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Business, Equipment

Volvo Trucks Adds Upgrade for Ergonomic Workstations

Volvo Trucks The new workstation setup is designed to improve driver productivity, comfort and overall convenience. (Volvo Trucks North America)

Volvo Trucks is offering an ergonomically advanced workstation as an option on its VNL 760, 740 and VNX 740 models.

February 12, 2019

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RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 2 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "Is Trucking Charging Toward an Electric Reality?" is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

J.J. Keller to Offer Dash-Mounted Camera

J.J. Keller will add video event hardware and management tools to its line of safety and compliance solutions beginning in April.

February 12, 2019
Business, Equipment

Jacobs to Supply Engine Brakes for Hino XL Series

Hino XL trucks Classes 7 and 8 XL models. (Hino Trucks)

Jacobs Vehicle Systems announced the launch of a compression release engine brake for 2020 Hino XL Series heavy-duty trucks for the U.S. market.

February 12, 2019
Government, Business

Small Businesses Not Optimistic Over Economic Outlook

Small Business Scott Eells/Bloomberg News

Sentiment among U.S. small businesses slumped in January to the lowest level since Donald Trump became president as the economic outlook weakened amid the longest-ever U.S. government shutdown.

Chibuike Oguh | Bloomberg News
February 12, 2019
Business, Logistics

SteelRiver Infrastructure Looking to Sell Patriot Rail

Railroad tracks Getty Images

SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners is seeking a buyer for Patriot Rail Co., a transportation business that could fetch more than $600 million, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Gillian Tan | Bloomberg News
February 12, 2019
Business, Top 100

New England Motor Freight Shutdown Shakes Less-Than-Truckload Freight Market

New England Motor Freight A NEMF driver in training. (Timmy Shigley via YouTube)

In a move sure to shake up the regional less-than-truckload freight market in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, New England Motor Freight filed for bankruptcy Feb. 11 and said it intends to wind down all of its trucking operations.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
February 12, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks: Texas Tops 2019 ATRI List With 13

Bottlenecks Traffic travels toward the George Washington Bridge. ATRI ranks this area as having the nation’s worst bottleneck. (George McNish/North Jersey Media Group)

The passage to the George Washington Bridge on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River has once again been named the country’s worst bottleneck for trucks. See a map of the 2019 Top 10 and the list of the Top 100.

Eugene Mulero and Melissa Gamache | Staff Reporters
February 12, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Price Freezes at $2.966 a Gallon

Diesel pumps in the snow TT File Photo

The U.S. average retail price of diesel froze during the week of Feb. 11, remaining at $2.966 a gallon.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Sued by California Over Uniform Meal-and-Rest-Break Declaration

Trucks parked at a truck stop Russ MacNeil

California officials are suing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the agency’s determination that federal rest-break laws pre-empt California’s separate meal-and-rest-break requirements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2019
Government, Business

Maryland Bill Would Allow Counties to Veto State Toll Plans

Maryland The Chesapeake Bay Bridge. (formulanone/Flickr)

A Maryland legislator introduced a bill that would require the state to get majority approval from counties before installing tolls on highways and bridges that run through those counties.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2019