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Ford Adding to Austin Self-Driving Car Operation

Ford Self-Driving Car Operation One of the test vehicles from Argo AI and Ford in Pittsburgh. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

Ford Motor Co. is adding to its self-driving car testing operation in Austin, saying Dec. 11 it has secured two pieces of real estate that will be central to the project.

Hojun Choi | Austin (Texas) American-Statesman
December 12, 2019
Government, Business

Industry Leaders: Celadon Drivers, Others Recently Laid Off Likely to Find Work

layoffs In the first nine months of 2019, according to Broughton Capital, 795 trucking firms shut down, more than in all of 2018 when 310 companies shut their doors. (Chalirmpoj Pimpisarn/Getty Images)

Recent headlines concerning the trucking industry’s economy have been somewhat foreboding, but industry leaders are optimistic workers laid off can find new jobs.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 12, 2019
Government, Business

Freight Stakeholders: USMCA Is ‘Victory’ for Industry

Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gestures at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 10, 2019. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

Freight stakeholders expressed strong support for the recent agreement reached by congressional Democrats and the Trump White House on a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, as the U.S. House readies a vote on the deal before the end of the year.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Issues Final Rule for States to Comply With Clearinghouse Requirements

Technicians test specimens at a Quest Diagnostics lab Technicians test specimens at the Quest Diagnostics laboratory in Teterboro, N.J. (Quest Diagnostics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Dec. 12 a final rule extending by three years the date for state driver's licensing agencies to comply with certain Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse requirements.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business

Federal Judge Approves First Stage of Celadon Bankruptcy Plan

Celadon John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Celadon Group on Dec. 10 appeared in a federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Del., the day after it announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and wind down its operations under the weight of huge debt obligations and a weakening trucking market.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 12, 2019
Government, Business

Celadon Group Top 10 Unsecured Creditors

Here are the top unsecured creditors that are not company employees listed in Celadon’s bankruptcy petition.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Business

Roadrunner President Michael Gettle Steps Down

Roadrunner truck Roadrunner President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Gettle is leaving the company but will assist the company with the transition of his responsibilities over the next few months. (Roadrunner Transportation Services Inc.)

Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Gettle is leaving the company, the less-than-truckload and truckload carrier announced Dec. 11.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Sen. Roger Wicker Addresses Impaired Driving, Hair Testing in New Bill

Hair Testing Technician preps hair for drug testing in Quest Diagnostics laboratory. (Quest Diagnostics)

Legislation seeking to improve drug testing for employees in safety-sensitive transportation posts was easily advanced by a U.S. Senate panel on Dec. 11.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Fuel-Trading Routes Revamped as 2020 Dynamics Take Hold

Devon oil tanker A view of the Persian Gulf from inside Devon, an oil tanker transferring oil to exporting markets. (Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg)

Shippers have fewer than three weeks until new rules kick in forcing them to burn cleaner fuels, but the regulations are already redefining key trade routes in the global oil-product markets.

Jack Wittels | Bloomberg News
December 12, 2019
Business

UAW Workers Ratify Contract With Fiat Chrysler

Fiat logo on vehicle Bob Edme/Associated Press

DETROIT — Unionized workers at Fiat Chrysler have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new four-year contract with the company.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
December 12, 2019

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