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DOE Announces $59 Million for Vehicle Technology Research

Vehicle technology research includes many electric vehicle projects. Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Energy announced it is devoting $59 million to 43 projects that will explore advanced vehicle technology research.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 27, 2019
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Utah DOT Plans Containment System for Runaway Trucks

A containment system for runaway trucks in Wyoming. A containment system for runaway trucks in Teton Pass in Wyoming. (WYDOTVIDEOS via YouTube)

Utah Department of Transportation officials are exploring a runaway truck containment system after recent incidents in which truckers lost control of their brakes at the same intersection.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 27, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

PrePass Expands to Include Canadian Province

PrePass is expanding into Canada. A Canadian weigh station in Quebec. (Getty Images)

PrePass, a truck weigh station bypass platform with more than 620,000 trucks enrolled, has expanded into Canada.

August 26, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Drivers Offer FMCSA Tweaks to Proposed HOS Rule

Truck driver sleeps in sleeper berth A truck driver sleeps in a sleeper berth. At the listening session, many drivers said they'd like to be in control of how to divide off-duty time in the sleeper berth. (TT file photo)

Federal trucking regulators got a variety of suggestions, mostly from truckers, on how to tweak a proposed hours-of-service rule designed to give drivers more flexibility to do their jobs, but safely.

Eleanor Lamb and Eric Miller | Staff Reporters
August 23, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

Walmart, Tesla Pause in Legal Fight Over Fiery Solar Panels

Front of Walmart store with sun shining Associated Press/Gene J. Puskar

NEW YORK — Walmart said Aug. 23 that it is working on a resolution with Tesla after the retail giant sued the electric car company’s energy division for installing rooftop solar panels that caught fire.

August 23, 2019
Government, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Mobile's Interstate 10 Project Could Be Costlier Than First Imagined

George Wallace Tunnel on Interstate 10 beneath the Mobile River in Mobile, Alabama Traffic crawls through the George Wallace Tunnel on Interstate 10 beneath the Mobile River in Mobile, Ala. (Associated Press/Jay Reeves)

Critics of Alabama's plan to toll the future Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project have repeatedly questioned the rationale for building a new 7.5-mile Bayway — a route largely consisting of bridges — between Mobile and Baldwin counties.

John Sharp | Alabama Media Group (Birmingham, Ala.)
August 23, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Proposal Advances to Deposit Port of Baltimore Dredge Spoils on Chesapeake Bay’s Barren, James Islands

Port of Baltimore Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

A proposal is advancing to deposit dredge spoils from the Port of Baltimore onto two eroding Chesapeake Bay islands.

Scott Dance | The Baltimore Sun
August 23, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Ideas Abound to Fix Michigan Roads

Michigan Roads Whitmer (Al Goldis/Associated Press)

Negotiations are well underway in Michigan government as legislative Republicans and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer look to reach a compromise on the state budget, an issue closely tied this year to finding more money for fixing the roads.

Lauren Gibbons |
August 22, 2019
Business, Safety

Cargo Thefts Down 14% in Q2; Food, Beverages Most Targeted

Thief trying to steal cargo out of trailer The average value per theft was $152,844, for an estimated loss of $22.9 million in cargo stolen across the United States and Canada in the quarter. (Getty Images)

Cargo thefts are down 14% in the second quarter of 2019, with 150 incidents in the United States and Canada, according to CargoNet, a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics Inc. of Jersey City, N.J.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
August 22, 2019
Business, Safety

New Report Points to Ways Truck Companies Can Operate Safer

Truck driver puts on seat belt TT File Photo

A study that focused on nine motor carriers’ efforts to improve the safety of their operations found that a company’s overall safety culture — from the boardroom to the truck cab — was a crucial element for success.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
August 22, 2019