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Ashley Wagener

June 30, 2022

New Fuel Taxes Kick in July 1 in Number of States

Higher gas taxes will sweep across pumps in several states on July 1 to drive fuel prices even higher. From the West Coast across the Midwest, South and East Coast, fuel prices will jump as new state taxes — mostly to fund transportation projects — take effect: California A new fuel tax rate will be […]

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Ashley Wagener

June 30, 2022

Texas to deploy new semi truck inspection checkpoints, ‘strike teams’, following San Antonio tragedy

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced new border security measures in the wake of a deadly human smuggling incident in San Antonio earlier this week. On June 29, Abbott announced plans to establish “new vehicle inspection checkpoints targeting semi-trucks” after dozens of suspected migrants were found dead in a sweltering semi trailer on Monday. “In response […]

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Ashley Wagener

June 23, 2022

Biden Calls for Three-Month Suspension of Gas, Diesel Taxes

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on June 22 called on Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months — an election-year move meant to ease financial pressures that was greeted with doubts by many lawmakers. The Democratic president also called on states to suspend their own gas taxes or provide similar relief, […]

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Ashley Wagener

May 24, 2022

Experts Urge Preparation Now for Transition to EVs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Sometime in the 2020s or early 2030s a growing number of traditional longhaul trucks could be running on hydrogen fuel cell systems while vans and trucks running regional and local routes — in the 150- to 250-mile per day range or going in and out of ports — will rely on battery-electric […]

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Ashley Wagener

May 10, 2022

DTNA Unveils Production-Ready eCascadia at ACT Expo

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Freightliner Trucks, a division of Daimler Truck North America, has unveiled its production-ready eCascadia Class 8 electric truck, built on the best-selling heavy-duty truck platform in North America. “The introduction of zero-emission trucks and all their needed support systems is truly a game changer,” said DTNA CEO John O’Leary. “By developing […]

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Ashley Wagener

May 06, 2022

White House Aims to Boost Electrical Grid With Grant Program

Launching a $2.3 billion effort for states and tribes to revamp the national power grid is the latest White House effort to bolster electricity usage to modernize transportation infrastructure. The national power grid is facing numerous challenges resulting from extreme weather, insufficient transmission capacity to transfer power across regions and aging transmission lines and transformers […]

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Ashley Wagener

March 19, 2022

Morgan Unveils Electrified Refrigerated Concept Truck Body

Morgan Truck Body announced a new electrified refrigerated concept truck body. Mounted on a Lion Electric Lion6 chassis and using a Thermo King all-electric refrigerated unit, the 24-foot truck body is constructed with state-of-the-art materials that are designed to maximize thermal efficiency and lighten the load, and includes a full complement of situational awareness sensors, […]

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Ashley Wagener

May 01, 2020

FMCSA Distributes 1 Million Masks to Truckers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is distributing 1 million protective masks to commercial truck drivers to enhance safety during the coronavirus pandemic. The agency announced the distribution effort, led by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, on April 29. The effort reflects a partnership with state representatives, industry groups and motor carriers. The Federal Emergency Management […]

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Ashley Wagener

April 24, 2020

Daimler recalls 63K trucks for exterior lighting issue

Daimler Trucks North America recently issued a recall for tens of thousands of trucks for a lighting defect. Daimler recently notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a recall impacting 63,175 Freightliner and Western Star trucks. According to NHTSA documents, “The rear reflective tape may be partially covered by the mudflap hanger bracket, […]

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Ashley Wagener

April 18, 2020

FMCSA issues three-month waiver for CDL, CLP holders

FMCSA has granted an extension on the validity of commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and commercial learner’s permits (CLP) that expire between March 1, 2020, and June 29, 2020. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted an extension on the validity of commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and commercial learner’s permits (CLP) that expire between […]

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Ashley Wagener

April 14, 2020

More than 450,000 Kenworths and Peterbilts recalled for warning light defect that could increase crash risk

PACCAR recently issued a massive recall for certain Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks for a defect that could increase the risk of a crash. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents, PACCAR will recall hundreds of thousands of trucks manufactured between 2008 and 2020. A total of 455,458 truck are affected by the recall. […]

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Ashley Wagener

March 26, 2020

Paccar Recalls 35,671 Peterbilt Trucks for Fire Risk

Peterbilt Motors Co. is recalling 35,671 trucks to repair an issue with battery cables on certain models, according to a March 18 notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects Peterbilt Model 365, 389, 567 and 579 trucks manufactured between 2015 and 2020, parent company Paccar Inc. said in the notice. The […]

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