at Clean Harbors.

October 7, 2022
Business, Equipment

TMC Recommended Practices Are the Foundation of Maintenance

The essence of achieving superior quality in a fleet maintenance operation is critically dependent, literally, upon the nuts and bolts that hold the truck together.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
October 7, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Formulate Recap: Homer Hogg of TravelCenters of America

Homer Hogg

Earlier this year, as part of our Transport Topics Magazine Event Series, Formulate, we sat down with Homer Hogg, vice president of truck service at TravelCenters of America, to discuss the future of vehicle maintenance. A recognized leader in the truck service industry serving on numerous boards...

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
October 7, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Making the Electrification Transition

Navistar powertrain

For some time, there has been quite a change in how the trucking industry views the internal combustion engine juxtaposed with the emergence of electrification. I witnessed that during the reveal of Navistar’s S13 Integrated powertrain in Las Vegas this summer, features editor Michael Freeze...

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
October 7, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, For-Hire

Industry Works to Make Tractor-Trailer Connections More Efficient

Driver checks connections

Fleets are looking for solutions — some of them low-tech — to ensure trucks and trailers talk to each other now.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
October 7, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Traton, Navistar Challenge Other Truck Makers’ Emission Systems

Navistar S13

The recent introduction of the Navistar S13 engine with no EGR cooler and much less reliance on any form of EGR is remarkable.

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
October 7, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Louisiana to Spend $270 Million on Locally Owned Bridges

Louisiana

To stem the tide against state closures of unsafe bridges, Louisiana will receive $270 million in federal funds to fix locally owned off-system bridges.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
October 7, 2022
Government, Business, Technology

Biden Says IBM Investment to Help in Tech Competition With China

Joe Biden and Arvind Krishna

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — President Joe Biden predicted Oct. 6 a $20 billion investment by IBM in New York’s Hudson River Valley will help give the United States a technological edge against China, hailing the expansion during an appearance with two House Democrats in competitive races in next month’s...

Aamer Madhani and Josh Boak | Associated Press  
October 7, 2022
Government, Business

Hiring Stayed Solid in September as Employers Add 263,000

hiring sign

WASHINGTON — America’s employers slowed their hiring in September but still added a solid 263,000 jobs — a dose of encouraging news that may mean the Federal Reserve’s drive to cool the job market and ease inflation is starting to make progress.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
October 7, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Tesla Plans to Deliver Semis to Pepsi Five Years After Unveiling

Tesla Semi

Tesla Inc. will deliver its first Semi trucks to PepsiCo Inc. five years after Elon Musk showed off prototypes and began taking deposits for the electric big rigs.

October 7, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel

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