Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Florida Gov. DeSantis Wants Six-Month State Gas Tax Halt Next Year

Florida Gov. DeSantis Wants Six-Month State Gas Tax Halt Next Year A tanker truck filling the tank of a Shell gas station. (TT File Photo)

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Nov. 22 he wants to zero out the state’s gas tax for six months and deliver $1 billion of tax relief at the pump so Florida residents can deal with rising costs that are eating into their household budgets.

David Bauerlein | The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)
November 22, 2021
Business, TCA

Florida Trucking Jobs in High Demand

Student driver Jacqueline James of Orlando, Fla., climbs into her truck for a training session Student driver Jacqueline James climbs into the cab for training at the Truckmaster CDL Training and Testing center in Apopka, Fla. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via Tribune News Services)

Thousands of trucking jobs need to be filled in Florida and trucking companies are offering sign-on bonuses as high as $15,000 to entice applicants with commercial driver licenses.

Skyler Swisher | Orlando Sentinel
October 29, 2021
Business, Fuel

Tropical Storm Fred Makes Landfall on Florida’s Panhandle

Map tracking projected path of Tropical Storm Fred NBC News

Tropical Storm Fred crashed ashore on the Florida panhandle with powerful winds, becoming the fourth system of the 2021 hurricane season to strike the U.S.

Brian K. Sullivan | Bloomberg News
August 16, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Trucking Takes On Lawsuit Abuse in Florida

Florida Supreme Court traveler1116/Getty Images

The Florida Trucking Association and its business allies are taking on lawsuit abuse in the state’s courts, and with the state Legislature, where the climate for change seems to be improving.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 17, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Florida Program Encourages Truckers to Fight Human Trafficking

Florida trafficking Florida Attorney General via YouTube

Florida officials recently launched the Highway Heroes campaign, which aims to involve truck drivers in the fight to end human trafficking.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 27, 2020
Government, Business

Florida Trucking, Government Leaders Provide 500 Free Meals for Truckers

Florida thanks truckers Florida Department of Transportation

Florida transportation officials, police officers and trucking association representatives recently teamed to distribute free meals to truckers at a rest area on Interstate 75 as an act of appreciation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 12, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Jacksonville Port Authority Receives $20 Million Grant

Port of Jacksonville The project is expected to create an additional 15,000 jobs, according to U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. (Getty Images)

The Jacksonville Port Authority is the recipient of a $20 million grant for infrastructure improvements to include reconstructing about 100 acres of pavement at the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal on Blount Island to allow the port to better accommodate large container vessels.

Scott Butler | The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union
November 7, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Florida Hurricane Dorian Leaves Tanks Dry

Hurricane Dorian Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Gas stations in parts of Florida are running out of fuel as drivers race to fill up ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Dorian’s course turned slightly south and now is expected to make landfall near Jupiter, Fla., as a Category 4, with winds reaching 140 miles per hour.

Jeffrey Bair | Bloomberg News
August 30, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo to Test Autonomous Vehicles in Rainy Florida

Waymo Autonomous Mark Lennihan/Associated Press

Google autonomous vehicle spinoff Waymo says it will start testing on public roads in Florida to better experience heavy rain.

August 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Orlando Says It’s Open for Business as Automated Technology Hub

Nissan Testing of self-driving technology in a Nissan vehicle. (Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press)

The Automated Vehicles Symposium conference is attracting some of the heaviest hitters in autonomous vehicles and could be the first step in making Central Florida a hub for the fast-emerging driverless car industry.

Marco Santana | Sentinel Orlando, Fla.
July 17, 2019