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Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Independent Contractor Status

Trucks on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The U.S. Department of Labor on Jan. 6 issued a final rule revising its interpretation of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act that it said will “promote certainty for stakeholders, reduce litigation and encourage innovation in the economy.”

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 6, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

For First Time in Five Years, US Gas Mileage Down, Emissions Up

A row of unsold 2020 pickup trucks sits at a Ram dealership in Colorado in December 2020. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press) A row of unsold 2020 pickup trucks sits at a Ram dealership in Colorado in December 2020. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

A new government report says gas mileage for new vehicles dropped and pollution increased in model year 2019 for the first time in five years.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
January 6, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

US Imports No Saudi Crude Oil for First Time in 35 Years

An oil pumping jack operates in Texas. (Matthew Busch/Bloomberg News) An oil pumping jack operates in Texas. (Matthew Busch/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. didn’t import any Saudi crude the week of Dec. 28 for the first time in 35 years, a reversal from just months ago when the Kingdom threatened to upend the American energy industry by unleashing a tsunami of exports into a market decimated by the pandemic.

Sheela Tobben | Bloomberg News
January 6, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Maine Lawmakers Petition FMCSA Regarding Lobster Transport

Sorting through live lobster on boat Lobster represents an important aspect of Maine’s economy. According to the Maine Lobstering Union, harvesters in the state landed 101.7 million pounds in 2019, a haul valued at $485.4 million. (WoodysPhotos/Getty Images)

In an effort to ease the commercial transport of lobster, a group of Maine lawmakers submitted a request to federal government officials asking to clarify the definition of “livestock” in a recently issued interim final rule.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 6, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Industry Comments Support FHWA Proposal on Infrastructure Design Standards

Highways Siri Stafford/Getty Images

Public comments submitted to the Federal Highway Administration regarding a recent proposal that would allow more flexibility with design standards when repairing highways and interstates reflect an overwhelming show of support from industry groups and transportation agencies.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 6, 2021
Government, Business, Technology

TRB Hosting Virtual Annual Conference

TRB employees NASEM TRB via YouTube

The coronavirus pandemic’s impact on transportation modes, the role of transit, and technological advancements will dominate this year’s annual conference of the Transportation Research Board.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 5, 2021
Government, Business

Former ATA Chairman Dave Manning Retires From TCW

Dave Manning Dave Manning at an industry show in 2015. Manning in 2017-18 served as ATA’s 73rd chairman. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

After more than three decades working for Nashville, Tenn.-based motor carrier TCW — including a more than 20-year stint as its president — as well as a year as chairman of American Trucking Associations, Dave Manning has decided to retire.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 5, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Proposes to Add Truck Rear Underride Guards to Safety Checklist

Underride rear guard on Stoughton trailer An underride rear guard installed on a Stoughton trailer. FMCSA said including rear impact guards in the periodic inspection requirements will call additional attention to the critical safety component. (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a proposed rule amending federal safety regulations to specifically add rear impact guards as a required item on the list of annual inspections for motor carriers and roadside inspectors.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 5, 2021
Government, Business

US Manufacturing Gauge Expands at Fastest Pace Since 2018

A worker places a sole on a leather boot at a factory in Omaha, Neb. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News) A worker places a sole on a leather boot at a factory in Omaha, Neb. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

A measure of U.S. manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in more than two years, bolstered by a pickup in new orders and the strongest growth in production since 2011.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
January 5, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Continues Upward Trend, Rises 0.5¢ to $2.640

Trucks fueling up at a Pilot station Diesel is 43.9 cents less expensive than it was a year ago during the same week. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The last days of 2020 and the first few of 2021 continued the same trend, with diesel prices rising nationwide.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 4, 2021

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