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Peters Asks Congress to Approve Mexican Truck Program

DOT Secretary Mary Peters — James Kim for DOT

Transportation Secretary Mary Peters asked Congress Wednesday to reconsider its pending prohibition and let a cross-border trucking demonstration program between the United States and Mexico proceed.

October 17, 2007
Business, Safety

I-5 Tunnel Concerns Cited Following SoCal Crash

A chain-reaction crash on Interstate 5 that left three people dead was apparently caused when a trucker lost control emerging from the tunnel, and some truckers cited concerns with the tunnel’s configuration, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

October 17, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Court Says FedEx Drivers Can Sue for Status; Company Plans To Appeal

A federal judge ruled Monday that FedEx Corp.’s independent drivers can sue as a group for benefits sought in a lawsuit filed by workers claiming they should be paid as full-time employees, Bloomberg reported.

October 16, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

ATA Expects 11-Hour HOS Limit Will Hold

ATA President Bill Graves said Friday that he expects a court’s 90-day stay will give federal regulators enough time to issue an interim final rule maintaining an 11-hour limit for truck drivers’ hours of service, the Associated Press reported.

October 15, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

UPS, Teamsters Contract Shows Enhanced Pay, Benefits

UPS Inc. employees represented by the Teamsters union will get a pay increase of $4 an hour and additional benefits worth $5 an hour under a new five-year contract, Bloomberg reported.

October 15, 2007
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Vermont Leaders Frustrated Over Emissions Rules

Vermont leaders expressed dismay at an effort by the Bush administration to oppose new state rules designed to reduce vehicle carbon emissions, amid growing concern the rules will be rejected by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Associated Press reported.

October 15, 2007
Business, Safety, Government

I-5 Partially Reopened Near L.A. After Big Weekend Accident

California officials reopened southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Los Angeles early Monday after a 31-vehicle pileup over the weekend killed three and closed a freeway tunnel, USA Today reported.

October 15, 2007
Business, Safety

Daimler Sheds Chrysler Brand, Renames N. American Division

Daimler AG marked the end of its nine-year marriage to Chrysler, dropping the U.S. automaker from its corporate name and renaming Freightliner LLC, its U.S. truck-building subsidiary, Daimler Trucks North America LLC.

October 15, 2007
Business, Safety

Rail, Intermodal Traffic Drop for Week

Port of Tacoma, Wash.

Rail and intermodal traffic continued declined for the week ended Saturday from a year ago, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday.

October 11, 2007
Government, Business, Safety

Chrysler, UAW Settle After Brief Strike

Chrysler LLC and the United Auto Workers union ended a brief strike after agreeing on a contract similar to one signed recently between the UAW and General Motors Corp., Bloomberg reported.

October 11, 2007

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