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Government, Business, Safety

HOS Rules Relaxed as Subtropical Storm Moves Through Southeast

Alberto Subtropical Storm Alberto approaches Pensacola, Fla. (Dan Anderson/Associated Press)

Hours-of-service rules are being relaxed in seven states as Subtropical Storm Alberto bears down on the Southeast.

Transport Topics
May 29, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

Free Market vs. Subsidies at Heart of Brazil Truckers’ Strike

Demonstrators briefly stop empty fuel trucks arriving to refill at a fuel distribution facility, as they protest the rise in fuel costs in Duque Caxias, Brazil May 28. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Brazilian cabinet ministers on May 28 called on truckers to end a crippling eight-day strike that has led to major shortages and disruptions in Latin America’s largest nation, saying the government had gone as far as it could to meet their demands.

Peter Prengaman and Marcelo Silva De Sousa | Associated Press
May 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

DOT Launches BUILD Grant Webinar Series

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The U.S. Department of Transportation launched the first of a series of webinars May 24 to teach people how to compete for Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD, discretionary grants.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 25, 2018
Government, Logistics, TCA

$1.6 Billion Project Approved by Texas Transport Agency

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After months spent hashing out how to pay the $1.6 billion tab, North Texas’ most pressing freeway need at long last gained the blessing of the Texas Transportation Commission at its May 24 meeting.

Ray Leszcynski | The Dallas Morning News
May 25, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Idaho Infrastructure Faces Multibillion-Dollar Shortfall, ASCE Indicates

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Idaho received a C- on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ most recent infrastructure report card, and state transportation officials are willing to weigh funding mechanisms in order to finance needed maintenance and repairs.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 25, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 100

Postal Service’s Pricing Methodology Upheld by Appeals Court

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The U.S. Postal Service’s method to set prices for competitive services was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on May 22.

Bernie Pazanowski | Bloomberg News
May 25, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

California Worker Status Rule Gives Employers Cause for Concern

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Are you an employee, and do you get all the benefits that come with it? Many California businesses wonder what the answer might now be for their workforce. And many may not like the answer under a new test recently adopted by the state Supreme Court.

Jon Steingart | Bloomberg News
May 25, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

Security Forces Deployed as Trucker Strike Upends Brazilian Economy

Striking truckers and motorcycle messengers block the entrance of BR Distribuidora, a fuel station run by the state-run oil company Petrobras, May 24. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

Brazil sank further into chaos May 25 as the fifth day of a nationwide truckers’ strike prompted the deployment of national security forces amid warnings of a calamity in one of world’s largest cities and potentially devastating livestock losses.

Simone Iglesias Fabiana Batista and Tatiana Freitas | Bloomberg News
May 25, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: New FMCSA Chief Shows Vision

Ray Martinez, the newly installed head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, made the rounds last week, speaking first to trucking executives at American Trucking Associations’ midyear management meeting May 20 and then to lawmakers in the House of Representatives in Washington at a hearing by the Highways and Transit Subcommittee.

Transport Topics
May 24, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Trump’s Auto-Tariff Threat Adds New Pressure to NAFTA Talks

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President Donald Trump’s threat to impose sweeping new tariffs on imported automobiles may be an attempt to pressure his NAFTA partners into striking a deal that would help drive manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

Jenny Leonard | Bloomberg News
May 24, 2018

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