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DTNA Moves to Limit Truck Production

Daimler Freightliner trucks at an industry show. The company is a subsidiary of DTNA. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Daimler Trucks North America announced March 24 it will begin limiting production at its facilities in the U.S. and Mexico, citing emerging supply disruptions tied to COVID-19 that will soon impact its production operations.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 24, 2020
Business, Logistics, TCA

As Great Lakes Shipping Starts, Extra Precautions for COVID-19 Are Taken

A freighter ship arrives at one of the docks at the Port of Duluth-Superior in 2012. A freighter ship arrives at one of the docks at the Port of Duluth-Superior in 2012. (Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg News)

The season’s first load of iron ore left the Duluth harbor before dawn March 22, carrying with it some extra cargo — caution over the spread of coronavirus.

Brooks Johnson | The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
March 24, 2020
Government, Business

Experts Offer Best Practices for Coronavirus Response

Disneyland A locked gate at Disneyland by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Transportation and emergency management professionals recently stressed the importance of organization and communication as agencies respond to the coronavirus.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 24, 2020
Government, Business

Tesla Asked by N.Y. Assemblyman to Make Ventilators in State

Vehicles sit parked outside the Tesla solar panel factory in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2018. Vehicles sit parked outside the Tesla solar panel factory in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2018. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

A New York assemblyman has asked Elon Musk to make ventilators at Tesla Inc.’s state-subsidized solar factory, which may be unable to meet hiring goals because of a shutdown order.

March 24, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

$2.2 Trillion Stimulus Plan Aids Small Businesses, Families

Transportation Priorities Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at a past press conference. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

The $2.2 trillion economic rescue plan advanced by Congress will target aspects of the supply chain and commercial transportation networks that are struggling after the coronavirus pandemic crippled much of the country’s economy.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 24, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

Paccar Recalls 35,671 Peterbilt Trucks for Fire Risk

A Peterbilt Model 579 A Peterbilt Model 579 comes off the production line. Paccar says it believes that only 1% of the recalled trucks are defective. (Peterbilt Motor Co.)

Peterbilt Motor Co. is recalling 35,671 trucks to repair an issue with battery cables on certain models, according to a March 18 notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
March 24, 2020
Business

GM’s Draw-Down Preserves Dividend, Signals Edge Over Ford

Pickup truck frames sit on the assembly line at the GM plant in Flint, Mich., in 2019. Pickup truck frames sit on the assembly line at the GM plant in Flint, Mich., in 2019. (Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News)

General Motors Co. joined Ford Motor Co. in tapping its credit lines to stock up on cash, but the bigger automaker is signaling superiority over its Detroit rival by leaving its dividend intact for now.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
March 24, 2020
Government, Business

FMCSA Grants Limited Exemptions for Expired CDLs, Medical Cards

Trucks on highway Getty Images

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 24 issued a formal notice that it will not take enforcement action for certain expired commercial driver licenses, learner permits and medical certifications through June 30.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 24, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Breaking News

Tonnage Up 2.6% in February

Tonnage A flatbed truck in Indiana. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Truck tonnage in February rose 2.6% when compared with year-ago levels, according to American Trucking Associations.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 24, 2020
Business

Ford Helping GE Make Ventilators, 3M Manufacture Respirators

A 3M face mask. (Brent Lewin/Bloomberg News)

Ford Motor Co. is throwing its design and production prowess behind two other manufacturers’ efforts to build more ventilators and respirators for health care workers and first responders.

March 24, 2020

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