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Commercial freight transportation is a machine-based business. Highly technical equipment and advanced engineering are at the center of supply chain and require constant innovation. Transport Topics equipment coverage focuses on the machines and other physical assets that make delivery possible. It looks closely at available truck, trailer, and chassis models, developments in the engineering space, and maintenance innovations and best practices. 

Government, Business, Equipment

ATA, Freight Leaders Press Congress on Excise Tax Repeal

Kenworth lot

When they return from their August recess, congressional policymakers should begin the process of repealing a tax on the purchase of new trucks, freight stakeholders indicated recently.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 24, 2023

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Business, Equipment, Logistics

July Cargo Volumes Decline at Most Ports

Houston Ship Channel

Cargo freight volumes in July remain depressed and well below 2022’s record levels, especially at West Coast ports.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
August 24, 2023
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Iowa Grants to Help Community Colleges Expand CDL Training

Truck on Iowa road

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced $5 million in commercial driver license infrastructure grants for community college training centers and new equipment.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
August 24, 2023
Business, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Highlights Truck Parking, Safety at NTDC

FMCSA Administrator Robin Hutcheson

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Biden administration continues to prioritize efforts to expand access to parking for the nation’s truck drivers, the head of FMCSA said Aug. 16.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 23, 2023
Business, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Mullen Launches Production of Class 3 EV Truck

The Mullen Three Class 3 EV

Mullen Automotive says its first Mullen Three, a Class 3 commercial electric truck, has rolled off the assembly line at the company’s plant in Tunica, Miss.

Kevin Smith | San Gabriel Valley (Calif.) Tribune
August 23, 2023
Business, Equipment

Advance Auto Names New CEO Shane O’Kelly

Advance Auto Parts store

Advance Auto Parts Inc. named a new CEO and started a strategic review of the business as it struggles to keep up with inflation.

John Lauerman | Bloomberg News
August 23, 2023
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Volvo Offers Fleets a Leg Up on Charging Infrastructure

Volvo truck charging

Volvo Trucks North America launched a program Aug. 22 it believes will smooth fleet owners’ road to the installation of electric truck charging infrastructure.

Keiron Greenhalgh | Staff Reporter
August 22, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Top Democrats, White House Celebrate CHIPS Act Anniversary

Silicon chip and printed circuit board

A 2022 law key to the Biden White House’s “Build Back Better” economic agenda is helping with freight supply chain connectivity, senior congressional Democrats said recently.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 22, 2023
Business, Equipment, Safety

Ina Daly Honored at NTDC for Career Accomplishments

Ina Daly at NTDC

XPO's Ina Daly's trip to NTDC in Columbus, Ohio, included winning the Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award for best exemplifying the characteristics of a  truck driver. 

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
August 22, 2023
Government, Business, Equipment

Bridgestone Celebrates Tennessee Plant Expansion

Bridgestone plant rendering

Bridgestone Americas celebrated the expansion of its truck and bus radial tire plant in Morrison, Tenn., the company announced Aug. 16.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
August 21, 2023