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California Becomes Epicenter of Emerging Truck Technology

California Self-driving truck firm TuSimple’s headquarters are in San Diego. The company is testing and developing SAE Level 4 automated driving technology for heavy-duty trucks. (TuSimple)

With its emissions mandates, tough labor laws, inspection requirements and extensive regulations, California has become both a difficult and expensive environment for trucking.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 22, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Despite Lower Gas Prices, AAA Expects Fewer Travelers This Memorial Day Weekend

Traffic is light on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge May 18,2020. Light traffic is seen on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge May 18, 2020. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

The coronavirus pandemic has undermined road travel data, but anecdotal information points to fewer drivers likely to take to the road for Memorial Day weekend, AAA announced.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 21, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Nation’s Courts Feeling Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Courtroom scene with judge, gavel and jury Chris Ryan/Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the nation’s court systems, and for trucking, legal experts believe it could have a long-term effect on how juries view cases involving motor carriers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 21, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Mnuchin Says ‘Strong Likelihood’ for More Stimulus Spending

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. (Bloomberg News)

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Congress very likely will need to pass more stimulus legislation for the U.S. economy, as the nation struggles to recover from the coronavirus outbreak.

Saleha Mohsin | Bloomberg News
May 21, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, TCA

Tesla Drops Lawsuit Against Alameda County

Tesla vehicles are parked at the company's assembly plant in Fremont, Calif., on May 11. Tesla vehicles are parked at the company's assembly plant in Fremont, Calif., on May 11. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Electric carmaker Tesla dropped a federal lawsuit against Alameda County filed less than two weeks ago after resuming manufacturing at its Fremont plant against local orders.

Chase DiFeliciantonio | San Francisco Chronicle
May 21, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Trump Transportation Nominees Finch Fulton, Diana Furchtgott-Roth Advance to Senate Floor

Transportation Nominees From left: Fulton via Senate Commerce Committee, Furchtgott-Roth via Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Nominees for senior-level posts at the U.S. Department of Transportation were approved by the Senate Commerce Committee on May 20.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 20, 2020
Government, Safety

Senate Committee Advances FMCSA Safety Grants Bill

airport The committee also advanced legislation that would require a joint task force to examine safety and efficiency of air travel during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nutthaseth Vanchaichana/Getty Images)

Legislation aimed at facilitating financial assistance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was easily approved by a Senate panel on May 20.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 20, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Workers Cheered Upon Return to South Dakota Pork Plant

Residents cheered and held thank you signs to greet employees of a Smithfield pork processing plant as they began their shift on May 20 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Residents cheered and held thank you signs to greet employees of a Smithfield pork processing plant as they began their shift on May 20 in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Stephen Groves/Associated Press)

Employees at a Smithfield pork processing plant in South Dakota where a coronavirus outbreak infected more than 800 people were greeted at work May 20 with thank you signs, cheers and waves from about a dozen area residents.

May 20, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Government Groups Launch Truck Parking Survey for Northeast Region

Parked trucks Getty Images

Truck parking challenges in the Northeast amid the coronavirus pandemic — due in part to shipment type or route changes — are being surveyed by a group of 13 transportation departments and metropolitan planning organizations.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 20, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Preliminary Work to Begin on 40 Highway Projects in Kansas

Kansas Bridge work near Osawatomie, Kan. The approved projects include some work on bridges. (Orlin Wagner — Associated Press)

Preliminary engineering work will commence on 40 highway modernization and expansion projects in Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly and Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz recently announced.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 20, 2020

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