Government, Business

Economists Paint Rosy Forecast for Trucking

Rosy Forecast From left: Costello, Gill, Plastics Industry Association Chief Economist Perc Pineda and Sanchez. (Joe Antoshak/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Economists for trade associations representing manufacturing, construction and retail industries said during an industry conference here that they expect positive growth to continue for the remainder of 2018, with little chance of a downturn over the next year or so despite the threat of increasing trade tensions, rising interest rates and higher costs.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
September 6, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Kentucky, FHWA Officials Reach Agreement on I-165 Designation

I-165 Designation I-165 formerly was known as the I-65 Spur. (Jimmy Emerson, DVM/Flickr)

State and federal transportation officials amended on Sept. 4 the William H. Natcher Parkway-I-165 conversion agreement to designate the highway stretching from Bowling Green to Owensboro an interstate before several interchange projects along it are completed.

Austin Ramsey | Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, Ky.)
September 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Airlines Are Stepping Up Oil Hedges Before 2020 Shipping Rule Bites

2020 Shipping Rule Cargo planes. (Lajos Jardai/Bloomberg News)

Airlines are starting to hedge against the risk that fuel prices could be driven higher by rules targeting another industry’s environmental performance.

Alex Longley | Bloomberg News
September 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Lack of Action in Congress on Autonomous Technology Could Hinder States, Lawmaker Warns

hands-free driver Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The small role Congress currently plays in policy for autonomous vehicle technology could eventually slow, or impede, progress for states and firms testing such systems, a key House transportation authorizer warned on Sept. 5.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Florida Scores Biggest Annual Gain in Heavy-Duty Clean Diesel Trucks

Oakley An Oakley Transport tanker. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Florida posted the biggest surge among states in the use of heavy-duty trucks with clean diesel engines in 2017, notching an 81% jump compared with a year earlier, according to data from IHS Markit. This increase came as fleet confidence in the technology took hold and more freight-hauling opportunities opened up in the nation’s fourth-largest state economy, other experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA Medical Registry Hack Still Causes Delays Nine Months Later

doctor with medical files Tashi-Delek

An “incursion” nine months ago that shut down the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners still is causing delays in registering new examiners and backlogs for medical examiners to upload truck driver examinations, officials said.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018
Government, Business

Pavement Trade Association Files HOS Exemption Request

Concrete truck heads to unload its payload Getty Images

The American Concrete Pavement Association has requested exemption from certain hours-of-service regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Chief Ray Martinez to Address Key Industry Issues at MCE

Ray Martinez Ray Martinez (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Ray Martinez will be a keynote speaker at American Trucking Associations’ conference next month to provide an update on new rules covering the industry.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018
Government, Business

Trucks Targeted for Toll Increase in Indiana’s Infrastructure Plan

A truck travels Indiana Toll Road CrossCountryRoads via YouTube

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s recently announced $1 billion infrastructure plan will rely on a 35% increase to the rates that pertain to trucks on the Indiana Toll Road.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Utah Driver Sues Tesla After Crashing in Autopilot Mode

Damaged Tesla and firetruck A May 11 collision involving a Tesla Model S sedan with a fire department mechanic truck stopped at a red light in South Jordan, Utah. (South Jordan Police Department via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah driver who slammed her Tesla into a stopped firetruck at a red light earlier this year while using the vehicle’s semi-autonomous function has sued the company, saying salespeople told her the car would stop on its own in Autopilot mode if something were in its path.

Brady McCombs | Associated Press
September 6, 2018