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September 13, 2017

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Florida Escapes Worst of Irma, Impact Felt Across State

Hurricane Irma's late shift to the west seems to have spared Florida the worst of the storm, but even with reduced impact, its effects are widespread. A combination of influences caused Irma to lose strength over the northern coast of Cuba and shift westward. That put it on a path that reduced the impact of high winds and storm surge on major urban centers in the southeast of the state, including Miami. Recent estimates for total damage costs in the state are at $58 billion. That is far less than earlier numbers, which reached as high as $200 billion, according to Bloomberg.
Source: TruckingInfo.com

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FMCSA Expands Irma Regional Emergency Declaration to Six More States

Even though Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a tropical depression, the storm is still bringing high winds and plenty of rain to the Southeast and Ohio Valley regions. In light of that, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Monday expanded its existing emergency declaration to cover six more states – Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio. States already covered by the declaration include Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.
Source: Commercial Carrier Journal


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Senate to Hold Hearing on Automated Trucks

On Sept. 13, U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) [convened] a Senate Commerce Committee hearing to examine the potential benefits and impacts of automated commercial vehicles. Titled “Transportation Innovation: Automated Trucks and Our Nation’s Highways," the hearing [looked] at the benefits of automated truck safety technology as well as the potential impacts on jobs and the economy. It [focused] on trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles as part of bipartisan efforts to draft self-driving legislation. “Self-driving technology for trucks and other large vehicles has emerged as a pivotal issue in Congress’ attempt to help usher in a new era of transportation,” said Thune.
Source: TruckingInfo.com


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Trucking Industry, Navistar Back U.S. Self-Driving Legislation

A U.S. trucking trade group and truck maker Navistar International Corp urged a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday to include self-driving commercial trucks in proposed legislation intended to speed autonomous vehicles to market. "It's important for industry to participate in the creation of advanced driving technologies now," said Navistar Chief Executive Troy Clarke in testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee. "Providing clarity on the legislative and regulatory front will allow us, truck manufacturers, to design and validate systems that meet the future needs of our customers."
Source: Reuters


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Former Navistar CEO Daniel Ustian, SEC Ready to Discuss Settlement

Former Navistar International Inc. CEO Daniel Ustian and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have indicated they are ready to discuss a possible settlement in a civil lawsuit citing Ustian with “misleading investors and aiding and abetting violations” of federal clean air laws. In a federal court filing Aug. 31, the parties told a federal judge they are “interested in participating in a settlement conference.” On Sept. 7 a judge scheduled the settlement conference for Dec. 11. In its lawsuit, SEC said Ustian made fraudulent statements to the public about Navistar’s ability to meet a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency deadline to comply with rigorous emission standards for heavy-duty diesel truck engines.
Source: Transport Topics


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Pace of Trucking Industry Change About To Hit Warp Speed

General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra likes to observe that the automotive industry will see more change in the next five years than it has in the last 50. That’s so true, and it applies to all forms of automotive transport, including trucking. Just look at some of the recent changes in transportation.
Source: Trucks.com


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Ballots for ATD Election of Isuzu Line Rep. Must be Postmarked by Sept. 15

Ballots to elect ATD’s Isuzu line representative must be postmarked no later than Sept. 15, 2017. Photocopies are invalid. Contact Kim Carey with ATD at kcarey@nada.org if you have any questions.
Source: ATD


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Top Stories
Florida Escapes Worst of Irma, Impact Felt Across State
FMCSA Expands Irma Regional Emergency Declaration to Six More States
Senate to Hold Hearing on Automated Trucks
Trucking Industry, Navistar Back U.S. Self-Driving Legislation
Former Navistar CEO Daniel Ustian, SEC Ready to Discuss Settlement
Pace of Trucking Industry Change About To Hit Warp Speed
Ballots for ATD Election of Isuzu Line Rep. Must be Postmarked by Sept. 15




 



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