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Driver shortage defines trucking for 2021

From Transport Topics. The shortage of professional drivers quickly became the defining issue for the industry during the past year with its far-reaching effects. American Trucking Associations estimates that the industry needs 80,000 more drivers. That figure is expected to worsen in the years ahead with a lack of new drivers to offset retirements and […]

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Joshi leaving FMCSA, heading back to New York

From Freight Waves. Meera Joshi is not going to be the permanent head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The acting administrator is going back to the municipal government of New York City. Mayor-elect Eric Adams on Monday announced the appointment of five deputy mayors, all of them females. Joshi is one of the […]

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NHTSA: Highway safety programs receive $260 million in grants

From Transport Topics. Federal programs aimed at improving safety along the country’s highways will receive a boost in funding, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently indicated. The agency announced that nearly $260 million will be provided for highway safety grants nationwide. The funding, approved in the recently enacted $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs […]

Border congestion feared as vaccination requirements change in January

From Transport Topics. The flow of freight between the United States and its neighbors Canada and Mexico could slow beginning in January, as all three countries adopt more stringent COVID-19 vaccine requirements for cross-border truck traffic. “All inbound foreign national travelers seeking to enter the United States via land points of entry or ferry terminals […]

Automakers to battle chip crisis for years, consultancy says

From Transport Topics. Carmakers including Volkswagen AG and General Motors Co. should brace for the global semiconductor shortage to last beyond next year and redesign cars so they need fewer of the high-tech components, consultancy Roland Berger said. Severe bottlenecks will persist through 2022, analysts at the Munich-based firm said, in a departure from many […]

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Autonomous driving technology

From MG+M The Law Firm. Autonomous driving technology has been a topic of interest in the tech industry for years. In 2015, there were predictions that by 2020, everyone would be a backseat driver with the emergence of autonomous driving technology. Those predictions have proven premature, but the industry continues to move in this direction […]

Outlook, trends and hot topics for transportation in 2022

From Freight Waves. As 2021 draws to a close, companies across the logistics industry are beginning to wonder what next year will look like. Shippers are eager for a break from sky-high rates and severely constrained capacity. That break, however, may not be coming anytime soon. “I think we’re going to see slow improvements. There […]

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USDOT nominees await action in Senate

From Transport Topics. Nominees for senior roles at the U.S. Department of Transportation continue to await consideration before the U.S. Senate. Democratic leaders in the chamber, rushing to finalize a year-end agenda centered on a nearly $2 trillion infrastructure budget package, have yet to proceed with votes on the nominees. Republican concerns pertaining to supply […]

Trucking reports busy Black Friday weekend

From Transport Topics. Black Friday weekend was particularly busy for the trucking industry with strong demand coming from retailers and supply chain issues. “Normally, all the Black Friday merchandise would be somewhere a consumer could buy it well in advance,” Noah Hoffman, vice president of North American surface transportation at C.H. Robinson Worldwide, told Transport […]

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EPA and NHTSA blocked from regulating trailer manufacturing

From MG+M The Law Firm In 1963 and 1970, Congress passed two statutes which have come to be called the “Clean Air Act” (“the CAA” or “the Act”). Together, they make up 42 U.S.C. Ch. 8. In the half-century since the 1970 act was passed, the CAA has undergone many changes, and the authority of […]