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- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Steve Cohen Unveil Underride Guard Legislation
Legislation that would require underride guards on sides and front of trucks as a way to improve highway safety was introduced Dec. 12 in the House and Senate.
- FMCSA Grants Rental Group TRALA 90-Day ELD Waiver
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to grant the Truck Renting and Leasing Association a 90-day waiver from the upcoming electronic logging device mandate.
- Goldman Sachs Warns of US NAFTA Exit as Negotiators Seek Small Wins
Investors remain on alert over the threat of Nafta talks failing even as negotiators meet this week in Washington and seek minor victories on less contentious issues.
- White House Stays Neutral on Fuel Tax Hike, Infrastructure Adviser D.J. Gribbin Says
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is sticking with its neutral stance on whether to increase federal fuel taxes to finance big-scale transportation projects, infrastructure policy adviser D.J. Gribbin said Dec. 12.
- Trump Tweets Consumer Confidence Is at Record High, But It’s Not
President Donald J. Trump tweeted Dec. 12 that consumer confidence “is at an All-Time High.” In fact, it was higher when a Clinton was in the White House.
- Shippers Ramp Up Hiring in Pennsylvania to Handle Flood of Package Deliveries
UPS Inc., FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service have sizable operations in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania and have ramped up operations by hiring hundreds of seasonal employees to handle an expected surge in holiday orders.
- Colorado’s Test on Mileage-Based Tax System for Roads Gets Good Reviews
A four-month study designed to measure Coloradans’ appetite for overhauling how the state pays for roads offers a glimpse of the challenges that await as changing technology erodes the clout of gasoline taxes.
- Trump’s Pick for US Highway Chief Withdraws From Process
President Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Highway Administration has withdrawn from consideration for the post, a surprising development given his widespread support and qualifications, the U.S. Department of Transportation confirmed Dec. 11.
- Shuster, Trump Meet for Infrastructure Talks
With Congress and the White House looking to advance a massive infrastructure funding proposal, the top transportation policymaker in the House called a recent meeting with President Donald Trump a “very positive step forward.”
- Optimism Among Small Businesses Jumps to Highest Since 1983
Optimism among small companies in the U.S. advanced last month to the highest level in more than 34 years as owners became more upbeat about future economic conditions and sales prospects, according to a National Federation of Independent Business survey released Dec. 12.
- PennDOT Seeking CDL Holders for Seasonal Maintenance Work
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking commercial driver license holders to take on temporary maintenance work as the state braces for inclement weather this winter.
- Wholesale Prices Climbed More Than Forecast in November
U.S. wholesale prices rose more than forecast in November, boosted by a jump in the costs of goods that included gasoline, a Labor Department report showed Dec. 12 in Washington.
- GSA’s New York Border Facility Renovations Will Expand Truck Capacity
The General Services Administration is conducting rock blasting along Interstate 81 in upstate New York to clear room for a new border inspection facility with enough capacity to process trucks.
- Scania Tests Hydrogen-Electric Heavy-Duty Trucks
Truck maker Scania is testing hydrogen-electric heavy-duty trucks with Asko, Norway’s largest convenience goods wholesaler.
- Diesel Drops 1.2¢ to $2.910 a Gallon
The U.S. average retail price of diesel slipped 1.2 cents to $2.910 a gallon as oil prices closed in on $58 a barrel.
- Mack Catenary Vehicle Demonstrated Near SoCal Ports
A Mack Truck prototype equipped with a proprietary plug-in hybrid-electric driveline participated in a zero-emission eHighway demonstration in California near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
- Mack Announces Partnership With Petty’s Garage
Mack Trucks announced a new partnership with Petty’s Garage, making Mack the official transportation sponsor for the garage, which was founded by racing legend Richard Petty.
- Trac Intermodal Raising Fees Jan. 1 to Fund Chassis Refurbishment
Trac Intermodal will raise the per diem rates about $1 on marine chassis rented as of Jan. 1, according to a notice sent to fleets.
- Yokohama Introduces New Longhaul Drive Tire
Yokohama Tire Corp. launched a new fuel-efficient longhaul drive tire, the TY577 MC2.
- C&J Energy Buys O-Tex to Expand Oil Field Services
Oil field services provider C&J Energy Services completed its acquisition of O-Tex Holdings, a provider of cementing services in West Texas.
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