Transportation Times

NAFTA Deal Unlikely This Week, Raising Tariff Fears

NAFTA talks are picking up again, but a deal is unlikely to be reached this week, four people familiar with discussions said — increasing the odds the latest deadline will be missed amid President Donald Trump’s threat to freeze Canada out. ... Continue Reading

Tesla Criminal Probe Into Musk Tweet Seen as Opening Pandora’s Box

All it took to draw the U.S. Justice Department into investigating Tesla Inc. was a single tweet by Chairman Elon Musk. But now that prosecutors have a toehold, they can dig in to look for other signs of misconduct at the electric car maker. ... Continue Reading

ZF Pushes Ahead With Vehicle Electrification, Autonomy

Commercial vehicle supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG announced it would spend 12 billion euros over the next five years on its e-mobility and autonomous driving technologies aimed at a logistics industry in need of new vehicles to deal with rising delivery volumes and clean air issues. ... Continue Reading

Arizona DOT Sells Land to Fund I-10 Widening

The Arizona Department of Transportation recently completed the largest sale of excess property in the agency’s history to help fund an interstate widening project. ... Continue Reading

August Housing Construction Up 9.2%, But Permits Slide

WASHINGTON — U.S. home construction rebounded in August at the fastest pace in seven months, but applications for new building permits plunged, sending mixed signals for an industry that has been struggling with rising lumber costs. ... Continue Reading

California Logistics Firm to Pay $3.5 Million in Back Wages, Benefits

The U.S. Department of Labor said logistics firm California Cartage Co. will pay $3.5 million to nearly 1,500 warehouse workers, after investigators found the Long Beach company failed to pay wages and benefits required under federal law. ... Continue Reading

AAR Announces Ian Jefferies to Succeed Current President, CEO Edward Hamberger

The Association of American Railroads has announced that a new president will take the reins at the start of next year. ... Continue Reading

Senate’s Turn to Vote on Water Infrastructure Package

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up as early as this month House-passed legislation that would authorize projects designed to improve infrastructure at ports, harbors and waterways, as well as boost flood protection programs. ... Continue Reading

FedEx Freight’s Phillip Pinter Captures TMC SuperTech Grand Champion Honors

ORLANDO, Fla. — FedEx Freight technician Phillip Pinter earned the title of 2018 TMC SuperTech Grand Champion during the fall meeting here of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council. ... Continue Reading

Senate Passes Bill Requiring HHS to Explain Delays in Hair-Testing Guidelines

The Senate has passed legislation with a provision that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide an explanation for a 21-month delay in issuing mandatory federal hair testing guidelines for safety-sensitive transportation employees such as truck drivers. ... Continue Reading

Dave Manning Honored With IANA’s Silver Kingpin Award

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Dave Manning, president of TCW Transportation and chairman of American Trucking Associations, received the 2018 Silver Kingpin Award from the Intermodal Association of North America during the IANA Intermodal Expo 2018. ... Continue Reading

Automation, Electrification Could Advance Faster in Intermodal

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Autonomous technologies and electrified equipment will have specific roles in the transportation and intermodal sectors and already are increasing safety and improving efficiency. As the technology continues to advance, it may gain adoption faster in the controlled situations within intermodal yards and drayage environments. ... Continue Reading

EU Investigates German Carmakers for Possible Collusion

BRUSSELS — European Union regulators have opened an in-depth investigation into whether automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development and rollout of car emission control systems. ... Continue Reading

Savannah Port Extends Volume Growth

If there is one word that describes Georgia ports in 2018 it is “growth,” with another record-breaking month in the books. ... Continue Reading

Tesla Is Target of Criminal Investigation

Tesla Inc. is under investigation by the Justice Department over public statements made by the company and CEO Elon Musk, according to two people familiar with the matter. The criminal probe is running alongside a previously reported civil inquiry by securities regulators. ... Continue Reading

PennDOT Pilot Reaches More Small Businesses

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a new state Department of Transportation pilot program geared toward small businesses. ... Continue Reading

FedEx Downplays US-China Trade Spat’s Impact on Its Business

DALLAS — Shortly before the Trump administration announced a new round of tariffs against Chinese goods, FedEx Corp. leaders tried to assure investors Sept. 17 that a widening trade war will have little direct effect on the company. ... Continue Reading

Trucking, Logistics Firms Assess Florence-Related Relief Needs

In response to Florence, which has claimed at least 32 lives, trucking companies and logistics groups are fielding requests for supplies and mapping out routes to deliver aid. ... Continue Reading

FMCSA Drops Exemption Process for Insulin-Treated Diabetic Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule that will allow certificated medical examiners to decide whether truck drivers with stable diabetes are qualified to drive, eliminating a requirement that the drivers seek an exemption from the agency before being allowed to get behind the wheel. ... Continue Reading

New Mercedes-Benz Actros Showcases Daimler’s Next-Gen Safety Technologies

HANOVER, Germany — Touting technology that is as “easy to use as a smartphone,” Daimler AG on Sept. 18 showcased safety systems on the next generation of its global highway tractor that it said points the way forward for connectivity in the commercial sector. ... Continue Reading