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Trucking CEO: Upcoming California climate standards ‘could have profound impacts’

From Yahoo Finance. California’s new policies around clean air regulations on port operations could have profound consequences, according to Matt Schrap, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association. Beginning next year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is requiring semi-trucks and other diesel commercial vehicles to have engines with 2010 or newer model years in order […]

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Nutmeg State Transportation Report Ep.18 CDL Training Legislation with Ameelio

In episode 18 of the Nutmeg State Transportation Report, we discuss an issue that we’ve been working on for a while and need to continue to work on as an industry. That is workforce development. Our industry has a well-publicized shortage of truck drivers, and we need to work on recruiting new drivers to the […]

IRS reminds truckers about August 31 tax deadline

From CDL Life. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a reminder to truckers that a major tax deadline is just weeks away. The Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return is due on August 31, 2022, for vehicles first used in July 2022. The IRS encourages truckers to e-file the form. Who must […]

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Fleets can reduce risk of nuclear verdict

From Transport Topics. Nuclear verdicts can be detrimental to motor carriers and their insurance rates, but carriers can mitigate risk by utilizing technology, documenting and sharing safety efforts, and taking advantage of the first 24 hours if a claim occurs. “Companies that have subscribed to a safety culture and live and breathe it have stabilized […]

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Diesel falls 8.2¢ to reach $4.911 a gallon

From Transport Topics. The national average price of diesel continued on its downward path, dropping 8.2 cents to settle at $4.911 a gallon, according to Energy Information Administration data released Aug. 15. Highlights The average price of a gallon of diesel has fallen for eight consecutive weeks, totaling 89.9 cents. This week’s decrease was the […]

NTDC, inspectors tournaments kick off in Indy

From Transport Topics. August, typically a time for vacations or just a little bit of respite, will offer no such things for the qualifiers of this week’s National Truck Driving & Step Van Driving Championships in Indianapolis. More than 400 women and men representing firms such as UPS Inc., FedEx Corp. and Walmart Inc., will […]

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ATRI reports cost of trucking notches record in 2021

From Transport Topics. Soaring prices for diesel fuel, rising maintenance costs and higher wages for drivers pushed the price of operating a truck up 12.7% in 2021 to $1.855 per mile — the highest level on record — according a report released Aug. 10 by the American Transportation Research Institute. The study, called “An Analysis […]

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Biden signs $280 Billion CHIPS Act in bid to boost US over china

From Transport Topics. President Joe Biden enacted into law legislation designed to enhance domestic semiconductor manufacturing and alleviate supply chain bottlenecks. At a signing ceremony for the bill at the White House on Aug. 9, Biden emphasized its potential economic and social benefits. “As we saw during the pandemic,” Biden told the crowd, which included […]

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ATA survey: Truckload drivers in ’21 earned 18% more than 2 years earlier

From Freight Waves. Every data point was higher in the first survey of driver pay conducted by the research arm of the American Trucking Associations since before the pandemic. The Drive Compensation Study released Wednesday covers data for 2021, and its reference points are comparisons to 2019. In a media call, ATA chief economist Bob […]

US House lawmakers unveil AV caucus

From Transport Topics. Two House lawmakers formed a group to promote autonomous vehicle policies on Capitol Hill. Their aim is to generate support from colleagues for comprehensive legislation targeting the technology. This month, Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) launched the Congressional Autonomous Vehicle Caucus. The policymakers are longtime advocates for applying autonomous […]