Unemployment claims fell slightly last week but remained historically high, signaling layoffs continue as the coronavirus continues to hamper the economic recovery. Read more

 

In just over a month — at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 29 — revised hours-of-service rules go into effect for commercial drivers across the country. The new rules create more flexibility for drivers while keeping a focus on highway safety, according to Joseph DeLorenzo, the acting associate administrator for enforcement at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Read more

 

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration acting Administrator Jim Mullen will leave his position at the end of August with Wiley Deck, a senior policy adviser within DOT’s Office of the Secretary, assuming the role of deputy administrator. Deck previously served as director of government affairs at FMCSA. Read more

 

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week will proceed as scheduled, Aug. 23-29. Read more

 

World oil demand might not return to 2019 levels until the end of 2021, which could create opportunities for the U.S. freight industry as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers on during a year like no other. Read more

 

The Iowa Department of Transportation released its updated long-range plan for our state’s rest areas system. Read more

 

U.S. employment growth slowed considerably in July amid a resurgence in new COVID-19 infections, offering the clearest evidence yet that the economy’s recovery from the recession caused by the pandemic was faltering. Read more

 

All sides predicted a long slog ahead despite the lapse of a $600-per-week supplemental COVID-19 jobless benefit, the beginning of school season and the call of lawmakers’ cherished August recess. Several more days of talks are expected, if not more. Read more

 

We all know how important teamwork is to success. We've heard this repeatedly since grade school. But simply promoting teamwork and taking steps to create a strong team are two different things. Read more

 

Bob Costello, chief economist and senior vice president of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), has seen a lot in his 25 years of forecasting, and one thing he keeps repeating is that no matter how bad the economic numbers look, we didn't get here because of economic conditions. Read more

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