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Post Office to test autonomous semi-trucks for hauling mail across state lines

The US Postal Service is testing its first long-haul self-driving delivery truck in a two-week pilot program that will use an autonomous tractor-trailer to deliver mail between distribution centers in Phoenix and Dallas. TuSimple, a self-driving truck company, is providing the vehicle and will have a safety engineer and driver in the cab to monitor its performance and take control if...

Lawmakers introduce bill to repeal Federal Excise Tax on new trucks

Two members of the US House of Representatives recently introduced legislation aimed at repealing the 12% federal excise tax on certain heavy-duty trucks, tractors and trailers. Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) led a bipartisan effort on April 29 to unveil the Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act of 2019, which would repeal the tax. The lawmakers emphasized in...

Used truck prices up 9% over last year

Record-setting orders for new Class 8 trucks are apparently not creating any type of used-truck glut, if used-truck prices are any indication. The average price of total used Class 8 trucks in September rose 3% month-over-month and fared even better, up 9% year-to-date, when compared to the first nine months of 2017, according to ACT Research. Read the...

US/Mexico trade deal might impact trucks

Annex language attached to the freshly minted trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) paves the way for the US to limit how far Mexican trucks can transport goods into the US. The annex says the US “reserves the right” to limit “grants of authority for persons of Mexico to provide cross-border long-haul truck services” outside US border commercial zones,...

Will Young Truckers Be Taking the Wheel?

A new bill that would open interstate trucking opportunities to drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 was introduced in the US Senate on August 16. The Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy, or DRIVE-Safe Act, the same name attached to a similar House bill introduced in March, proposes a two-step program for potential young drivers to complete once they obtain a...

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