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Government, Business, Logistics

UN Recruits UPS, FedEx, Dozens of Others to Deliver Vaccine to World’s Poor

A FedEx cargo plane sits idle at the Richmond International Airport in Virginia. A FedEx cargo plane sits idle at the Richmond International Airport in Virginia. (Steve Helber/Associated Press)

United Nations humanitarian relief agency Unicef is looking to recruit some of the airline industry’s biggest operators to help distribute a coronavirus vaccine to the world’s poorest nations.

Christopher Jasper | Bloomberg News
November 17, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Tesla, Utility Giants Form ZETA, Calling for 100% EV Adoption by 2030

Tesla signs are seen in a Denver mall in February 2019. David Zalubowski/Associated Press

Tesla Inc. is joining rideshare company Uber Technologies Inc., Lordstown Motors, Rivian and others to lobby for 100% electric-vehicle adoption by 2030.

Will Wade | Bloomberg News
November 17, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FAA Sets Boeing’s 737 Max Approval for Nov. 18

Boeing 737 Max planes are seen parked on Boeing property in August 2019 in Seattle. Boeing 737 Max planes are seen parked on Boeing property in August 2019 in Seattle. (David Ryder/Getty Images)

U.S. regulators plan on Nov. 18 to unveil the long-awaited final requirements for allowing Boeing Co.’s grounded 737 Max to return to service after 20 months, according to a person briefed on the plans.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
November 17, 2020
Government, Equipment, Safety

Transportation Officials Coordinate Repairs to Brent Spence Bridge

Brent Spence Bridge Inspectors gather on the Brent Spence Bridge; repairs are underway. (Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)

State and federal officials are contributing to an emergency response effort after a truck crash damaged the Brent Spence Bridge, which forms a vital link between northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 17, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Hyundai-Aptiv Venture Wins Driverless Test Approval in Nevada

A BMW vehicle outfitted with Motional technology drives in Las Vegas, where the venture is partnered with Lyft. A BMW vehicle outfitted with Motional technology drives in Las Vegas, where the venture is partnered with Lyft. (Motional)

Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv Plc’s $4 billion self-driving venture received permission from the state of Nevada to test autonomous vehicles on public roads without a safety driver, the company said.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
November 17, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel, Top 100

Diesel Jumps 5.8¢ a Gallon in Largest Increase of 2020

Trucks getting diesel at a station Truck fueling at a Petro truck stop off of Interstate 65 in Glendale, Ky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The national average price of diesel spiked by 5.8 cents per gallon, more than twice the previous high for the year, according to the Energy Information Administration’s weekly data released Nov. 16.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
November 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Says Washington’s Meal, Rest Rules Pre-Empted

Parked trucks Florida 595 Truck Stop

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has determined that Washington state’s meal-and-rest-break rules for commercial truck drivers are pre-empted by federal hours-of-service regulations.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 16, 2020
Government

Fiscal 2021 Funding Bill Negotiations Continue on Capitol Hill

Richard Shelby "We have before us the opportunity to deliver for the American people once again,” says Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

With the memory of the most recent presidential election still fresh in some lawmakers’ minds, congressional funding leaders continue to debate the dozen bills vital for keeping the government operational. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 16, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

Truck, Engine Makers Refine Products to Meet 2021 GHG Emission Standards

Cummins X15 engine A Cummins X15 engine on display at a 2019 industry show. In October, Cummins announced the availability of its 2021 emission-compliant X12 and X15 series diesel engines. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Original equipment manufacturers and engine suppliers have found a variety of ways to meet the challenges posed by the 2021 Phase 2 standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
November 16, 2020
Government, Business

Biden Plots Economic Recovery in Meeting With CEOs, Union Heads

President-elect Joe Biden addresses the media at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del., on Nov. 10. President-elect Joe Biden addresses the media at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del., on Nov. 10. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President-elect Joe Biden met Nov. 16 with the chief executives of General Motors Co. and Microsoft Corp., as well as key labor leaders, as he begins to outline how to contain the coronavirus pandemic and revive the economy during his administration.

November 16, 2020

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