Jet Fuel Shortages Impact on Firefighting

As the country struggles with shortages of goods, jet fuel is no exception.  Throughout the coronavirus pandemic the demand for jet fuel fell sharply across the country.  According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, jet fuel supplied in the U.S. in 2020 fell 38% compared to 2019 pre-pandemic levels. Jet fuel demand has increased about 26% since the start of this year, though it has not reached 2019 levels. The administration’s Weekly Petroleum Status Report from this July shows demand was at 78% in 2019. Up 44%  around the same time in 2020 when the pandemic had taken hold.

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Gulf Coast Braces for Tropical Storm

A potential tropical cyclone has been forming in the Gulf of Mexico over the past few days and it’s anticipated to make landfall Friday night and into the weekend.  The potential tropical cyclone is  located about 255 miles south of Morgan City Louisiana as of 7:00 a.m. Friday morning.  The storms winds were recorded at 35mph Friday morning and according to weather.com, “A storm needs a defined center of circulation and winds of at least 39mph to be considered a tropical storm and get a name, which will be Claudette.” Read More

Infrastructure Deal Gaining Momentum

Last week, meetings were held at the White House with key Democratic and Republican senators discussing President Biden’s American Jobs Plan.  President Biden has made it known that he is willing to narrow the scope of the bill, which is currently slated as a massive $2.3 trillion dollar proposal.  By narrowing the scope of this bill to traditional infrastructure items such as roads, bridges, and broadband, there is optimism that a bipartisan deal can be reached.

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Navigating Toll Roads

Toll roads are nothing new to the American public.  The inception of road tolling came about in the early 1900s when there was a need to generate revenue to build and maintain roadways.  Toll roads today still exist to generate revenue, but they have grown far more complex. Read More

The DRIVE-Safe Act

Senator Todd Young of Indiana is leading a group of legislators in unveiling a new program to enable truck drivers under the age of 21 to cross state lines, which is currently prohibited. The DRIVE-Safe Act, (Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy) aims to enhance safety training and includes an apprentice program that allows individuals under the age of 21 to operator commercial motor vehicles for interstate commerce. While this proposed legislation is not a new topic, it has gained momentum from both sides of the aisle and has the support of organizations such as the American Trucking Association (ATA) and the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA).

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U.K. Shut Down Again

Yesterday morning, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed a 6-week lockdown in England due to a surge in Covid-19 infections. Lockdown measures are like ones imposed last spring and include the closures of secondary and primary schools. CNN reported, people will be allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons like shopping for essentials, exercise and medical assistance. other businesses that will be shut down until at least mid-February include sports facilities, restaurants, bars, hair salons, gyms and theaters.

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Airports and the Vaccine Dilemma

With the impending release of Covid-19 vaccinations, there is much debate among the aviation industry and what requirements should be mandated when it comes to international travel.  Airports Council International (ACI), a non-profit organization that represents the worlds airports, has joined many airlines in calling for a choice between testing or vaccination, fearing a blanket rule imposing pre-flight inoculation would be as disruptive as quarantines, Reuter’s reports.  The ACI World Director General, Luis Felipe de Oliveira stated, “Just as quarantine effectively halted the industry, a universal requirement for vaccines could do the same.”

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Electricity Sold as Motor Fuel

Earlier this week California announced they are now allowing private entities to sell electricity as motor fuel at charging stations. The announcement was made by Volvo Trucks North America as they worked in conjunction with other companies to facilitate the change. Prior to this news, Transport Topics states “California utilities were guided by a 2010 CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) decision exempting light-duty vehicle charging station providers from being regulated as a utility, but did not explicitly exempt medium and heavy duty charging station providers.” Three of the companies that joined Volvo’s effort include Trillium, a brand of the Love’s family of companies, Greenlots, a member of Shell Group, and Calstart, a non-profit organization focused on clean transportation technology.

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General Motors and Ford Reach Manufacturing Milestones

Not so fast my friends, this is no ordinary auto business milestone, back in March, General Motors (GM) and Ford struck contracts with the federal government to manufacture ventilators in order to help combat shortages due to the Covid-19 pandemic. These contracts have now been fulfilled, but it was not without the support of some key partners along the way.

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Competition in Autonomy

The transportation industry has seen an influx of autonomous trucks and vehicles. Companies such as Embark, Daimler, TuSimple and Volvo, may now have to fend off a new competitor. The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania based company, Locomation, has just completed trials of their autonomous relay convoy technology with the asset-based carrier Wilson Logistics. Their unique technology platform combines Al-driven autonomy with driver augmentation in what they call the first combination of its type. Before diving into the results of their first trial, the founders of Locomation have put together a short video detailing the essentials of their technology. Please view at: https://youtu.be/RGJEymZ2dww

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