Safety groups are frustrated that the FMCSA doesn’t plan to require a minimum number of hours of real-world driving for new truck drivers.
A federal judge sided with a group of Swift Transportation drivers, who challenged the mega-carrier over its lease contracts. The plaintiffs’ attorney Dan Getman said the judge’s ruling that the drivers are employees, not independent contractors as Swift alleged, is a “significant win.”
FCA will spend $1 billion at two of its manufacturing plants in Michigan and Ohio to build the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, as well as a new pickup truck.
Only two California-based motor carriers have signed up to participate in the state’s Motor Carrier Amnesty Program, which allows drayage companies that have misclassified truck drivers to change their work status to employees and pay them back wages.
Ford Motor Co. has stolen market share in the big work truck segment from competitors such as Freightliner and Navistar by introducing a new line of Class 6 and 7 trucks with a gasoline engine option.
The EPA said more stringent standards are needed to reduce nitrogen oxide, or NOx, emissions from heavy duty trucks, but it rejected calls to speed up the rulemaking process for new regulations that would attack the problem.
Freight demand in November rose 5.7 percent from a year ago and will rise in 2017 because of strong retail sales and housing markets, the American Trucking Associations said.
Environmental groups see the California Air Resources Board as an important bulwark holding back a Trump administration rollback of environmental regulation.
Volvo Trucks North America will lay off 500 workers at its New River Valley plant in Dublin, Va. early next year.
Trucking and transportation industries are hoping for regulatory and policy changes as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office.