Trucking Industry News Update 12/8/16

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Nikola Introduces Fuel-Efficient Electric TruckApex Trucking News Update

Nikola Motor Co. unveiled Nikola One, its hydrogen-electric Class 8 tractor. It promises to be the end of diesel engines and the world’s most fuel-efficient tractor trailer. Read more from Heavy Duty Trucking and Transport Topics.

FMCSA Finalizes Drug and Alcohol Rule

The FMCSA Administration published a final rule establishing a Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse database. Read more from The Trucker and FleetOwner.

FMCSA Publishes Driver Training Standards

The FMCSA published a new entry-level driver training final rule. Read more from Transport Topics and CCJ.

Hours of Service Fix Attached to Short-Term Funding Bill

A clarification to the 34-Hour hours-of-service restart rule has been included in a short-term funding bill. Read more from Heavy Duty Trucking and Land Line Magazine.

Trucking Jobs Continue to Increase

For-hire trucking gained 1,100 jobs in November, continuing a five-month streak of increases, according to the Department of Labor. Read more from CCJ and Land Line Magazine.

Diesel Prices Jump 6 Cents

The average retail diesel price increased 6 cents to $2.48 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy. Read more from Overdrive Magazine and American Trucker.

AAA Says Sleepy Driving Dangerous

A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash. Read more from Land Line Magazine, and The Trucker.

November Truck Orders Up

November 2016 truck orders increased over November 2015, the first increase in two years, according to FTR Transportation Intelligence. Read more from The Wall Street Journal and FleetOwner.

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