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Business, Equipment

Task Forces Set Sights on Controlling Corrosion

Examples of corrosion shown during task force session at the 2021 TMC Spring Meeting

An American Trucking Associations Technology & Maintenance Council task force called for action April 16 to develop best practices to address cab corrosion.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 16, 2021
Government, Business

Sen. Roy Blunt Sees Path to Scaled-Down Infrastructure Deal

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt

A senior Republican senator said fees for airports and other infrastructure, along with levies for highways, could be used to fund a bipartisan investment package, amid GOP opposition to the corporate tax hikes proposed by President Joe Biden.

April 16, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 100

J.B. Hunt Reports Q1 Revenue Increased to $2.6B

J.B. Hunt truck on highway

J.B. Hunt Transport Services saw revenue and earnings increase due to strong segment growth during the first quarter of 2021, the company reported April 15.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 16, 2021
Business, Logistics

Drivers at Grocery Startup Imperfect Foods Vote to Unionize

Imperfect Foods home delivery

Drivers at grocery delivery startup Imperfect Foods Inc. have voted to unionize, an apparent victory for organized labor as it steps up efforts to make inroads into California’s fast-growing startups. The company said it would challenge the results.

April 16, 2021
Government, Business

Consumer Sentiment Rises Along With Inflation Expectations

Shoppers carry bags on Market Street in San Francisco

U.S. consumer sentiment improved in April following another round of fiscal stimulus and as job growth accelerated. At the same time, inflation expectations surged to the highest in nine years.

Payne Lubbers | Bloomberg News
April 16, 2021
Government, Business

Home Construction Rebounds in March

A 'sold' sign on a lot as new home construction continues in Westfield, Ind.

WASHINGTON — U.S. housing construction rebounded strongly in March with home builders recovering from an unusually frigid February that shut down projects.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
April 16, 2021
Government, Business, TCA

Port Manatee Sees Record Container Cargo Business

Port Manatee in Florida

PORT MANATEE, Fla. — In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, Port Manatee is experiencing a boom in business with containerized cargo trade increasing nearly 74% in the six months ending March 31, compared to the same period a year earlier.

James A. Jones Jr. | The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald
April 16, 2021
Business

Daimler Profit Tops Estimates as China Leads Sales Recovery

Mercedes trucks and vans

Daimler AG reported significantly better first-quarter earnings than analysts expected, driven by strong demand for Mercedes-Benz cars, particularly in China.

April 16, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Walmart Invests in Cruise, the GM-Backed Autonomous-Car Startup

Cruise vehicle

Walmart is taking an undisclosed stake in Cruise, the autonomous-vehicle technology company that’s majority-owned by General Motors Co.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
April 16, 2021
Business

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Transport Topics Radio

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April 16, 2021
Government, Business

Buttigieg Promotes Budget for DOT, Touts Infrastructure Plan

USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg

The Biden administration’s proposal to increase funding for operations at the U.S. Department of Transportation would enhance the flow of commerce and respond to concerns linked to climate change, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg told House lawmakers April 15.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 15, 2021
Government, Business

Supply Chain Industry Calls on Congress to Pass DRIVE-Safe Act

young driver

A group of supply chain industry representatives, including trucking leaders, sent a letter to members of Congress on April 14 urging them to pass legislation that would allow truckers under age 21 to drive across state lines.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 15, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

TuSimple Raises $1.35 Billion Through IPO

TuSimple Nasdaq

Autonomous truck developer TuSimple raised $1.35 billion through its initial public offering, a move that will help fund the company’s push to commercialize self-driving trucks and expand its autonomous freight network across the United States.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
April 15, 2021
Government, Business

In Pandemic-Era First, Driving on US Highways Tops 2019 Levels

Traffic moves along Highway 101 in San Francisco, Calif., on Nov. 25. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Here’s the latest sign of the great U.S. gasoline comeback: For the first time since the pandemic started, driving on the nation’s highways is higher than at the same time in 2019.

Andres Guerra Luz | Bloomberg News
April 15, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Looking to Hire a ‘Fresh-Faced Veteran’ Maintenance Tech? Good Luck

military driver

Recruiting military veterans for maintenance positions in trucking fleets’ repair shops is an industry goal, but the prospect of finding and transitioning young vets to become civilian service technicians can be challenging.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 15, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

TMC Highlights Big Changes to VMRS Coding System

VMRS diagnostics

A vehicle maintenance coding system used by repair shops across the trucking industry is receiving an update that has been years in the making, and is also evolving to include the burgeoning electric vehicle segment.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 15, 2021
Government, Safety

Ohio DOT Advances 2021 Construction Program

Interstate 70 East in Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio Department of Transportation has launched its 2021 construction season, which represents an investment of nearly $2 billion.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 15, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Republicans Seek Broader Curbs on Exports of Chip Tools to China

A wafer is processed in a semiconductor manufacturing facility in Malta, N.Y. (Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg News)

Two Republican lawmakers called for broader American restrictions on the sale of chip-making tools after the U.S. government placed several Chinese supercomputing firms on an export blacklist, saying even tougher rules are needed to prevent the People’s Liberation Army from using sensitive...

Scott Lanman | Bloomberg News
April 15, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Fed Sees Supply Chain Issues Growing Despite Better US Outlook

Vehicles pass in front of the Federal Reserve building in Washington. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

The Federal Reserve is seeing both labor and material shortages mounting across several sectors of the U.S. economy, which may have consumers paying even more for everything from fuel to new homes.

Payne Lubbers | Bloomberg News
April 15, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

TMC Plans Closer Look at Mirrorlike Camera Monitor Systems

camera monitoring systems

The increasing interest in camera monitor systems has prompted the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations to decide how it can help fleets understand how the systems would best fit into the truck cab environment.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 15, 2021