Entries by MTAC Staff

Failing DEF sensors getting software fixes from OEMs

From Transport Topics. Software overrides for diesel exhaust fluid sensors that are in perilously short supply are making their way from truck manufacturers to repair shops, helping keep equipment on the road and prevent engine shutdowns that can leave a truck stranded when the sensors fail. In recent weeks, DEF sensor failures have left thousands […]

Biden Administration tasked with recognizing “essential importance of commercial vehicles” amid chip shortage

From Commercial Carrier Journal. In the midst of an ongoing microchip shortage that continues to constrain vehicle production, one major truck maker says it’s time for the Biden administration to step up and recognize the vital role of commercial vehicles. Like other OEMs, Volvo Trucks North America has remained in step with White House goals […]

The exception to the small vehicle exemption

From MG+M The Law Firm. It is well established that in most circumstances the Motor Carrier Act (MCA) exempts drivers from overtime wages as mandated by the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA). The MCA provides that employees whose qualifications and hours of service are dictated by the Secretary of Transportation are exempt from the […]

Diesel jumps 18 cents in two weeks

From Overdrive Online. Diesel fuel prices across the U.S. have increased 18 cents in the last two weeks, with a 7.1-cent increase during the week ending Oct. 4 followed by a 10.9-cent increase during the week ending Oct. 11, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report. The U.S.’ average price for a gallon of […]

Christmas at risk as supply chain “disaster” gets worse

From Transport Topics. It’s the beginning of October, just the start of what the retail world simply calls “peak.” But the industry is already in various forms of panic that usually don’t take hold until the weeks before Christmas. Early in the year, the hope was that the bottlenecks that gummed up the global supply […]

Bump in the road for roads, bridges funding

From Transport Topics. President Joe Biden is pledging to continue to promote his domestic agenda stuck in Congress. U.S. House Democratic leaders delayed a vote on the president’s Build Back Better plan because moderates and progressives disagree on legislative priorities. Moderates are pushing for approval of a Senate-passed $1 trillion infrastructure measure. Progressives keep calling […]

Trucking company settles over false emissions compliance reporting

From MG+M The Law Firm. Recently, California’s attorney general, Rob Bonta, and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reached a settlement with Complete Logistics Company, a trucking company, over its alleged false emissions reporting. The state alleged that the trucking company incorrectly asserted that it complied with California’s regulations governing emissions so that it could […]

ATRI analysis explores how electric vehicles could contribute to highway trust funds

From ATRI. The American Transportation Research Institute today released research that describes a framework for electric vehicle (EV) taxation to support transportation infrastructure. Through a small tax on the electricity that is used in transportation, the report identifies an approach to efficiently connecting the growing number of U.S. electric vehicles with highway trust fund (HTF) […]

Freight groups press Biden Administration on AV policy

From Transport Topics. Freight stakeholders are calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to proceed with implementing a regulatory framework for autonomous vehicle technology. The groups, which include American Trucking Associations, point to potential economic and safety benefits linked to nationwide access to the technology’s applications. “Implementing a federal [automated vehicles] framework that fosters the […]

White House seeks to address trucking concerns

From MG+M The Law Firm. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the trucking industry was facing significant challenges in recruitment and retention of drivers. These issues became even more pressing as measures to combat the pandemic, including lockdowns, caused supply chain interruptions. The White House already has targeted certain problematic practices with the Executive Order on […]