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House, Senate Lawmakers Propose Essential Workers Fund

Legislation that would compensate essential workers who became ill or died from COVID-19 while performing their services was recently introduced by Senate Democrats. The Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act would establish a fund for those who qualify, such as certain individuals who were required to provide products or services deemed essential during the pandemic.

Truck Stops Providing Essential Services to Truckers, Navigating the Downturn

The employees at the Iowa 80 Truckstop have a motto that serves as reminder of their mission: “Without trucks, America stops. Without truck stops, trucks stop.” As the nation continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, those words are taking on new relevance. While drivers are facing challenges amid the crisis, so, too are the […]

FMCSA extends COVID-19 HOS exemption to mid-June

Federal regulators have extended until June 14 broad exemptions from hours-of-service (HOS) rules for drivers hauling freight deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension, issued today (May 13), marks the second time the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) exemption has been extended since the original order was put in place immediately following the national emergency […]

FMCSA Adopts Crash Accountability Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on May 1 announced that effective immediately it is making permanent a pilot program that will not count a crash in which a motor carrier was not at fault when calculating the carrier’s safety measurement profile. It also is expanding the types of crashes that may be considered.

HMM deploying world’s largest container ship

Imagine the Empire State Building laid on its side. The newly christened HMM Algeciras is more than 60 feet longer than the New York City landmark is tall. A walk around the world’s largest container ship would be about half a mile. A naming ceremony was held Thursday for the HMM Algeciras, which has a […]

Fuel Cell Experts Argue for Cleaner Commercial Trucks

The trucking industry needs to continue adopting electric technologies such as fuel cells in order to combat pollution, experts said April 14. A webinar hosted by the California Hydrogen Business Council, along with ACT News, emphasized that the trucking sector needs to be more green and highlighted efforts already taken by companies and the government. […]

Oil Price Turns Negative in Historic First; Diesel’s Decline Continues

The price of oil dropped to its lowest level in history April 20, sinking into negative pricing as oil supplies are beginning to overwhelm the globe’s storage capacity. During trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery fell more than 100% to settle at negative $37.63 per barrel, meaning […]

Don’t leave home without COVID-19 plan, sick trucker urges

Canadian truck driver Nicole Folz began suspecting she had COVID-19 as she prepared to make her final less-than-truckload delivery in South Carolina last week, some 14 hours from home in Ontario. The sore throat and dry cough she noticed after she crossed into the U.S. had gotten worse. A thermometer she purchased confirmed she had […]