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Fed ‘Beige Book’ Cites Mixed Picture of Trucking

Federal Reserve districts reported some regional slowdowns in trucking in the first few months this year, the Fed said Wednesday in its latest “beige book” survey of economic conditions.

March 8, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

Editorial: Opening the U.S.-Mexico Border

The Department of Transportation’s move to conduct a broad test of opening the U.S.-Mexican border to truck traffic is a prudent step toward honoring mutual commitments made by both nations when the North American Free Trade Agreement was ratified.

March 7, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

Washington State Court Backs Drivers’ Overtime

In a 5-4 opinion, the Washington State Supreme Court has interpreted a state overtime provision to apply to interstate truck drivers who work in excess of 40 hours in a week, regardless of whether a portion of those working hours take place outside of the state.

March 7, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

DOT Shows Interest in Study of Heavier Trucks’ Effect on Highways

OTAY MESA, Calif. — U.S. Department of Transportation officials said they would be interested in a potential study of larger or heavier trucks, suggested recently by the chairman of the House transportation committee.

Sean McNally | Staff Reporter
March 7, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

DHS Says Security Won’t Lessen When Trucks Enter From Mexico

EL PASO, Texas — The Transportation Department’s pilot project allowing a limited number of Mexican carriers to access U.S. highways would not diminish security at the border, Michael Jackson, deputy secretary of Homeland Security, said at a Feb. 23 press conference.

Sean McNally | Staff Reporter
March 7, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

Sen. Murray Sets Hearing on Border Plan

WASHINGTON — Advocacy groups and congressional leaders, citing safety concerns, questioned the Department of Transportation’s decision to allow Mexican trucks into the United States, and a key senator said she would hold a hearing on the issue.

March 7, 2007
Business, Fuel, Autonomous

Fleets Face Few Hurdles With New Power Plants

As the trucking industry shifts to the next generation of low-emission diesel engines, some fleet maintenance managers said they have experienced few problems with the transition, which presents maintenance adjustments for heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks alike.

Rob Fernandez | Special to Transport Topics
March 5, 2007
Business, Autonomous

Scania May Name VW’s Winterkorn Chairman

Swedish truck maker Scania AB’s Chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder may step down from his position this week, to be replaced by Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn, Bloomberg reported Monday.

March 5, 2007
Business, Logistics, Government, Autonomous

More Fleets Enter China Offering Trucking, Logistics

Schneider National Inc., which recently received a license to operate as a domestic carrier in China, is at the leading edge of a growing Asian investment wave by U.S. fleets, joining both truckload and less-than-truckload companies that have partnerships or logistics operations there.

Frederick Kiel | Staff Reporter
March 2, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

December Nafta Surface Trade Dips 0.1%, DOT Says

Surface trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico dipped 0.1% in December from the same month a year earlier, though both truck and rail numbers rose, the Department of Transportation said.

March 1, 2007

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