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New Hampshire, Vermont Cancel Joint Truck Driving Championships

NTDC Rubber ducks are used as a scoring tool at the national competition, which the New Hampshire and Vermont competitions feed into. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The combined state truck driving championships of New Hampshire and Vermont have been canceled over coronavirus-related concerns.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government, Business

Trump Revives Infrastructure Ideas, Urges $2 Trillion Spending

Donald Trump (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump called on Congress to provide $2 trillion for U.S. infrastructure, seizing on the coronavirus outbreak to try once again to advance one of his longest-standing priorities.

Mark Niquette | Bloomberg News
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

DOT Opens Funding Opportunity for University Transportation Centers

Bridge construction in the Miami area Bridge construction in the Miami area. Accelerated bridge construction has been one of the topics researched by DOT's University Transportation Centers. (Getty Images)

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced a competitive grant solicitation that makes nearly $5 million available as part of its University Transportation Centers program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government, Business

Mnuchin Asks Airlines to Propose Financial Stake in Aid Bid

Aircraft. (Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News)

Airlines will be required to propose up-front how the federal government could retain financial stakes in their companies in exchange for a share of $61 billion in coronavirus aid designated for the industry, according to guidelines released by the Treasury Department.

Saleha Mohsin | Bloomberg News
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

ATA's Chris Spear: Industry Thankful for Cooperation, but Challenges Remain

Spear Chris Spear speaks at a past industry event. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear is proud of the work his industry is doing to help the nation through the COVID-19 crisis, but notes that challenges lie ahead for business and government as the country remains stymied by the virus.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 31, 2020
Business, Equipment

VTNA, Fontaine Modification Partner on Day Cab

VAH 300 VAH 300 by Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America is partnering with Fontaine Modification Co. to offer its Auto Hauler 300 model, a day cab, at an unladen 94.5-inch height.

March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

FMCSA Issues COVID-19 Waiver for Truck Drivers With Learner Permits

Student driver with trainer A student trains behind the wheel with his instructor. (Roadmaster Drivers School)

Federal trucking regulators have issued a three-month waiver that will allow truck drivers with commercial learner permits to operate during the COVID-19 emergency without a commercial licensed driver in the front seat of the cab, provided the CDL driver is in the truck.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Drops 7.3¢ to $2.586 a Gallon in 12th Straight Decline

Diesel pump Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The U.S. average retail price of diesel fell 7.3 cents to $2.586 per gallon, the Department of Energy reported March 30.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 30, 2020
Business, Safety

Some Instacart, Amazon Workers Strike as Jobs Get Riskier

Bagged groceries from a Kroger grocery store in Mississippi. Bagged groceries from a Kroger grocery store in Mississippi. (Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press)

Some Instacart and Amazon warehouse workers walked off the job March 30 demanding greater safeguards against the coronavirus, even as both companies are speed-hiring hundreds of thousands of new workers to handle a surge in delivery orders.

March 30, 2020
Business, Logistics, Top 100

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