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Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Endures Busy, Challenging Year, Agency’s Top Official Says

FMCSA Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck

It’s been a busy but productive year for FMCSA officials, Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck said Oct. 23 during American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 23, 2020
Business, Technology

Teleo Capital Completes Acquisition of Rand McNally

Rand McNally TND

Rand McNally announced its acquisition by private equity firm Teleo Capital is completed, and that Teleo named Joseph Roark chairman of the 164-year-old company.

October 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Driver Coaching Takes Personal Touch, Positivity, Panelists Say

Lisa Gonnerman, vice president of safety and security at Transport America

Coaching programs should be geared to the drivers who are receiving training, according to panelists at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Daimler Records Higher Net Income on Lower Revenue in Q3

Daimler Cascadia truck

Daimler AG reported higher net income on lower revenue in the third quarter as core markets began to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 23, 2020
Government, Business

Pelosi, Mnuchin Trade Blame as Stimulus Negotiations Stall

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the burden was on President Trump to push forward on stimulus negotiations.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Oct. 23 put the onus on each other to re-energize flagging stimulus talks as prospects for action on virus relief legislation before the election are fading fast.

October 23, 2020
Business, Safety

Traffic Eases Amid Pandemic, but Trucking Insurance Costs Still on Upward Trajectory

Insurance

Reduced highway traffic during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has lowered the risk of crashes, but this silver lining of the pandemic has provided only a temporary reprieve for trucking companies that have seen escalating insurance costs in recent years.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
October 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Startup Harnesses Data, Telematics in New Insurance Model for Fleets

Chuck Wallace and Reid Spitz

High Definition Vehicle Insurance, launched in 2018, focuses on small and midsize trucking fleets.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
October 23, 2020
Government, Business

Rep. James Clyburn Presses Cargo Carriers on COVID-19 Relief Aid

Atlas Air airplane

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, called on four cargo airlines to return pandemic relief aid.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 23, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics

EV Mania Turns Battery Makers Into Power Brokers

The SK Battery America facility is seen under construction in Commerce, Ga., on Oct. 22.

Automakers are investing billions of dollars to bring new electric vehicles to consumers in the U.S. and other global markets, but their success hinges on securing the most critical and expensive component: the battery.

October 23, 2020
Business, Top 100

Roehl Works With Former Drivers Through Relaunch Program

Roehl Transport truck

Roehl Transport unveiled a program Oct. 21 to add hundreds of jobs for former truck drivers who want to relaunch their careers.

October 23, 2020
Business, Equipment

Whiting Systems Opens New Georgia Distribution Center

Whiting Systems opened a new distribution fulfillment center in Georgia, the company announced Oct. 21.

October 23, 2020
Business, Safety

Confronting COVID-19 in Workplace a Tall Task for Fleets

katharine weber

It takes a robust yet flexible plan from trucking companies to effectively build processes and procedures to curb the risks and spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
October 23, 2020
Business, Safety

Rates Will Increase, But What Else Could 2021 Bring for Truck Insurance?

Year-over-year, motor carriers are having to pay more money for less coverage.

Jennifer Wieroniey | Executive Director, National Accounting & Finance Council, American Trucking Associations
October 23, 2020
Government, Business

Appeals Court Orders Uber, Lyft to Treat Drivers as Employees

Lyft and Uber logos are displayed on the windshield of a vehicle at LAX.

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. face the gravest threat yet to their business models after an appeals court ruled they must treat their drivers in California as employees instead of independent contractors.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
October 23, 2020
Business, Safety

Tesla Is Recalling About 30,000 Imported Vehicles in China

Tesla vehicles are unloaded from car carriers before being shipped from the Port of San Francisco.

Tesla Inc. is recalling about 30,000 imported Model S and Model X vehicles in China because of suspension problems, a setback for the U.S. electric-car maker just as it faces intensifying competition in the world’s largest auto market.

October 23, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

USPS Ordered to Restore High-Speed Machines for Election Mail

A USPS delivery truck in San Diego, Calif., on Sept. 2, 2020.

A federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to restore high-speed mail-sorting machines at any facilities that are unable to process first-class election mail quickly enough — a major concern for states as the postal agency continues to struggle with service performance.

Erik Larson | Bloomberg News
October 23, 2020
Government, Business

On Infrastructure, Trump Touts Regulatory Streamlining, Biden Eyes Clean Energy

Donald Trump and Joe Biden

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden offer differing views for improving the nation's infrastructure.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 23, 2020
Government, Business

Sen. Gardner, Hickenlooper Highlight Policy Records

Colorado highway

While the 2020 presidential contest dominates national headlines, the Senate election cycle is highlighting freight transportation and infrastructure policy of states with key commercial corridors.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 23, 2020
Government, Business

Climate Change Resilience Front-and-Center for House Democrats

U.S. House of Representatives

Pursuing infrastructure policies that adopt climate change resilience is expected next year on Capitol Hill if Democrats retain control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Plus.ai Selects Amazon Web Services as Cloud Provider

Plus.ai truck

Plus .ai, a provider of self-driving truck technology, announced it selected Amazon Web Services as its preferred cloud provider to support the commercial deployment of its system.

October 22, 2020