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Biden Unveils Sweeping Climate Plan, Moves to Rejoin Paris Pact

President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20. (Patrick Semansky/Bloomberg News) President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20. (Patrick Semansky/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden signed sweeping actions to combat climate change hours after taking the oath of office, moving to rejoin the Paris accord and imposing a moratorium on oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

January 20, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Safety Equipment, Training for Contractors Doesn’t Endanger Status, DOL Says

Independent contractor photovs/Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued an opinion letter ruling that motor carriers can supply independent contractors safety equipment such as dash cams, speed limiters and driver monitoring systems, and also require that they take safety training without jeopardizing their independent contractor status.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 20, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil Tanker Owners Pay to Move Crude in Wake of Supply Cuts

Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 sits anchored off the Strait of Gibraltar in July 2019. (Marcelo del Pozo/Bloomberg News)

Saudi Arabia’s oil production cuts have hit the tanker market so hard that owners of the biggest vessels are effectively subsidizing cargo deliveries on the industry’s main trade route.

Alex Longley | Bloomberg News
January 20, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Maryland DOT Weighs Three Proposals for Major P3

American Legion Bridge American Legion Bridge (WUSA9 via YouTube)

The Maryland Department of Transportation has received three proposals from teams composed of private sector firms interested in becoming the developer for major interstate improvement work.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 20, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Anthony Levandowski Receives Trump Pardon

Anthony Levandowski (left) and attorney Miles Ehrlich exit federal court in San Jose, Calif., in August 2019. Anthony Levandowski (left) and attorney Miles Ehrlich exit federal court in San Jose, Calif., in August 2019. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump pardoned Anthony Levandowski, saving the engineer from more than a year in prison for stealing trade secrets from his former employer, Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo.

Alistair Barr | Bloomberg News
January 20, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Rises 2.6¢; Biden Stops Development of Keystone XL Pipeline

Closeup of diesel fuel The largest gain came in the New England region, where diesel jumped 6.4 cents a gallon to $2.764. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Truckers are continuing to see higher diesel prices as the nationwide cost of trucking’s main fuel rose 2.6 cents, the Energy Information Administration reported Jan. 18.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 19, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Plaintiff Attorneys Often Use 'Reptile Theory' to Win Nuclear Trucking Jury Verdicts, Experts Say

Courtroom scene In trucking accident lawsuits, plaintiff attorneys use the tactic to turn attention away from the incident, and focus instead on a carrier’s safety practices and policies. (Pattanaphong Khuankaew/Getty Images)

In trucking accident lawsuits, the "reptile theory" is a method plaintiff lawyers have deployed in pursuit of so-called “nuclear” jury verdicts.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 19, 2021
Government

Transportation Nominee Buttigieg Vows to Turn Slogan Into Reality

Pete Buttigieg "The U.S. should lead the way — and under this administration, I know it will,” Transportation Secretary nominee Buttigieg says of Biden's directive to enhance the nation's infrastructure. (Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg News)

Pete Buttigieg, Biden’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation, has committed to turn the slogan Build Back Better into reality. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 19, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

US Automakers Plead for Government Help in Growing Chip Crisis

Employees work as Ford Expedition SUVs sit on an assembly line in Louisville, Ky. Employees work as Ford Expedition SUVs sit on an assembly line in Louisville, Ky. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

American automakers are asking the U.S. government to help solve a debilitating shortage of computer chips that is closing auto factories worldwide and could restrict production until the fall.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
January 19, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Biden’s Transportation Aid in COVID-19 Package on Congressional Radar

Subway Part of Biden's plan puts an emphasis on public transportation. (AerialPerspective Works/Getty Images)

The incoming administration is calling on Congress to approve emergency aid for transportation programs as part of a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 19, 2021

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