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Musk Says Tesla Will Build Vehicle Designed to Be a Robotaxi

Robotaxi Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at the "Cyber Rodeo" grand opening celebration. Musk didn’t give details of the robotaxi other than to say it will “look quite futuristic. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via Associated Press)

AUSTIN, Texas — Tesla will build a vehicle dedicated for use as a robotaxi, and it will start making three new vehicles next year, CEO Elon Musk told fans at a party celebrating the opening of a Texas factory.

April 8, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Port Leaders Discuss Future

Port of Houston Activity at the Port of Houston. (Port of Houston Authority)

HOUSTON — Ports in the United States have a historic opportunity to upgrade aging infrastructure with billions of dollars in federal funding that will prepare facilities for years’ worth of expected growth in freight movement and ready them for a future where many are targeting eventual carbon-neutral operations.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 7, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

COVID Fundamentally Changed Cold Chain Companies

DHL transporting COVID vaccines Workers load a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines for transport. (DHL)

The coronavirus vaccine rollout required rapid adjustment by cold chain companies that continues to influence technologies and operations more than a year later.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 7, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Federal Regulators Modify Some Drug Testing Requirements

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reaffirmed, and in some cases tweaked, the agency’s oral fluid and urine drug testing requirements for federal safety-sensitive government employees, including truck drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 7, 2022
Business, Safety

FleetForce Plans to Expand Driver Training Program in Florida

FleetForce truck Business Wire

FleetForce Truck Driving School announced plans to open two training facilities in Venice and Fort Myers along Florida’s Gulf Coast in an expansion of its collaborative pre-hire program announced in November.

April 6, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

CVSA Seeks Mileage, Time Limits for Personal Conveyance Guidance

truck leaving truck stop John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has petitioned federal trucking regulators to add a maximum time and/or mileage limit to clarify the definition of personal conveyance use by commercial truck drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 4, 2022
Equipment, Safety

2022 Road to NTDC Officially Underway; Courville Wins Louisiana

Eric Courville of FedEx (left) and LMTA's Jeff Beam Eric Courville of FedEx Freight accepts the grand champion trophy from Jeff Beam, Louisiana Motor Transport Association's Safety Management Council vice chairman. (John Ballance Photography)

The first state-level qualifier for the National Truck Driving Championships kicked off last month in Louisiana, paving the way for a series of safe trucking competitions throughout the country.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 1, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Werner Exempt From New Driver Training Requirement

Werner Enterprises truck Werner Enterprises Inc.

Federal trucking regulators have granted Werner Enterprises Inc. an exemption to allow a commercial learner permit holder who has successfully passed a commercial driver license skills test to operate a commercial vehicle without having a CDL holder observing from the front passenger seat.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 1, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Georgia Passes Bill Allowing Fair Apportionment of Fault Damages

Kemp Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at a past event. (Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg News)

Legislation that unanimously passed the Georgia Senate on March 30 will allow a defendant in civil litigation to apportion monetary damages to another party that shared fault in the case, but who was not named in the lawsuit.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 31, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

White House Urges Ports to Work With Local Leaders to Secure Funding

Buttigieg Buttigieg speaks at the conference. (Noël Fletcher/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Top White House executives urged port leaders to collaborate with their elected leaders and focus on projects that align with Biden administration goals as they strive to access a share of $1.2 trillion in federal infrastructure funds.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
March 31, 2022