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$135 Million Settlement Approved in Navistar MaxxForce Engines Lawsuit

Navistar MaxxForce engine A Navistar MaxxForce engine is displayed at an industry show in 2012. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A federal judge in Chicago has granted final approval of a $135 million settlement between a court-certified class of an estimated 45,000 plaintiffs and Navistar Inc. in connection with the truck maker’s troubled model year 2011-2014 MaxxForce engines.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 28, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Chassis Provider FlexiVan to Merge With American Intermodal Management

FlexiVan I Squared Capital has acquired a majority stake in FlexiVan Leasing Inc. and said it would merge it with American Intermodal Management but will retain the FlexiVan name. (FlexiVan Leasing Inc.)

I Squared Capital acquired a majority stake in FlexiVan Leasing Inc., the private equity firm said. As a result, the company said it is merging FlexiVan with American Intermodal Management.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 28, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Elaine Chao Calls for Industry Commitment to Combat Human Trafficking

Elaine Chao Elaine Chao by Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao challenged industry leaders to commit to combating human trafficking through workforce training and by raising awareness of the issue.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 28, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

International Roadcheck Set for May 5-7 by CVSA

CVSA Roadcheck James Dasch (left), a driver for Lucky Dog Industries, speaks with an inspector at the 2019 Roadcheck event. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

The high-volume, high-visibility International Roadcheck event will take place May 5-7, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced Jan. 27.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 27, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Moving Manatees, Elephants and Pandas Requires Careful Planning, Preparation

Bei Bei Bei Bei by FedEx

DHL Express, FedEx and other companies specialize in arranging transportation for large animals, including manatees, pandas and elephants.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
January 27, 2020
Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

A. Duie Pyle Launches TSA-Cleared Airfreight Service

Diversified motor carrier A. Duie Pyle Inc. announced a Transportation Security Administration-compliant export service designed to move international airfreight directly from point of origin to the export location.

January 24, 2020
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

FHWA Grant Will Support Autonomous Crash Truck in North Dakota

North Dakota Currently, NDDOT uses a truck that has an attenuator mounted onto it and is operated by a human driver. (American Traffic Safety Services Association)

The North Dakota Department of Transportation will use a recently awarded federal grant to deploy an autonomous attenuator truck.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 24, 2020
Safety, TCA

Lawsuit Blames Bridge Owners in Trucker's High-Wind Fatal Accident

A view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from a boat on the water. A view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from a boat on the water. (Getty Images)

Billie Joe Chen, the widow of a trucker who died after his rig plunged off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in 2017, is suing the CBBT for $6 million.

Joanne Kimberlin | The Virginian-Pilot
January 24, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Secretary Elaine Chao Touts Proposed Update to Environmental Review Process

Elaine Chao Chao via Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The Trump administration’s aim of further streamlining the environmental review process would help advance certain infrastructure projects, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Jan. 22.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

While Self-Driving Car Hype Decelerates, Automated Trucks Grab Attention at CES exhibit at CES 2020 Self-driving truck startup showcases International and Peterbilt models outfitted with its technology at CES. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

LAS VEGAS — Even as automated vehicle developers tamped down inflated expectations for fully self-driving passenger cars at CES 2020, several companies continued to tout the market potential for highly automated commercial vehicles.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 24, 2020