Week in Trucking: Bumpy road for Trump, improving conditions for carriers and a final push to stop ELD rule

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This Week in Trucking, President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan is hitting some bumps in the road; economic indicators continue to favor improving conditions for the nation’s trucking fleets and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is making a last-ditch effort to stop the upcoming ELD mandate.

Bumps in the road

President Donald Trump’s hopes for a bipartisan bill to fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure might be stuck in partisan politics. Can the president save the plan? (Politico)

Read: Why Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan could wind up in a ditch

More positive signs for trucking

Economic indicators continue to show improvement ahead for the trucking industry, including industry employment growth and market condition improvement. (CCJ)

Read: Indicators: Conditions for carriers appear stronger, trucking employment continues to grow

Battling to the Supreme Court

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is taking its fight against the ELD mandate to the U.S. Supreme Court in a final effort to block the rule before its implementation later this year. (Fleet Owner)

Read: OOIDA to Supreme Court: ELD mandate violates 4th amendment

The Tesla of trucks is coming

Elon Musk tweeted this week that Tesla’s electric semi truck, which the company said it was working on last summer, will be unveiled in September. (The Verge)

Read: Elon Musk says Tesla will unveil its electric semi truck in September

Put down the phone

A new study suggests that more than half of all highway crashes are caused by phone distraction. (Land Line Now)

Read: More than half of crashes involved phone distraction, study reveals

Trucking by remote control

A Swedish company is hoping to develop an electric truck that is controlled by a remote driver, who manages multiple vehicles at once. (PSFK)

Read: This remote controlled truck is looking to reshape the shipping industry

Fighting human trafficking

CNN provides a nice look at the efforts of the trucking industry to combat human trafficking. (CNN)

Read: Eyes of the highways: Raising a 'trucker army' for trafficking fight

No need to raise truck weights

The Truckload Carriers Association is urging Congress not to raise the federal weight limit on trucks from its current 80,000-lb. limit. (TruckingInfo.com)

Read: TCA implores Congress not to raise truck weights