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Diesel Drops 1.8¢ to $2.404 a Gallon

A transport truck fuels up with diesel A transport truck fills up in Illinois. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

The price of diesel, trucking’s main fuel, dropped 1.8 cents to $2.404 a gallon in its third consecutive decline, the Energy Information Administration reported Sept. 21.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 21, 2020
Government, Business

US Stimulus Prospects Darken With Strains Over Supreme Court

The U.S. Capitol stands past columns of the Supreme Court in Washington on April 16. The U.S. Capitol stands past columns of the Supreme Court in Washington on April 16. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

The eruption of a partisan battle over replacing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg damaged already-slim prospects for another round of U.S. fiscal stimulus, threatening to undermine the recovery in the coming months.

Billy House | Bloomberg News
September 21, 2020
Government

FAST Act Yearlong Extension Included in Temporary Funding Bill

Rep. Kevin McCarthy The Republican infrastructure policy touted by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy includes expanding nationwide high-speed internet and a five-year surface transportation rebuilding plan. (Oliver Contreras/Sipa via Bloomberg News)

Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.), leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives’ transportation policy panel, agree that an extension of the 2015 FAST Act would buy congressional policymakers time to update provisions to the highway bill. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Rivian Faces Ban From Michigan Car Dealers in Direct-Sales Fight

The Rivian R1T electric pickup truck. The Rivian R1T electric pickup truck. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Michigan auto dealers are trying to block startup electric carmakers including Rivian Automotive Inc. and Lucid Motors Inc. from following in Tesla Inc.’s footsteps by selling vehicles directly to consumers and servicing them in the state.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
September 21, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Federal Drug Official Defends Proposed Guidelines for Hair Testing

hair drug test Hair testing at a Psychemedics lab. (Psychemedics)

The chairman of a federal drug-testing advisory board that developed the controversial proposed mandatory guidelines for hair drug testing of truck drivers, other workers in safety-sensitive jobs and federal employees has responded to what he called “misconceptions” about the proposal by opponents.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

N.Y. Judge: Postal Service Must Process Election Mail in Timely Manner

A customer deposits mail into a USPS mail collection box outside a post office in Burbank, Calif. USPS mail collection boxes sit outside a post office in Burbank, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. Postal Service must live up to its responsibilities to timely process election mail by treating it as a priority, a New York judge ordered Sept. 21, adding that the agency’s workers should be permitted to make extra deliveries and work overtime near the November presidential election.

Larry Neumeister | Associated Press
September 21, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Launches Driver Panel for Advisory Committee

truck driver According to FMCSA, the new panel includes between 20 and 25 drivers representing various sectors of the industry. (kali9/Getty Images)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has created a panel of commercial drivers to contribute to the agency’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 21, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Breaking News

Nikola Executive Chairman Trevor Milton Steps Down

Trevor Milton owns 35% of the company, according to regulatory filings. (Nikola Motor Co.)

Trevor Milton has voluntarily stepped aside as executive chairman and board member of Nikola Corp., the electric truck company he created, it was announced Sept. 21.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 21, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Stocks Hit Six-Week Low as Tech Slide Accelerates

An investor looks at stock price movements on screens at a securities company in Beijing. An investor looks at stock price movements on screens at a securities company in Beijing. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

Technology shares pushed U.S. stocks to a six-week low as investors searched for new catalysts to give direction to global markets. The dollar strengthened and Treasuries were little changed.

September 18, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Amazon’s Zoox Gets Green Light for Robotaxi Tests in California

A Zoox self-driving car is operated outside the company's headquarters in California. A Zoox self-driving car is operated outside the company's headquarters in California. (Michael Short/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc.’s self-driving-car unit, Zoox Inc., is getting a green light from California to test autonomous vehicles on public roads without a safety driver, becoming the fourth company to receive the state’s blessing for truly driverless testing.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
September 18, 2020

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