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Transportation Nominees Await Action in Senate

Fulton Finch Fulton testifies at his nomination hearing. (Senate Commerce Committee)

The consideration of senior transportation nominees is among the pending matters before a Republican-led Senate scheduled to resume its legislative agenda April 20.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Issues Guidance for Drug Testing During Emergency

Drug testing technician with specimen A Quest Diagnostics technician tests hair for drugs. (Quest Diagnostics)

Federal trucking regulators have issued “reasonable flexibility” guidance for motor carriers and drivers to follow for drug and alcohol testing during the COVID-19 emergency.

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

Truck Stops, State Associations Offer Free Food, Parking to Drivers

Parked trucks Getty Images

Travel center chains along one of the nation’s busiest freight corridors are offering free meals and parking to truck drivers making deliveries to help the nation battle the COVID-19 virus.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 31, 2020
Business, Safety

New Hampshire, Vermont Cancel Joint Truck Driving Championships

NTDC Rubber ducks are used as a scoring tool at the national competition, which the New Hampshire and Vermont competitions feed into. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The combined state truck driving championships of New Hampshire and Vermont have been canceled over coronavirus-related concerns.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

DOT Opens Funding Opportunity for University Transportation Centers

Bridge construction in the Miami area Bridge construction in the Miami area. Accelerated bridge construction has been one of the topics researched by DOT's University Transportation Centers. (Getty Images)

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced a competitive grant solicitation that makes nearly $5 million available as part of its University Transportation Centers program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

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
Business, Safety

Some Instacart, Amazon Workers Strike as Jobs Get Riskier

Bagged groceries from a Kroger grocery store in Mississippi. Bagged groceries from a Kroger grocery store in Mississippi. (Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press)

Some Instacart and Amazon warehouse workers walked off the job March 30 demanding greater safeguards against the coronavirus, even as both companies are speed-hiring hundreds of thousands of new workers to handle a surge in delivery orders.

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

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