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ATA's Chris Spear: Industry Thankful for Cooperation, but Challenges Remain

Spear Chris Spear speaks at a past industry event. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear is proud of the work his industry is doing to help the nation through the COVID-19 crisis, but notes that challenges lie ahead for business and government as the country remains stymied by the virus.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

FMCSA Issues COVID-19 Waiver for Truck Drivers With Learner Permits

Student driver with trainer A student trains behind the wheel with his instructor. (Roadmaster Drivers School)

Federal trucking regulators have issued a three-month waiver that will allow truck drivers with commercial learner permits to operate during the COVID-19 emergency without a commercial licensed driver in the front seat of the cab, provided the CDL driver is in the truck.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Drops 7.3¢ to $2.586 a Gallon in 12th Straight Decline

Diesel pump Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The U.S. average retail price of diesel fell 7.3 cents to $2.586 per gallon, the Department of Energy reported March 30.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 30, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump to Cut Back Obama-Era Emissions, Fuel Economy Requirements

A customer refuels a vehicle at a gas station in Indiana in June 2019. A customer refuels a vehicle at a gas station in Indiana in June 2019. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

The Trump administration will dramatically relax automobile emissions and fuel economy standards so that only modest efficiency gains are required through 2026, according to people familiar with the matter.

March 30, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FCC Extends 5.9 GHz Spectrum Proposal Comment Deadline

FCC Ajit Pai via Evan Vucci/Associated Press

The Federal Communications Commission recently extended the opportunity to reply to comments on its proposed rulemaking to dedicate a significant aspect of auto safety airwaves for broadband uses.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 30, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

About 2,000 USPS Workers Are Quarantined Over Coronavirus Concerns

A worker sorts packages at the USPS Merrifield process and distribution center in Merrifield, Va., in December 2018. A worker sorts packages at the USPS Merrifield process and distribution center in Merrifield, Va., in December 2018. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Around 2,000 U.S. Postal Service employees nationwide are in quarantine over concerns that they may have been exposed to coronavirus, and more than 60 have tested positive for the virus, according to the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Postal Service.

Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media Group
March 30, 2020
Government

Trump Announces Social Distancing Guidelines Through April 30

President Donald Trump President Donald Trump had held out hope that some parts of the country could restart operations by the Easter holiday on April 12. (Reuters via YouTube)

After suggesting a portion of the country could carry on with minimal interruptions by mid-April, President Donald Trump acknowledged over the weekend getting back to business as usual by that time is simply not realistic. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 30, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA Issues Waiver to Avert Potential Summer Fuel Shortage

car refueling Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a waiver intended to avert a potential fuel shortage this summer by providing additional flexibility to the marketplace to transition from winter-grade to summer-grade blends.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 30, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Biofuel Plants Are Shutting Down and Some May Never Come Back

biofuel plant A tanker truck sits outside the POET ethanol biorefinery in Gowrie, Iowa. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

The coronavirus and cheap oil are hitting the fuel business so hard that ethanol plants are shutting down. Some may never come back.

March 28, 2020
Government, Business

Trump Invokes Production Law, Ordering GM to Build Ventilators

GM's Flint Assembly plant stands idle in Flint, Mich., on March 23. GM's Flint Assembly plant stands idle in Flint, Mich., on March 23. (Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump on March 27 ordered General Motors Co. to make ventilators for coronavirus patients, invoking a federal law that gives him vast powers over industry in crises and acting as the company is within weeks of starting production on the equipment.

March 27, 2020

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