Transportation Times

Why Cyberattacks Should Be Concerning to Trucking

The trucking industry has improved with the use of technology, but the advancement has also increased the risk of cyberattacks. ... Continue Reading

US Chamber Renews Calls for Fuel Tax Increase

WASHINGTON — The expiration this fall of the country’s central highway policy law means that its reauthorization must be urgently addressed by Congress, Ed Mortimer, transportation director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told a Senate committee Feb. 25. ... Continue Reading

ATA, HudsonCyber Team on Security Program

ATLANTA — American Trucking Associations and HudsonCyber on Feb. 25 announced an affinity program for ATA members though which motor carriers of all sizes can gain access to the company’s cloud-based cybersecurity suite. ... Continue Reading

Oil Dives After CDC Warns of Potential Virus Outbreak in US

Oil deepened a three-day rout as panic over a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. gripped investors and sent shockwaves through commodity, equity and debt markets. ... Continue Reading

Walmart Denied Rehearing in $54 Million Back Pay Case

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Walmart Inc. a rehearing in a lawsuit that now leaves the carrier with a lower court judgment to pay a large certified class of its California truck drivers more than $54 million in back pay for mostly layovers and rest breaks. ... Continue Reading

Go Power! Announces New Solar Panels for Trailer Tops

ATLANTA — Go Power! announced a 600-watt model of its flexible solar panels, which are designed to fasten across the tops of trailers. The system builds on the 300-watt Solar Flex panel, which can bend as it grips the top of a trailer. ... Continue Reading

New Jersey Budget Includes Record $590 Million for Transit

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy proposed a record $40.9 billion budget supported by a millionaire’s tax that would help underpin record spending on New Jersey Transit, pensions and schools. ... Continue Reading

NTSB Critical of Tesla, Apple in Probe of 2018 Crash

The 2018 fatal crash of a Tesla Inc. SUV, in which an Apple Inc. employee was playing a game on his company-issued phone and the car veered into a divider, highlights the “misuses of technology,” a U.S. investigator said Feb. 25. ... Continue Reading

Fleets, Dealers Discuss Open, Honest Communication

ATLANTA — Honesty and communication are the best techniques to help fleets and service dealers work together, according to representatives from both sides of that relationship. ... Continue Reading

Andrew Cuomo Willing to Provide Information — With Limits — to Feds for Trusted Traveler Programs

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated a willingness to provide information to the federal government on individuals enrolling or renewing their applications for Trusted Traveler Programs, but remains adamant in his refusal to provide state Department of Motor Vehicles database information. ... Continue Reading

CIE Manufacturing Unveils New Chassis Line

ATLANTA — CIE Manufacturing presented the Revere, a new line of chassis, Feb. 24 at American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting. ... Continue Reading

Mack Launches Active Steering Feature, Earns SmartWay Certification

ATLANTA — Mack Trucks announced an active steering option, Command Steer, for its Anthem models that monitors road conditions at nearly 2,000 times per second using truck-mounted sensors to help maintain directional stability, for instance, on rough roads, in high winds or during blowouts. ... Continue Reading

TMC Awards Four Industry Leaders With Silver Spark Plug Award

ATLANTA — Incoming Technology & Maintenance Council Chairman Stacy Earnhardt was among four industry professionals honored with the Silver Spark Plug Feb. 24. ... Continue Reading

Consumer Confidence Rises Slightly to 130.7 in February

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence improved slightly in February, rising to a reading of 130.7, the highest point since August. ... Continue Reading

Rich Corrado to Replace Joe Hete as CEO at Wilmington Air Transport Services

Joe Hete will step down as chief executive of Wilmington’s Air Transport Services Group Inc. in May and will be replaced by Rich Corrado, the air transport company said Feb. 25. ... Continue Reading

Port of Los Angeles Sees Coronavirus Drag Through Most of 2020

The shipping industry will remain volatile for most of 2020 as the coronavirus outbreak in China upends the global supply chain, said the head of the largest U.S. container port. ... Continue Reading

Fleet Maintenance Group Creates Task Force on Hiring Veterans

ATLANTA — The Technology & Maintenance Council’s study group on fleet maintenance management created a new task force to focus on hiring military personnel for trucking industry roles. ... Continue Reading

Home Depot’s Same-Store Sales Surge in Q4

Home Depot reported a better-than-expected fourth quarter with strong comparable-store sales. ... Continue Reading

Coronavirus Outbreak Keeps Global Markets in Check

LONDON — Share prices around the world, particularly in Japan, took a hit Feb. 25 amid mounting fears about the economic impact of the new coronavirus outbreak. ... Continue Reading

Amazon Opens Cashier-Less Grocery Store in Seattle

Amazon is opening its first cashier-less supermarket, the latest sign that the online retailing giant is serious about shaking up the $800 billion grocery industry. ... Continue Reading