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March Trailer Orders Hit 29,500, Triple a Year Earlier

Utility 3000R refrigerated trailer A Utlity 3000R refrigerated trailer on display at a trade show. March's 29,500 trailer orders marked a 12% increase over 26,414 in February. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

North American trailer orders for March hit 29,500, more than triple the volume compared with a year earlier, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 14, 2021
Business, Technology

TMC Study Group Continues to Craft Guidance for ADAS Training

TMC ADAS group Amanda Schuier (clockwise from top left), Christopher Sterwerf, Greg Johnsen and Erica Schueller. (TMC/Transport Topics)

Progress is underway for guidance documents for advanced driver assistance systems, according to a Technology & Maintenance Council study group.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 14, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Historic Golf Course Closer to Becoming Trucking and Warehouse Facility

Calumet Country Club 127-acre Calumet Country Club (Calumet Country Club via Facebook)

A historic golf course in the Chicago suburbs is one step closer to becoming a trucking and logistics and warenhouse complex.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 14, 2021
Business

To Retain Workers, Walmart Moves More of Them Full Time

 Customers wait in line outside a Walmart Supercenter store April 7 in Miami. (Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press) Customers wait in line outside a Walmart Supercenter store April 7 in Miami. (Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press)

NEW YORK — Walmart is moving more of its workers full time, with the goal of having two-thirds of its U.S. store hourly jobs be full time with more consistent work schedules by early next year.

Anne D’Innocenzio | Associated Press
April 14, 2021
Business, Equipment

Medium-Duty Sales Rise 36.7% in March, Led by Class 5

Peterbilt 535 and 536 Peterbilt's 535 and 536 models were introduced April 7. (Peterbilt)

U.S. retail sales of Classes 4-7 trucks in March climbed 36.7% compared with a year earlier, riding the surge in demand in Class 5, WardsAuto .com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 14, 2021
Government, Business

Senators Working on Infrastructure Alternative

Utah Senator Mitt Romney Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said the infrastructure plan should be paid for with an increased gas tax and other user fees. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg News)

Utah Republican Mitt Romney said April 14 a group of senators is in the “early stages” of discussing a potential counterproposal to President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure and spending plan that would be more narrowly focused and less expensive.

April 14, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Tractor-Trailer Interfaces Take Shape in Many Ways

tractor to trailer connections Tractor-to-trailer air and electrical connections.(Technology & Maintenance Council)

Efforts to ensure the needed connections for exchanging more data between a tractor and trailer continue from many directions as electronics and sensors are increasingly coming to trailers, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 14, 2021
Government, Business, Breaking News

Biden Taps Meera Joshi to Lead FMCSA

Meera Joshi Meera Joshi in 2015. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg)

President Joe Biden announced April 14 that he intends to nominate Meera Joshi to serve as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 14, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Egypt Seizes Ever Given Pending $900 Million Compensation

The Ever Given containership along the Suez Canal in March Tug boats pull the Ever Given containership along the Suez Canal after being freed from the canal bank in Suez, Egypt, on March 29. (Islam Safwat/Bloomberg News)

Egypt seized the giant container vessel that blocked the Suez Canal last month as part of an effort to get more than $900 million in compensation.

April 14, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Audi Takes On Tesla’s Model Y With Entry-Priced Electric SUV

Audi Q4 e-tron concept The Audi Q4 e-tron concept SUV is unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 5, 2019. (Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg)

Audi’s new Q4 e-tron will go head-to-head with Tesla Inc. in the fast-growing market of compact crossover SUVs to help parent Volkswagen AG narrow its electric-car sales gap with the world leader.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
April 14, 2021

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