Business
Business, Safety

NTDC Competitors Meet Their Match on Challenging Driving Course

NTDC ball course Drivers had to maneuver through a row of tennis balls. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A sharp left turn to cross over five scoring zones after avoiding a rubber duck and then maneuvering through a row of tennis balls were among the problems tripping up many competitors on the first day on the course at the National Truck Driving Championships.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Senate Bill Would Let Young Truckers Operate in Interstate Commerce

Highway traffic on Interstate 65 in Shepherdsville, Ky. Highway traffic on Interstate 65 in Shepherdsville, Ky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A new bill that would open interstate trucking opportunities to drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 was introduced in the U.S. Senate Aug. 16.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Business, Equipment

US Trailer Orders Boom in Highest-Ever July

Trailer Orders Workers put the finishing touches on new trailers at Utility Trailer’s Clearfield, Utah, factory. (Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.)

U.S. trailer orders broke past 29,000 to set a record for the month of July, shattering the previous high for the month that had stood for 24 years, ACT Research Co. reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Business, Safety

ELD Training Sheds Light on CVSA Competition Expectations

NAIC inspectors NAIC inspectors. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The law enforcement officers participating in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s North American Inspectors Championship will not be asked to inspect electronic logging devices during this year’s competition.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Judge Orders New Federal Review of Keystone XL Pipeline

Keystone XL Pipeline The Keystone Steele City pumping station, into which the planned Keystone XL pipeline is to connect to, is seen in Steele City, Neb. (Nati Harnik/Associated Press)

LINCOLN, Neb. — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL pipeline’s proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route, raising the possibility of further delays to a project first proposed in 2008.

Grant Schulte | Associated Press
August 16, 2018
Business, Safety

2018 NTDC Banner-Hanging Ceremony

Fans attending the National Truck Driving Championships have a competition of their own — securing the prime viewing spots in the exhibit hall.

Transport Topics
August 16, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Nation’s Largest Ports Report Record TEU Volume Levels Ahead of Tariffs

Port of Los Angeles Cranes load and unload shipping containers as trucks cross the Vincent Thomas Bridge at the Port of Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Business is booming at many of the nation’s largest ports, fueled by a strong U.S. economy and, according to experts, a rush to import and export goods before the Trump administration’s tariffs take hold on products from China and other nations.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
August 16, 2018
Business, Safety

Catching Up With FMCSA’s Ray Martinez at NTDC

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez The FMCSA chief speaks during the Breakfast of Champions. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Ray Martinez paid his first visit as the agency’s chief to the National Truck Driving Championships, rallying a crowd that included 424 truck drivers, 52 commercial vehicle inspectors, family members and volunteers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla, Public or Private, Still Will Release Autopilot Safety Data

Tesla logo Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News

Even as CEO Elon Musk pursues the idea of taking Tesla private, the electric automaker has confirmed that it still plans to release safety data on its Autopilot semi-autonomous driving feature.

David R. Baker | San Francisco Chronicle
August 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Top 100

July Class 8 Sales Jump Amid Demand for Safety Tech

Freightliner dealer Freightliner and Western Star trucks for sale at a Texas Premier Truck Group dealership. Freightliner remains the market leader. (Premier Truck Group)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in July were the second-highest of the year, increasing by more than 33% as they cleared 20,000.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018

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