Trucking Industry Rolling Along Toward Autonomous Trucks

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Government officials in Germany have given the OK for Daimler Trucks to test out its autonomous trucks in highways in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, where Daimler’s Stuttgardt headquarters is located, according to reports in ZDNet and DW.com.  Read more here.

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Bloomberg: Women Truckers “Outdriving” Men

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As more companies are reaching out to women to fill the truck driver shortage, a new report from Bloomberg claims that they are  out driving their male counterparts.  Read more here.

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Trucking Industry Safety and New Technology

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Heavy truck accidents account for 3,800 fatal crashes a year, 3,900 deaths annually, 100,000 injuries, and 13% of all traffic fatalities. That’s according to Daniel Blower, an associate research scientist at the University of Michigan’s transportation Research Institute.  According to Blower, those numbers really aren’t that high, and there’s technology out there that can drive them down even more.  Read more here.

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E-ZPass Warning Truckers Against Fraudulent Emails

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According to E-ZPass, an international phishing scheme is being targeted at customers and non-customers.  The phishing scheme comes in the form of an email claiming to be from E-ZPass stating that the email receiver has a missed or unpaid toll.  Read more here.

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Some Members of the Trucking Industry Want Hair Testing Out of Transportation Bill

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In a joint letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 17 organizations urged the committee to reject hair testing for federal drug tests.  Read more here.

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Self-Driving Trucks Are Just TWO Years Away Says Daimler

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The world’s first self-driving truck has already been licensed for use on American roads, and the Freightliner Inspiration Truck received its official ‘autonomous vehicle’ license plate in Nevada earlier this year.   Read more here.

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CARB Suit Moved to Appeals Court

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A judge has moved a lawsuit challenging California Air Resources Board regulations to a federal appeals court, effectively denying CARB’s claim that the challenge could not be heard in federal court. – See more here.

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Don’t Overlook the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit this Summer

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Day camps are common during the summer months. Many truck drivers pay for them for their children while they work or look for work. If this applies to you, your costs may qualify for a federal tax credit that can lower your taxes.  Read more here.
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Interstate tolling: Time to give it up

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The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works committee wants to expand the pilot program for interstate highway tolls. The committee’s proposed $275 billion highway bill would make it easier for states to apply for approval to install tolling on existing roads.  Read more here.

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