Author: Amanda Hook

Trucking: FMCSA seeking input on regs to help deployment of autonomous trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking for public comments on existing regulations that could be updated, modified or removed to help usher in autonomous trucks, or automated driving systems (ADS) as they are referred to in a Federal Register notice published last week.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Trump Slaps Tariffs on $50 Billion Worth of Chinese Goods

President Donald Trump took his boldest step to level the economic playing field with China, ordering sweeping tariffs on Chinese goods in a move that could escalate already tense trade relations between the world’s two biggest economies.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Special report: Day of reckoning in driver shortage saga

Anyone following the driver shortage saga for the last three decades might think trucking has been crying wolf. After all, with each economic uptick since at least 1998 has come panic over the lack of drivers. And yet freight virtually always gets delivered, and store shelves are only empty when snow threatens south of the Mason-Dixon Line.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Trump to Promote Infrastructure Plan as Lawmakers Seek Funding

The White House says Donald Trump will campaign to pass legislation this year to upgrade roads, bridges and other public works, as members of Congress from both parties say it will only happen with a push from the president.   Read more here.

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Trucking: Business Groups Say Time Is Now to Increase Gas Tax for Roads

The largest U.S. business lobby and the trucking industry joined forces to urge skeptical lawmakers to increase federal fuel taxes for the first time in a quarter century to raise money for crumbling roads and bridges.  Read more here.

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Trucking: ATA president addresses workforce development, infrastructure at TMC

The trucking industryemploys 7.4 million Americans, including 3.5 million drivers. ‘Truck driver’ is the No. 1 occupation in 29 states and one out of every 16 jobs in the country. But it won’t be enough to keep up with the growing demands being placed on the trucking industry, said Chris Spear, American Trucking Associations president and CEO, during a town hall address to fleet maintenance executives and industry suppliers at the 2018 ATA Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting in Atlanta.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Will Congress allow 18 year olds to drive interstate trucks again?

SAN DIEGO. The head of the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) said another effort is underway that could create a pathway for some younger drivers to get involved in interstate commerce.  Read more here.

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Trucking: American CEOs Say They’re Ready to Bring Jobs Home If NAFTA Dies

In describing what life would be like without NAFTA, some business groups have stopped just short of predicting a plague of locusts.

Listen to American CEOs, though, and the potential collapse of the continent’s trade framework doesn’t sound quite so scary.  Read more here.

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Trucking: Law firm gets CDLs to better represent carriers, drivers

When trucking attorney Ted Perryman was arguing a case in court last October, he brought with him a secret weapon.

“The plaintiff’s expert was on the stand, and he actually paid me a compliment,” Perryman explained. “He said, ‘You know quite a bit about trucking.’ I’ve also had experts tell me before depositions: ‘Well you must do a lot of trucking work, because you know what a pre-trip is, what different parts of the truck are and how to drive.'”  Read more here.

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Trucking: Former Pilot Flying J President found GUILTY of conspiracy for diesel fuel rebate fraud

The jury has finally reached a verdict in a high profile fraud case involving former Pilot Flying J employees who allegedly conspired to dupe unsuspecting truckers out of promised fuel rebates.  Read more here.

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