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DOT Expands AV TEST Program

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded the Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative from a pilot to a full program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 12, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Rises 3¢ to $2.67 a Gallon

Diesel pumping The largest gain in the price of diesel came in the Lower Atlantic, where it jumped by 6.8 cents per gallon to $2.608. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

The first full week of 2021 saw the nationwide price of diesel continue to rise, as it had for the last weeks of 2020. Trucking’s main fuel notched a 3-cent increase, according to the Energy Information Administration’s weekly data released Jan. 11.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 11, 2021
Business, Technology

Lucid Motors Reportedly in Talks to Go Public

The Lucid Motors headquarters stands in Newark, Calif., in August 2020. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News) The Lucid Motors headquarters stands in Newark, Calif., in August 2020. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors Inc. is in talks to go public through a merger with one of Michael Klein’s special-purpose acquisition companies, according to people familiar with the matter.

January 11, 2021
Business, Equipment

US Tarp Partners With New Life Transport Parts Center

Driver checking tarp on truck A truck driver checks the tarp on the back of her vehicle. (Smederevac/Getty Images)

US Tarp announced a partnership agreement with New Life Transport Parts Center to continue to distribute its tarps and replacement parts through the centers.

January 11, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Rhode Island, New York Top Advocates Group Highway Safety Ranking

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Rhode Island and New York have tied for the top spot on Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety’s list evaluating states’ road safety enforcement efforts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 11, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel

Pilot, RTS Announce Partnership Aimed at Fleets

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Travel center operator Pilot Co. and RTS Financial announced their fuel and factoring partnership with a variety of services.

January 11, 2021
Business, Logistics

ABF Freight President Tim Thorne Announces Retirement Plans

ABF Freight truck ABF Freight truck at NTDC 2018. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The president of less-than-truckload fleet ABF Freight will retire later this year after more than three decades with the carrier, parent company ArcBest announced.

January 11, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Railroads Achieve Full Positive Train Control Implementation, FRA Says

Railroad engineer using PTC technology A Union Pacific engineer using PTC technology. The technology is operational across the 57,536 railroad route miles as required by federal law, the FRA said Dec. 29. (Union Pacific)

The country’s freight and passenger railways are operating with automatic braking system technology, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 11, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

ELDs Have Improved HOS Compliance in First Year Since Full Implementation

ELD inspector An ELD inspector. Since the ELD rule’s initial December 2017 compliance date, roadside driver inspections with hours-of-service violations have dropped by more than 50%. (FMCSA)

The federal electronic logging device mandate has leveled the playing field among motor carriers and reduced driver hours-of-service violations, but it may still be too early to determine how ELDs have affected safety on the nation’s roadways, industry experts said.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 11, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Geotab Releases Next-Gen Version of Flagship Telematics Device

Geotab released the latest version of its flagship GO9 telematics solution, which now includes high-speed wireless connectivity, the company announced Jan. 11.

January 11, 2021