Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Congressmen, Senators Send Letters Asking EPA Not to Drop Glider Kit Rule

Glider Kits Fitzgerald Glider Kits by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have written three separate letters to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt asking him to reconsider his proposal to repeal an Obama administration regulation that would limit the number of glider kits manufactured each year.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 20, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Alabama Port Authority Finds Partner for Planned Automobile-Handling Terminal

Alabama State Port Authority

Last month, the Alabama State Port Authority announced major funding grants for a planned automobile-handling terminal. It now has a deal with a partner that will develop and operate it.

Lawrence Specker | Alabama Media Group
April 19, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

House Consideration of Meal-and-Rest-Break Provision Possible Week of April 23

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Three lawmakers are sponsoring an amendment to an aviation reauthorizing bill aimed at ensuring nationwide uniformity for meal-and-rest break rules for truckers.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 19, 2018
Government, Logistics, TCA

TxDOT to Forgive $1.3 Billion in Unpaid Toll Fees, Fines

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The Texas Department of Transportation will waive more than $1.3 billion in late fines and fees owed by those who drove on its toll roads since 2007, agency officials say, a response to a cap in such fees imposed last year by the Legislature

Ben Wear | Austin American-Statesman
April 19, 2018
Government, Safety

North Carolina Truckers to See 14.61% Surcharge on Liability Insurance

NC Insurance NCRF Annual Report

North Carolina motor carriers are being slapped with a 14.61% surcharge on their liability insurance policies to plug a $96 million shortfall in the state’s insurance risk pool.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 19, 2018
Government, Business

Tennessee Law Prohibits State Funds From Supporting ELD Enforcement of Ag Haulers

Tennessee's Haslam Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed the law April 18. (Mark Zaleski/Associated Press)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law April 18 that would prohibit state funds from being used to enforce electronic logging device regulations for certain agriculture-related hauls

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 19, 2018
Government, Business

NAFTA Negotiators Wrap Up Telecom Chapter, Sources Say

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NAFTA negotiators are said to have wrapped up another chapter of the deal as the three ministers leading talks meet again in Washington amid a push for a deal in principle within weeks.

Eric Martin Josh Wingrove and Andrew Mayeda | Bloomberg News
April 19, 2018
Government, Business

Fed Economists Say Tariffs More Likely to Kill Than Create Jobs

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U.S. President Donald Trump may hope his tariffs on imported steel and aluminum will create new jobs, or at least protect existing ones. Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said the opposite outcome was more likely.

Matthew Boesler | Bloomberg News
April 19, 2018
Government, Business

CARB Expected to OK Tougher Smoke Opacity Limits in May

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California environmental regulators are scheduled next month to consider changes that would toughen state standards on smoke opacity as well as require motor carriers with two or more trucks to report to the agency the results from an annual smoke self-test.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 19, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Ex-Trooper Sentenced in Dallas Trucking Company Inspection Fraud


A former Texas Department of Public Safety sergeant was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison April 16 for accepting bribes from a Dallas trucking company in exchange for top-level inspection decals.

Claire Z. Cardona | The Dallas Morning News
April 19, 2018