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Department of Labor Opinion: Driver Sleeper Berth Off-Duty Time Need Not Be Compensated

Driver and her dogs in a sleeper berth A driver and her dogs relax in the truck's sleeper berth. (TruckPR/Flickr)

The U.S. Department of Labor has clarified that the time drivers spend in sleeper berths does not count as compensable time, unless they are actually performing work or are on call.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
July 23, 2019
Government, Business

ATA’s Truck Tonnage Index Falls 1.1% in June

Tank truck on highway Heavy freight sectors, like tank truck, are witnessing better freight levels than sectors like dry van. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

American Trucking Associations’ June advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index declined by 1.1% in June, after also falling 4% in May.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
July 23, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Agricultural Commodity, Livestock Definitions in HOS Rules

FMCSA Getty Images

In an effort to provide clarity for U.S. farmers and commercial drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on July 22 announced it is seeking public comment on revising agricultural commodity or livestock definitions in hours-of-service regulations.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
July 23, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Top 100

Availability of Medium-Duty E-Trucks Is Limited as Testing Continues

Penske medium-duty truck Penske Truck Leasing is conducting tests with 10 medium-duty Freightliner eM2s in California. (Penske Truck Leasing)

Battery-electric medium-duty trucks may have a bright future due to their potential to reduce operational costs and improve sustainability. But currently, the availability of these trucks is limited as testing continues.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
July 23, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Drops 0.7¢ to $3.044 a Gallon as Oil Prices Hold Steady

Diesel David Tan/Flickr

The U.S. average retail price of diesel dropped by 0.7 cent to $3.044 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported July 22. Meanwhile, crude oil rose to slightly more than $56 a barrel during trading of West Texas Intermediate.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
July 22, 2019
Government, Safety

Federal Watchdog Recommends Congress Improve Freight Infrastructure Grants

Interstate 25 in Colorado Motorists struggle through a backup on Interstate 25 southbound Jan. 24, 2019, as a winter storm slows travel in Denver. In fiscal 2018, Colorado was awarded a grant to widen an 18-mile stretch of I-25. (Associated Press/David Zalubowski)

In a report raising concerns about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s management of infrastructure grants popular among state officials, the Government Accountability Office recommended Congress reform the program.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 22, 2019
Government, Business

Pennsylvania Turnpike Tolls to Rise — Again

Pennsylvania Turnpike Entrance to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. (Wikicommons)

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 6% toll rate increase to keep pace with rising debt-service costs.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 22, 2019
Government, Fuel

Millions of Barrels of Iran Oil Are Sitting in China’s Ports

Oil tanker A crewmember handles an oil drum aboard the deck of the oil tanker Devon. (Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg)

Tankers are offloading millions of barrels of Iranian oil into storage tanks at Chinese ports, creating a hoard of crude sitting on the doorstep of the world’s biggest buyer.

Bloomberg News
July 22, 2019
Government, Business

China Considers Plan to Boost Purchases of US Soybeans

Soybeans are loaded into a truck at a grain elevator Soybeans are loaded into a truck at a grain elevator in Ohio, Illinois, on June 19, 2018.

The Chinese government is in discussions with state and privately owned soybean buyers over a plan to raise purchases of U.S. supplies, according to people familiar with the situation.

Bloomberg News
July 22, 2019
Government

AASHTO Announces FHWA’s Brandye Hendrickson as New Deputy Director

Brandye Hendrickson Brandye Hendrickson by fhwa.dot.gov

Brandye Hendrickson, deputy administrator at the Federal Highway Administration, will be leaving her post and joining the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 22, 2019

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