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Truckers, Volunteers Deliver Wreaths and Recognition to Fallen Veterans

Wreaths adorn headstones at the 28th annual Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery

ARLINGTON, Va. — Hundreds of thousands of volunteers put on rain gear and bundled up at Arlington National Cemetery and 2,140 other locations in the United States and two cemeteries in Europe on Dec. 14, placing wreaths on the graves of our nation’s fallen military heroes.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 14, 2019

Harvest Partners Acquires Lazer Spot From Greenbriar Equity

Lazer Spot trucks

Harvest Partners said its managed funds have acquired Lazer Spot Inc. from Greenbriar Equity Group LP.

December 13, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Tesla Zealotry on Street Fades as Focus Shifts to Fundamentals

Tesla

The perpetual war between Tesla Inc.’s bears and bulls may finally be simmering down.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
December 13, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

Volvo to Test Electric Trucks in Europe

volvo electric concept truck

Volvo Trucks announced it has developed electric concept trucks for construction operations and regional distribution.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 13, 2019
Government, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Autonomous, New Technology Merit NTSB’s Attention, Nominee Tells Senate Panel

The National Transportation Safety Board needs to ensure technical skills are available and staff expertise is maintained to address concerns related to autonomous vehicles and new technology, nominee Thomas Chapman told a Senate panel Dec. 11.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 13, 2019
Government, Business

Democrats, GOP Reach Deal to Avert Government Shutdown

Capitol

Lawmakers from the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan deal to fund the government before the Dec. 20 spending deadline, according to Nita Lowey, the New York Democrat who chairs the House Appropriations Committee.

December 13, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil Reaches Three-Month High Above $60 on US-China Trade Pact

a pumpjack near Midland, Texas

Oil rose above $60 a barrel for the first time in almost three months after the U.S. and China agreed on the text of a partial trade deal, giving a boost to the fragile outlook for global oil demand.

Sharon Cho and Grant Smith | Bloomberg News
December 13, 2019
Government, Business

Trump Says US, China Have Reached Deal

steel pipe

WASHINGTON — President Trump said Dec. 13 that the U.S. has canceled plans to impose new tariffs on $160 billion worth of Chinese imports Dec. 15 as part of a modest interim agreement that de-escalates a 17-month trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

Paul Wiseman and Joe McDonald | Associated Press
December 13, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Pennsylvania Freight Rail Track Gets $700,000 for Rehabilitation

railroad tracks

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation awarded $700,000 to Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminals Inc. to improve about 1 mile of freight rail track to bolster operations and generate jobs in Beaver County.

Dani Fitzgerald | Beaver County (Penn.) Times
December 13, 2019
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100, TCA

XPO to Close Missouri Logistics Facility, Wiping Out 166 Jobs

XPO Logistics truck

HAZELWOOD, Mo. — A logistics facility will close here, eliminating 166 jobs, according to a notice filed with the state.

Annika Merrilees | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 13, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

California Considers Requiring Zero-Emission Truck Sales

Traffic on SF-Oakland Bay Bridge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The country’s most populous state could become the first to require a portion of new truck sales be electric or “zero emission” vehicles as California grapples with how to clean up its worst-in-the nation air quality.

Adam Beam | Associated Press
December 13, 2019
Government, Business

Trump Approves U.S.-China Trade Deal to Halt Dec. 15 Tariffs

China

President Donald Trump signed off on a phase-one trade deal with China, averting the Dec. 15 introduction of a new wave of U.S. tariffs on about $160 billion of consumer goods from the Asian nation, according to people familiar with the matter.

December 12, 2019
Government, Technology

FCC Approves Proposal to Proceed With 5.9 GHz Changes

AASHTO's King Gee

WASHINGTON — Despite opposition from leading transportation groups, the Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 12 unanimously moved to proceed with a proposal that would devote a significant aspect of auto safety airwaves to broadband uses, with a remainder for a new cellular connected-vehicle...

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Ford Adding to Austin Self-Driving Car Operation

Ford Self-Driving Car Operation

Ford Motor Co. is adding to its self-driving car testing operation in Austin, saying Dec. 11 it has secured two pieces of real estate that will be central to the project.

Hojun Choi | Austin (Texas) American-Statesman
December 12, 2019
Government, Business

Industry Leaders: Celadon Drivers, Others Recently Laid Off Likely to Find Work

layoffs

Recent headlines concerning the trucking industry’s economy have been somewhat foreboding, but industry leaders are optimistic workers laid off can find new jobs.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 12, 2019
Government, Business

Freight Stakeholders: USMCA Is ‘Victory’ for Industry

Nancy Pelosi

Freight stakeholders expressed strong support for the recent agreement reached by congressional Democrats and the Trump White House on a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, as the U.S. House readies a vote on the deal before the end of the year.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Issues Final Rule for States to Comply With Clearinghouse Requirements

Technicians test specimens at a Quest Diagnostics lab

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Dec. 12 a final rule extending by three years the date for state driver's licensing agencies to comply with certain Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse requirements.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business

Federal Judge Approves First Stage of Celadon Bankruptcy Plan

Celadon

Celadon Group on Dec. 10 appeared in a federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Del., the day after it announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and wind down its operations under the weight of huge debt obligations and a weakening trucking market.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 12, 2019
Government, Business

Celadon Group Top 10 Unsecured Creditors

Here are the top unsecured creditors that are not company employees listed in Celadon’s bankruptcy petition.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Business

Roadrunner President Michael Gettle Steps Down

Roadrunner truck

Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Gettle is leaving the company, the less-than-truckload and truckload carrier announced Dec. 11.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019