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Government, Business

Economic Recovery Threatened by COVID-19 Resurgence, Experts Say

Trucks on the highway

The U.S. economy, which had begun to improve, is now in jeopardy of stalling amid rising cases of COVID-19 infections.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
July 15, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Texas County Gives Thumbs Up to Tesla Factory Tax Break

The Tesla company logo is seen on teh rear deck of an unsold 2020 Model X at a dealership in Colorado on April 26.

The prospect of a Tesla Inc. factory in the Austin, Texas, area has moved a big step closer to reality, after Travis County commissioners on July 14 approved tax breaks the electric vehicle maker requested.

Bob Sechler | Austin American-Statesman
July 15, 2020
Government, Business

Extension of Airline Payroll Aid Sought by Unions, Lawmakers

Delta Air Lines are seen at Dulles International Airport on June 1.

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers along with airline unions are calling for an extension of federal aid to prevent an expected wave of layoffs starting in October.

July 15, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Navistar, TuSimple Partner to Launch Self-Driving Trucks in 2024

TuSimple  truck

Truck and engine maker Navistar International Corp. and TuSimple, a global self-driving technology company, announced they have entered into a strategic partnership.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
July 15, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla Shares Take a Breather After Historic Run

A man walks past a Tesla Model X electric vehicle on display at a showroom in Hong Kong.

After a torrid rally that saw shares more than double since early May, Tesla Inc. is taking a pause on July 15, even as the broader market rises on the hopes for a coronavirus vaccine.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
July 15, 2020
Business, Equipment

Medium-Duty Sales in June Slide 18.8%

Navistar International truck

U.S. retail sales of Classes 4-7 medium-duty trucks in June dropped 18.8% to just under 18,000 units, WardsAuto.com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
July 15, 2020
Business

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July 15, 2020
Government, Business

US Industrial Output Surges by Most Since 1959 on Reopening

A worker welds a lawnmower frame.

U.S. industrial production in June posted the largest monthly gain since 1959, indicating manufacturing is stirring to life after coronavirus-related shutdowns.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
July 15, 2020
Government, Business

Watch Replay of Newsmakers Series Debut With ATA’s Bob Costello

Newsmakers video series from Transport Topics

American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello discussed how trucking has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic to kick off a new video interview series from Transport Topics on July 9 called Newsmakers. Here's how to view the replay.

July 15, 2020
Government

House Panel OKs Fiscal 2021 Transportation Funding Bill

Trucks on I-71 in Northern Kentucky

Legislation that would increase funding for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was approved July 14 during a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 14, 2020
Government, Safety

FAA’s Failure to Cull Bad Pilots Cited in Fatal Atlas Crash

A plane silhouetted in the sky.

The fatal crash of a cargo plane last year was caused in part by the failure of the U.S. federal government to establish a reliable system of weeding out unqualified airline pilots, investigators concluded.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
July 14, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Biden Touts Union Jobs in $2 Trillion Plan to Build Clean Energy

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the campaign event in Wilmington, Del., on July 14.

Joe Biden unveiled plans July 14 to spend $2 trillion galvanizing a clean energy economy, with ambitions to spur millions of union jobs building the wind turbines, sustainable homes and electric vehicles needed to rapidly throttle U.S. greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change.

July 14, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Trucking Freight Increases 3% Year-Over-Year, ATA Report Says

Trucks

The trucking industry collectively moved 11.84 billion tons of freight in 2019, according to American Trucking Associations’ annual data compendium — ATA American Trucking Trends 2020 — which was released July 13. That figure is a 3% year-over-year increase from 2018’s 11.49 tons of freight.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
July 14, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Boeing Loses 60 Max Jet Orders in June With Virus Crimping Buyers

Instruments and controls sit in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 Max jetliner.

Boeing Co.’s order stockpile shrank further last month as airlines and lessors backed out of commitments for the grounded 737 Max jetliner in a market devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Julie Johnsson | Bloomberg News
July 14, 2020
Business, TCA

Manuel ‘Matty’ Moroun, Owner of Ambassador Bridge, Dies at 93

Trucking magnate Manuel 'Matty' Moroun is photographed at the Central Transport headquarters office in Warren, Mich., in February 2018.

Billionaire Manuel “Matty” Moroun died July 12 of congestive heart failure, following a lucrative, decadeslong business career marked by his ownership of the iconic Ambassador Bridge and his knack for generating high-profile controversy. He was 93.

July 14, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

OPEC Sees Demand for Its Crude Above Pre-Virus Levels in 2021

Gas flares burn from pipes aboard an offshore oil platform.

OPEC expects demand for its crude oil to rebound sharply next year, surpassing levels seen before the coronavirus crisis, as rival producers struggle to revive output.

Grant Smith | Bloomberg News
July 14, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

15 States Agree to Work Together for All Heavy Trucks to Be Electric by 2050

Hyliion truck

A total of 15 states and the District of Columbia have signed a joint memorandum of understanding committing to work collaboratively to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks and other vehicles.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 14, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Spiking Cost of Gasoline Pushes June Consumer Prices Up 0.6%

Rising gasoline costs were the primary contributor to the consumer price rebound.

U.S. consumer prices increased 0.6% in June, after three months of declines, with a big jump in gasoline prices accounting for over half of the gain.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
July 14, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics

FMCSA to Analyze Safety Practices for Small Delivery Trucks, Vans

Rows of Amazon Prime delivery vans on a parking lot

Federal trucking regulators are seeking information on the safety operations of small commercial trucks and vans making deliveries for online retailers and grocery stores that seem to be increasing in number in recent months, but staying mostly under the regulatory radar.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 13, 2020
Government, Safety

FMCSA Extends Emergency Relief Declaration to Aug. 14

A truck hauling livestock

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration again extended its emergency relief declaration for truckers directly assisting with coronavirus-related efforts, this time to Aug. 14.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 13, 2020