Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Trucking Industry's Great Work in 2020 Will Pay Dividends in 2021, ATA’s Spear Says

Chris Spear ATA President Chris Spear testifies on Capitol Hill last February. In a recent interview with Transport Topics Radio, Spear said 2020 was a defining year for trucking. (Ways & Means Committee via YouTube)

The trucking industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a boost in public perception that will endure for years to come, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear told Transport Topics.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 28, 2020
Government, Business

Trump Signs Virus Relief, Government Spending Package

President Trump waves (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News) While he signed the bill, Trump still demanded that the $600 stimulus checks be boosted to $2,000. (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump signed a bill containing $900 billion in pandemic relief, backing down from last-minute demands that undercut his own negotiating team, risked a government shutdown and delayed widely supported economic aid as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

December 27, 2020
Government, Business

Pelosi Urges Trump to Press GOP to Back $2,000 Checks

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 20. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 20. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg News)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged swift action on new legislation boosting stimulus payments for individuals to $2,000, urging Republicans to join Democrats in meeting a last-minute demand from President Donald Trump that threw a historic pandemic relief package into doubt.

December 23, 2020
Business, Logistics

Last-Minute Shoppers Avoid Stores, Adding to Delivery Surge

Amazon boxes sit at a USPS facility in Fairfax, Va., in May. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News) Amazon boxes sit at a USPS facility in Fairfax, Va., in May. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

American shoppers shunned stores and extended their online binge during the last weekend before Christmas, adding to a package-delivery logjam that’s now reaching a crescendo.

December 22, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Hundreds of Truck Drivers Stranded in Britain Due to Coronavirus Restrictions

Trucks sit parked outside the closed Port of Dover on Dec. 22. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press) Trucks sit parked outside the closed Port of Dover on Dec. 22. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)

Hundreds of stranded truck drivers hoped to get the green light to leave Britain on Dec. 22 as the country found itself increasingly isolated and its trade bottled up, cut off by neighbors afraid of a new strain of the coronavirus circulating in England.

Pan Pylas | Associated Press
December 22, 2020
Business, Logistics, Breaking News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Slides 3.8% in November

Trucks on the road in autumn When measured month-to-month, tonnage increased 3.7%. ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said the rise was fueled by a rush in e-commerce sales. (Willowpix/Getty Images)

Truck tonnage in November declined a seasonally adjusted 3.8%, marking the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year declines, American Trucking Associations said Dec. 22. However, the ATA For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 3.7% in November after falling 5% in October when measured month-to-month.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 22, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Bottlenecks Wear Down World Economy’s Fleet of Containerships

Gantry cranes sit idle at a container terminal in Long Beach, Calif. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg News) Gantry cranes sit idle at a container terminal in Long Beach, Calif. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg News)

Container shipping, the backbone of the global trading system, is showing signs of fatigue as the pandemic descends into its darkest days.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
December 22, 2020
Government, Business

Congress OKs COVID Relief, Government Funding Package

The U.S. Capitol building at dusk on Dec. 21. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press) The U.S. Capitol building at dusk on Dec. 21. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Congress passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package Dec. 21 that would finally deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Andrew Taylor | Associated Press
December 21, 2020
Government, Business

US Airlines Carry 1 Million Passengers for Third Straight Day

Travelers walk through the Salt Lake City International Airport on Nov. 25. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press) Travelers walk through the Salt Lake City International Airport on Nov. 25. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

Americans are putting aside health risks and flying in increasing numbers during the Christmas holiday season.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
December 21, 2020
Business, Logistics

Trucking Faces Transitional Year in 2021

Driver with packages Online ordering will become a permanent habit for many. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg)

Trucking is entering a year of change as the industry confronts a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic and adjusts to new practices.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
December 21, 2020

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