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New York Faces New Flood Threat Just Weeks After Ida’s Havoc

New York Faces New Flood Threat Just Weeks After Ida’s Havoc Cars and trucks sit abandoned on the flooded Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York and the U.S. Northeast are facing another flood threat just three weeks after the remnants of Hurricane Ida devastated the region, but the heavy rain expected through Sept. 24 won’t match that storm’s deadly deluge.

September 23, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

FMCSA Nominee Meera Joshi Promotes Autonomous Tech’s Safety Potential

Meera Joshi Joshi testifies before the Senate Commerce Committee during her confirmation hearing for FMCSA administrator. (

WASHINGTON — Autonomous technology meant to enhance freight connectivity could transform the country’s commercial landscape and improve safety, President Joe Biden’s nominee to oversee trucking regulations told a U.S. Senate panel Sept. 22.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 23, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Driver Positive Drug Tests Up Nearly 13% Through August

Marijuana and a joint Positive marijuana tests account for more than 53% of the total number of the 14 different drug panels tested since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse opened Jan. 6, 2020. (Getty Images)

The number of positive driver drug tests through August increased by nearly 13%, when compared with a year ago, according to a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse summary report.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 22, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

FedEx, Paccar, Aurora Launch Autonomous Trucking Pilot

Aurora-FedEx image Aurora Innovation says it will launch its trucking business and haul loads autonomously between terminals without a safety driver by the end of 2023. (Aurora Innovation Inc.)

Aurora Innovation Inc., Paccar Inc. and FedEx Corp. launched a commercial pilot of autonomous trucking in Texas.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
September 22, 2021
Government, Safety

USDOT Announces Aid for California Highway Project, INFRA Support

Overview of Interstate 405 The Orange County Transportation Authority received a direct loan for up to $628.9 million for the Interstate 405 improvement project, (Orange County Transportation Authority via Twitter)

A key corridor in Orange County, Calif., is the recent recipient of additional federal funding assistance to expand highway access in the region, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced recently.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 20, 2021
Business, Safety, Fuel

GM Says Production Starts on Replacement Batteries for Bolts

An unsold 2022 Bolt electric vehicle An unsold 2022 Bolt electric vehicle at a Chevrolet dealership in Englewood, Colo. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

General Motors said Sept. 20 that production has resumed for battery modules used in recalled Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles, and customers could start getting replacement parts by mid-October.

David Koenig | Associated Press
September 20, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

FedEx to Spend $100 Million on Improving Delivery Vehicle Safety

FedEx truck Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg

FedEx Corp. plans to spend more than $100 million to improve delivery van safety and reduce costs from accidents, potentially dragging on short-term earnings as the courier faces pressure from rising wages and other expenses.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
September 20, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB to Investigate Tesla Crash in Florida That Left Two Dead

tesla dealership Justin Sullivan/Bloomberg News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Federal officials said Sept. 17 they will investigate a fiery Tesla crash that left two people dead in South Florida.

September 20, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Mohawk’s Christopher Tate Wins Second TMCSuperTech Grand Championship

Chris Tate Chris Tate holds his trophy for winning 2021 TMCSuperTech. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

CLEVELAND — For a second time, Christopher Tate of Mohawk Truck Inc. was named Grand Champion at TMCSuperTech. During his 16th year at the event, Tate claimed victories in two individual stations — fuel & lubes and suspension — and said with this victory he plans to retire from the competition.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
September 17, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Distracted Driving Coalition Launches Nationwide Effort

Distracted Driving humonia/Getty Images

Dozens of safety-minded organizations launched a national coalition aimed at reducing the deadly threat of distracted driving on the nation’s highways.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 17, 2021