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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, 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, 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
Government, Business, Safety

California Wildfire Forces Truckers to Abandon Rigs on Highway

Delta Fire burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif. Delta Fire burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif. (Noah Berger/AP)

REDDING, Calif. — An explosive wildfire that closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway nearly tripled in size overnight, just weeks after a nearby blaze that left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people, officials said Sept. 6.

Associated Press
September 6, 2018
Government, Business

US Productivity Grew at Strong 2.9% Rate in Q2

Construction worker in Boston Elise Amendola/AP

WASHINGTON — The Labor Department on Sept. 6 affirmed last month’s report that U.S. productivity increased at an annual rate of 2.9% in the second quarter.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
September 6, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Ford Recalls 2 Million F-150 Pickups Over Seat Belts

Row of Ford F-150 pickup trucks at a dealer lot Keith Srakocic/AP

DETROIT — Ford is recalling about 2 million F-150 pickups in North America because the seat belts can cause fires.

Associated Press
September 6, 2018
Government, Business

Survey: US Companies Added a Solid 163,000 Jobs in August

Cars drive by a help wanted sign at a Cook Out restaurant in Jackson, Miss. Rogelio V. Solis/AP

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses added 163,000 jobs in August, a private survey found, a decent gain that suggests that employers are confident enough to keep hiring.

Christopher Rugaber | AP Economics Writer
September 6, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel, Top 100

NACFE Survey of Trucking Companies Shows Increased Freight Efficiency

NACFE Mesilla Valley Transportion was surveyed in the study. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The average fuel economy of trucking companies participating in an annual study conducted by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency improved 2% on a year-over-year basis, the group announced.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 5, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA to Hold Listening Session on Proposed HOS Changes

Sleeper berth FMCSA is seeking comment on the split sleeper-berth rule to allow drivers to split their required time in the sleeper berth. (Lippert Components Inc.)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has planned a public listening session this month to discuss several proposed changes to the commercial motor vehicle driver hours-of-service regulations.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Transporeon Group, TIM Consult Plan to Merge

Transporeon Group and TIM Consult GmbH announced plans to merge in an effort to provide a broader portfolio of logistics consulting and procurement services for shippers.

Transport Topics
September 5, 2018

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