Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

New York, Los Angeles Team With Schumer on Self-Driving Vehicle Rules

Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg News

New York City and Los Angeles, worried that a Senate self-driving car bill would make them hand over control of their streets to the federal government, have found a powerful ally: Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Shaun Courtney | Bloomberg News
May 31, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

FHWA Drops Plan for States to Track Greenhouse Gas Levels on U.S. Highways

Interstate 65 in Kentucky Traffic on I-65 in Louisville, Ky. (Kentucky Department of Transportation)

The Federal Highway Administration has withdrawn its rule that would have required state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations to report year-over-year changes in carbon dioxide emissions on U.S. interstates and major highways.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
May 31, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

Canadian Government Publishes Final Rule on GHG, Glider Kits

Installation of glider kit in a Peterbilt truck. A glider kit is installed in a Peterbilt truck. (Fitzgerald Glider Kits via YouTube)

The Canadian office of Environment and Climate Change published a final rule on greenhouse gas regulations pertaining to heavy-duty trucks and engines in Part 2 of the Gazette on May 30.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 31, 2018
Business, Equipment, Logistics, Top 100

XPO Invests $90 Million in LTL Fleet

XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics this year plans to spend more than $90 million to purchase 770 new tractors for its less-than-truckload network in North America.

Transport Topics
May 31, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

Trucking Interests Battle GOP Members of Congress on EPA Proposed Repeal of Glider Rule

Peterbilts before engine installation. Peterbilts before engine installation. (Fitzgerald Glider Kits via YouTube)

A trucking industry-related coalition is engaged in a behind-the-scenes skirmish with two dozen Republican members of Congress over whether the Environmental Protection Agency should be required to conduct a regulatory impact analysis to support the agency’s proposal to repeal an Obama administration rule limiting the manufacture of glider kits.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
May 31, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

GM Partners With Tech Investment Firm to Bring Self-Driving Vehicles to Market Next Year

Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News

General Motors Co. and the SoftBank Vision Fund are partnering to invest in GM Cruise to bring self-driving vehicles to market by next year, the company said May 31.

Jamie LaReau | Detroit Free Press
May 31, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, TCA

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy Says Volkswagen Settlement Funds Will Help Update Diesel Trucks

Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

Connecticut is obtaining $7.5 million from the national Volkswagen settlement over emissions cheating and will use the funds to help replace aging diesel trucks and other equipment.

Bill Cummings | Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Conn.)
May 31, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

More Fleets Request Downsped Engines, Driven by Fuel Savings, GHG Regulations

Cummins X15 engine A Cummins engine. Downsped applications are on the rise. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

More fleets are requesting downsped engines that run at about 1,100 rpm at highway speeds, significantly slower than previous generations of diesels.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
May 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, TCA

Colorado Set to Be First State to Test ‘Smart Pavement’

Integrated Roadways

Tim Sylvester, CEO of Kansas City, Mo.-based Integrated Roadways, thinks his startup company’s “smart pavement” — bristling with sensors and the latest fiber-optic and wireless technology — could be a lifesaver in mishaps.

John Aguilar | The Denver Post
May 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, TCA

Funds From Volkswagen Diesel Scandal to Pay for Zero-Emission Trucks in California

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State officials figure the Volkswagen diesel emissions testing scandal added an extra 10,000 tons of noxious nitrogen oxide to California’s air. To make up for it, the state will use $423 million of Volkswagen penalty money to cut the same amount of nitrogen oxide by subsidizing the purchase of zero-emission trucks, buses and other vehicles.

Russ Mitchell | Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2018