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Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Can Tesla Make Electric Work for Trucking?

A side view of the Tesla Semi Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Tesla’s success in the passenger-car arena has changed consumers’ perceptions and pushed the limits of what’s possible with electric cars.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
November 21, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ELD Update: FMCSA Softens Violators' Safety Profile Impact

FMCSA's Cathy Gautreaux

To ease the trucking industry’s transition to the federal electronic logging device mandate, citations issued between Dec. 18 and April 1 for failure to comply with the new law will not be posted to motor carriers’ safety profiles. But carriers still could be fined, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials said Nov. 20.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics

NAFTA Negotiations Proceed With Little to Show

Otey Mesa border crossing Mexican trucks are inspected at the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego (TT File Photo)

Canada and Mexico are holding firm in their resistance to addressing America’s most contentious proposed changes to NAFTA in the latest talks, with the parties making some slow progress on areas of greater consensus.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
November 21, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Autonomous Trucks a Plus for Safety, Security, Recruitment, Execs Say

Panelist discuss the state of autonomous trucking Panelists (left to right) Tucker, Cammisa and Ferguson discuss autonomous trucking. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Autonomous heavy trucks not only show promise to reduce crashes, but they also offer a potential to improve cargo security and driver recruitment, according to executives speaking here at a recent national safety and security conference sponsored by American Trucking Associations.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2017
Government

Meal, Rest Break Provision Debated in Funding Negotiations

Capitol Building Daniel Huizinga/Flickr

Republican leaders say they lack time to finalize fiscal 2018 funding legislation by Dec. 8, which is when funding for the federal government is set to expire, which could limit the chances of advancing a truck-centric meal and rest break provision.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2017
Government

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Calls for No More Toll Roads

I-35 East Dallas AsphaltPlanet1 via YouTube

Texas will not be setting up more toll roads, despite plans recently unveiled by the state’s Department of Transportation to build toll lanes on Interstate 35 East, Gov. Greg Abbott said.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2017
Government, Business, Technology

Penske Launches Driver App for ELD Compliance

Penske Truck Thomas Hawk/Flickr

Penske Truck Leasing Co. launched a mobile app that will allow rental truck drivers to comply with the federal mandate for electronic logging devices and to access other information that enhances productivity.

Daniel P. Bearth | Senior Features Writer
November 21, 2017
Government, Business

DOT Extends Comment Period on Its Regulatory Review to Dec. 1

The U.S. Department of Transportation has extended the public comment period to Dec. 1 on its review of a number of existing “economically significant rulemakings” ranging from a final rule on Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse to a final rule establishing minimum training requirements for entry-level commercial motor vehicle operators.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2017
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Dips 0.3¢ to $2.912 a Gallon as Oil Slips

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The U.S. average retail price of diesel dipped 0.3 cent to $2.912 a gallon, marking its first decline in more than a month, the Department of Energy reported Nov. 20.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2017
Government

Senate Expected to Vote on FMCSA Nominee Ray Martinez After Break

Ray Martinez Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The nominee to lead the country’s regulatory agency for commercial trucks and buses is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate before the end of the year, aides familiar with the nomination told Transport Topics on Nov. 20.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2017

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