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Medium-Duty Sales Notch Year-Over-Year Increase in November

Ford 2022 Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks. (Ford Motor Co.)

Classes 4-7 U.S. retail sales in November surpassed 18,000 and jumped nearly 10% compared with a year earlier as only Class 7 failed to post a year-over-year gain, WardsAuto.com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 15, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Texas Truckers Fight Inflated Medical Costs in Litigation

Texas billboard Keep Texas Trucking Coalition via YouTube

Trucking officials and tort reform advocates in Texas have introduced legislation seeking to end schemes between plaintiff attorneys and doctors under which medical costs related to truck accidents are overstated in court litigation.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 15, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Crunch Time for COVID-19 Relief as Bipartisan Bills Unveiled

Capitol Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers was unveiling a detailed COVID-19 aid proposal Dec. 14 as Congress labored toward a final agreement on a new round of virus relief.

Andrew Taylor | Associated Press
December 14, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Virginia Board Approves Six-Year Improvement Program for Transportation

Virginia Traffic on I-81 in Virginia. The route will have truck climbing routes installed in certain areas per the plan. (Virginia Department of Transportation)

The Commonwealth Transportation Board recently approved Virginia’s transportation improvement program, which aims to advance projects on schedule despite the financial ramifications of COVID-19.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 14, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

DTNA Says Portland Plant Will Be First to Achieve Carbon-Neutral Production

Daimler Trucks North America plant in Portland, Ore. DTNA's truck manufacturing plant in Portland, Ore. The plant reduced its energy consumption from vehicle manufacturing with equipment replacement and facility upgrades. (Daimler Trucks North America)

Daimler Trucks North America announced its truck manufacturing plant in Portland, Ore., will be the first to achieve carbon-neutral production in the global Daimler Trucks network — meeting green production this year.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 14, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Plans Information Collection for CDL Testing Delays Survey

CVTA A Truck Training America student drives through the Kentucky State Police CDL test track and road course. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning to submit an Information Collection Request associated with its annual survey on commercial driver license skills testing delays.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 11, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

House Lawmaker Introduces Rural Infrastructure Bill

Rural Roads A rural road in need of repair in Michigan. (Michigan Farm Bureau)

Legislation meant to assist rural transportation corridors was introduced by Rep. Carol Miller this month.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 11, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Indiana Awards $101 Million for Local Roads, Bridges

Rural road by a lake in Indiana A rural road in Indiana. State law requires that 50% of the available matching funds annually be awarded to communities within counties that have populations of 50,000 people or fewer. (David Arment/Getty Images)

The Indiana Department of Transportation and Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that local government agencies have received a combined $101 million in state matching funds to support road and bridge projects.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

US Trucking, Logistics Sectors Ready to Mobilize for Vaccine Distribution

Vaccine A medical worker draws the COVID-19 vaccine from a vial at a vaccination center in Cardiff, U.K. (Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Bloomberg News)

For the trucking and logistics industry, the challenges of COVID-19 vaccine distribution are just beginning. Hundreds of millions of doses will need to be shipped around the world and in the United States, and the process is just now getting underway.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 10, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

US Experts Convene to Decide on Go-Ahead for Pfizer Vaccine

A phial of the Phizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is seen in Belfast on Dec. 8. (Liam McBurney/Pool via AP) A phial of the Phizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is seen at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on Dec. 8. (Liam McBurney/Pool via AP)

A U.S. government advisory panel convened Dec. 10 to decide whether to endorse mass use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to help conquer the outbreak that has killed close to 300,000 Americans.

December 10, 2020

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