Transportation Times

Coming June 27: LiveOnWeb's 'How Have ELDs Changed Trucking?'

It’s been six months since the electronic logging device mandate went into effect. So now’s a good time to ask: How Have ELDs Changed Trucking? Our June 27 LiveOnWeb program will answer that question. ... Continue Reading

MBUF Pilot Program Leaders Share Lessons Learned

WASHINGTON — Public outreach efforts can dispel misconceptions about miles-based user fee (MBUF) programs, according to Mike Warren, principal consultant at WSP USA. ... Continue Reading

Senators Press Commerce Secretary on National Security Approach to Tariffs

WASHINGTON — Senators on the Finance Committee questioned the Trump administration’s national security argument for pursuing steel and aluminum tariffs, a move Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross staunchly defended at a hearing June 20. ... Continue Reading

Caterpillar Sales Boom Can’t Save It From Trade-War Carnage

The world on the cusp of a trade war has spooked investors, and few companies are feeling the fright more than Caterpillar Inc. ... Continue Reading

US Growth ‘Close to a Peak’ as Trade Spat, Housing Pose Risks

The U.S. economy is booming this quarter as tax cuts power consumers and businesses. Yet risks are mounting that the high will be short-lived. ... Continue Reading

Drivers Overcome Web of Regulations to Deliver Holiday Fireworks

Although they drive trucks only one to six times a year, drivers for American Pyrotechnics Association members face unique challenges related to federal transportation safety regulation. ... Continue Reading

Rep. Earl Blumenauer Pitches User Charge to Spur Infrastructure Funding

WASHINGTON — Road user charges, manifested in the form of a miles-based user fee (MBUF), are the best alternative for sustainable infrastructure funding, according to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). ... Continue Reading

VW Truck & Bus to Be Renamed Traton Group

Volkswagen Truck & Bus announced it will rename itself Traton Group to further increase its independence from parent company Volkswagen AG and toward “capital market readiness” in preparation for a potential IPO by the unit. ... Continue Reading

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Denies Insider Trading

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross made a trade betting that the stock in a shipping company with Russian-government ties would fall, a transaction coming just days after he learned of a possible negative news story about his investment in the company. ... Continue Reading

Volvo Sees New South Carolina Plant as Hedge Against Tariffs

When Volvo Car Group broke ground on its first U.S. assembly plant in 2015, it was a proud proof point for the Swedish automaker’s rebound and global expansion, not a chess move in anticipation of a possible trade war. ... Continue Reading

UPS, Teamsters Resume Contract Talks as Threat of Strike Looms

The latest round of face-to-face labor negotiations between UPS Inc. and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was slated for the week of June 18, with the threat of a strike looming over the talks if no agreement can be reached before the current five-year contract expires Aug. 1. ... Continue Reading

Penske Logistics to Buy Epes Transport

Penske Logistics will acquire Epes Transport System, a Greensboro, N.C., dry-van truckload and dedicated contract carriage provider, with more than 1,100 drivers. Terms were not disclosed. ... Continue Reading

Concrete Group Seeks 14-Hour Workday

The American Concrete Pumping Association is asking federal regulators to extend allowable work hours in a day for shorthaul drivers from 12 to 14.  ... Continue Reading

Maersk Appoints First Female Executive in 114-Year History

A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, the world’s biggest shipping company, has appointed a woman to be its chief financial officer for the first time in its 114-year history. Carolina Dybeck Happe, 45, who has held various high-ranking posts at lockmaker Assa Abloy AB, will start at Maersk by the beginning of next year. ... Continue Reading

New Partnership to Explore Effect of Autonomous Vehicles on Workplace

A diverse group of leading companies and associations launched the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity, a collaboration committed to exploring how autonomous vehicles will impact American workers as well as identifying opportunities and developing solutions to address future challenges. ... Continue Reading

Boeing Wins Big Freighter Jet Order as FedEx Bets On Continued Air Cargo Recovery

Reaping the benefit of a worldwide recovery in air cargo, even amid fears of a global trade war, Boeing on June 20 announced a big order from air package-delivery specialist FedEx Express. ... Continue Reading

FedEx Reports 4Q Profit That Beats Expectations

FedEx Corp. reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit that beat expectations as an e-commerce boom boosts package deliveries and a manufacturing rebound drives growing demand in its freight-hauling business. ... Continue Reading

Entrepreneur Bill Busbice Acquires FastTrac Transportation

Entrepreneur Bill Busbice has purchased FastTrac Transportation, a 22-year-old trucking company headquartered in Houston whose services include vehicles ranging from pickup trucks to oversize heavy-haul tractors and specialized trailers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ... Continue Reading

DTNA Marks Heavy-Duty Engine Platform Milestone

Daimler Trucks North America is marking the production of its 1 millionth heavy-duty engine platform engine. It is a shared milestone between Detroit’s Redford, Mich.-based manufacturing facility and Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim, Germany. ... Continue Reading

Federal Regulators Tout Autonomous Vehicles’ Potential Benefits

Commercial vehicles utilizing automated technology have the potential to increase highway safety and provide a boost to the economy, the country’s top trucking regulator said June 19. ... Continue Reading