Tag: COVID19

Toyota Develops Vehicle To Transport Seriously Ill COVID-19 Patients

As of date, the new coronavirus pandemic has already affected several countries around the world, with 3.25-million confirmed cases and death toll hitting the 230,000 mark. In Japan, there are 14,305 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 455 deaths. Tokyo, the nation’s capital, tallies the most number of confirmed cases and casualties, with Osaka and Kanagawa following behind.

As such, Toyota Motor Corporation has extended its hand in order to assist in this time of crisis. Earlier this week, the carmaker announced the production of medical face shields for Japan, with production capacity boosted up to 40,000 units per month.

Toyota has aided in the transport of COVID-19 cases, as well. It has provided 11 vehicles for mildly-ill patients since April 10, covering Tokyo, Chiba Prefecture, and Miyagi Prefecture.

Toyota Hiace For Seriously Ill Patients
Toyota Hiace For Seriously Ill Patients

The automaker’s latest addition to its coronavirus aid is this – a Toyota Hiace converted into a vehicle transport specifically modified to ferry

Read More

Avia Solutions Group Donates $2M for COVID-19 Vaccine Transportation

“Being one of the biggest aviation services group and a socially responsible humanitarian flights provider, we decided to solidarize with other large global companies. We have sent an official offer of $2M worth flight budget to the World Health Organization with an aim to help combat COVID-19. The support money shall be dedicated to transporting COVID-19 vaccines to highly infected places using the company’s aircraft fleet – Dornier 228, Boeing 747-400F, B737-400F and Airbus A321,” says Mr. Vygaudas Usackas, Ambassador and Member of the Board of Directors of Avia Solutions Group.

Avia Solutions Group is the biggest integrated aviation service provider in the world with up to 50% of its flights being humanitarian. The company currently controls the operations of Chapman Freeborn, Bluebird Nordic and Avion Express, which together achieve around 10 000 flight hours per month performing medical aid flights, repatriation, United Nations World Food Programme missions and other

Read More

Department of Transportation | HDOT COVID-19 update: Identification credentials, safety checks, and vehicle registrations

HDOT COVID-19 update: Identification credentials, safety checks, and vehicle registrations

Posted on Apr 30, 2020 in Highways News, Main, News

HONOLULU – In consideration of Governor Ige’s 6th supplementary emergency proclamation through May 31, 2020, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) provides the following updates on identification credentials, Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections (PMVI or Safety Checks), and motor vehicle registrations.

Identification Credentials (Driver’s Licenses, State Identification Cards)

  • Driver’s licenses, instruction permits, and State Identification cards that expire between March 15 and May 31, 2020, are granted a 90-day waiver. All State-issued credentials expiring during this date range will be considered valid for an additional 90-days from the end of Governor Ige’s 6th supplementary emergency proclamation on May 31, 2020. This extension is to provide enough time for the public to obtain or renew credentials once face-to-face government services are reopened.
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders with a CDL that expired
Read More

CA tells insurers to return some premiums, including auto insurance, due to COVID-19

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Monday ordered insurers to refund some premiums to help provide financial relief to businesses and consumer during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lara’s bulletin impacts insurance lines with a decreased risk of loss due to the crisis, including private passenger and commercial automobile, workers’ compensation, commercial multi-peril and liability, and medical malpractice, according to a news release from the commissioner’s office.

The order would cover premiums for at least March and April, and could extend through May if statewide stay-at-home restrictions remain in place.

“With Californians driving fewer miles and many businesses closed due to the COVID-19 emergency, consumers need relief from premiums that no longer reflect their present-day risk of accident or loss,” Lara said in the release. “Today’s mandatory action will put money back in people’s pockets when they need it most.”

Under the bulletin, insurance companies would have to provide a premium credit,

Read More

Like everything else, state’s transportation system likely to suffer due to COVID-19

Wiki Commons

If Mississippians aren’t driving, they are not buying as much gasoline, resulting in a reduction in revenue from the tax on gasoline.

It is too early to see actual data, but it is highly likely that among the many negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the tragic loss of life, will be to Mississippi’s highways and bridges.

The primary source of revenue for Mississippi’s Department of Transportation is the state’s 18.4-cent per gallon tax on motor fuels, primarily gasoline.

With the state under a shelter-in-place order, it is logical to assume Mississippians are not driving as much. And if folks are not driving, they are not buying as much gasoline, resulting in a reduction in revenue from the tax on gasoline.

Bobby Harrison

If people are not driving as much, it also could be logical to assume damage is not being done to the state’s infrastructure system.

Read More

Pre & Post COVID-19 Market Estimates-Global Oil and Gas Pipeline and Transportation Automation Market 2020-2024 | Evolving Opportunities with ABB Ltd. and Danfoss AS | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The oil and gas pipeline and transportation automation market is poised to grow by USD 1.94 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period. Request free sample pages

Read the 149-page report with TOC on “Oil and Gas Pipeline and Transportation Automation Market Analysis Report by Application (pipeline, and LNG and terminal) and Geographic Landscape (APAC, Europe, MEA, North America, and South America), and the Segment Forecasts, 2020-2024”.

https://www.technavio.com/report/global-oil-and-gas-pipeline-and-transportation-automation-market-industry-analysis

The market is driven by the expansion of oil terminals. In addition, the virtualization of automation control systems is anticipated to boost the growth of the Oil and Gas Pipeline and Transportation Automation Market.

Oil terminal support the oil and gas supply chain by storing crude oil and petroleum products. With the rise in the global demand for energy, there has been an increase in the number of oil terminals and pipeline

Read More

Average New-Vehicle Prices Up Nearly 3% Year-Over-Year in March 2020, Despite COVID-19 Impact on the Economy, According to Kelley Blue Book

IRVINE, Calif., April 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $37,736 in March 2020. New-vehicle prices increased $972 (up 2.6%) from March 2019, while dropped $38 (down 0.1%) from last month.

“While the automotive industry and broader U.S. economy were brought to a near halt in March, average transaction prices remained stable from February and increased from this time last year, showing strength in line with the first two months of the year,” said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “Prices were supported by the abundance of incentives quickly enacted by manufacturers and their captive finance companies, including 0% financing for 84 months and payment deferrals of up to 180 days.”

With most of the country encouraged to stay at home for at least another

Read More

Vehicle carrying COVID-19 samples involved in I-195 crash

A crash on Interstate 195 involving a vehicle transporting COVID-19 samples is under investigation, according to state police.A tractor trailer and a Honda Civic collided in the westbound lanes of I-195 in Seekonk at about 9 a.m.The female driver was not injured, but she was initially taken to the hospital because of suspected exposure to the samples, state police said. The hazmat team determined the samples were not compromised, the container holding them was intact and the driver would be released, state police said. A spokeswoman with the State Fire Marshal’s office said the samples were en route to the lab.The crash is under investigation.

A crash on Interstate 195 involving a vehicle transporting COVID-19 samples is under investigation, according to state police.

A tractor trailer and a Honda Civic collided in the westbound lanes of I-195 in Seekonk at about 9 a.m.

The female driver was

Read More

Lithia Dodge in Billings changing vehicle shopping amid COVID-19 pandemic

Some auto dealerships in Billings are making it easier for customers to purchase vehicles by eliminating the first few months of payments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Austin Saylor, general manager of Lithia Dodge in Billings, says that the company has taken an approach aimed at convenience for customers, while also avoiding them coming into the dealership to buy cars.

The dealer has videos posted online where customers can take a virtual tour of vehicles. Customers can also schedule remote test drives where a vehicle is dropped off at the customer’s location and completely sanitized before being driven.

“I would say the majority of the whole transaction, the customer hasn’t even come into the dealership,” says Saylor.

Lithia Dodge has implemented new payment programs that push payments back for up to six months on new vehicles, allowing buyers to avoid that initial hit to their wallets during the pandemic.

“The best

Read More

Good News from the Industry as it Rallies Against the Spread of Covid-19 [Update: Muc-Off Launch Anti-Bac Fight Back Program]

Among the constant bad news about the worsening spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, brands and people in the bike industry are trying to make the most of a bad situation. Check out some of the positive news stories to come through our inbox.

Muc-Off launch ‘Anti Bac Fight Back’ project

Muc-Off has added to their recent efforts of assisting with the shortage of plastic bottles for hand sanitiser by launching their new ‘Anti Bac Fight Back’ project. The new program from the UK based company sees them take three different approaches to the situation. Support front line workers, protecting people and global support.

Adding to their previous efforts Muc-Off is now providing ITU nurses with anti-bacterial moisturising creams to help with the soreness creating by wearing face masks during their shifts. The aim is to donate 100,000 products to front line health workers.

They have also released a new range

Read More