Government, Fuel

Ted Cruz Says Imperiled Biofuel Overhaul Plan Not Dead

United Soybean Board

A day after a tentative agreement to overhaul U.S. biofuel policy appeared to collapse amid farm-state concerns, EPA chief Scott Pruitt met to discuss the issue with the lead senator pushing for the changes: Ted Cruz.

Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Mario Parker | Bloomberg News
June 7, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

North American Class 8 Orders Continue Strong Growth in May

Class 8 orders (Arne Edstrom/Volvo Trucks)

Orders for new Class 8 trucks more than doubled last month versus year-ago levels, according to preliminary data from ACT Research.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
June 7, 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, Technology, Equipment, TCA

Sacramento Begins Experiment With Digital License Plates

screenshot via Reviver Auto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The digital license plate on display outside Sacramento City Hall on June 4 does a lot of things other technology can already do.

Ben Miller | Government Technology
June 7, 2018
Government, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Roadcheck Focuses on Fatigued Truck Drivers

John Sommers II for TT

BRANDON, Iowa — Officer Chris Wicklund with the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Enforcement Agency peered into the red Kenworth’s engine, slid under the semitrailer on a mechanic’s creeper and checked the driver’s log book.

Mitchell Schmidt | The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
June 7, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Texas Planning Group Outlines Regional Freight Corridor

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In Texas, Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization officials expect to present the draft version of a regional freight corridor plan later this summer.

Michael Hutchins | Herald Democrat (Sherman, Texas)
June 7, 2018
Government, Business

National League of Cities Report: Infrastructure Among Top Issues for Local Leaders

Local elected officials continue to sound the alarm on the challenges stemming from inefficient transportation networks amid the absence of long-term infrastructure funding assurances from the White House and the U.S. Congress.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 6, 2018
Government, Equipment, Fuel

California Seeks White House Meeting on Fuel-Efficiency Revamp

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California air-pollution regulators want to meet with Trump administration officials over plans to ease federal auto-efficiency standards, saying in a letter to the White House that efforts to undermine the state’s authority would run afoul of the law.

Ryan Beene and Mark Chediak | Bloomberg News
June 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Safety, Insurance Costs Cited in Study as Reasons to Consider Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous cab (Ohio Department of Transportation)

As autonomous vehicles become more commonplace on our highways and roads, drivers of both trucks and passenger cars are likely to become more accepting of the technology, a survey of U.S. consumers by the market research firm J.D. Power found.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
June 6, 2018
Government, Business

Rhode Island Truck Tolls Will Start June 11

RI Gantry Rhode Island Department of Transportation

After a series of false starts, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will begin its trucks-only tolling program June 11.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 6, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

US, China Barter on Trade Gap as Tariff Deadline Nears

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The United States and China continued to haggle over the shape of a deal to fend off an impending trade war, with China offering to boost purchases of American goods and the United States finalizing a deal to allow China’s ZTE Corp. to resume purchases from American suppliers.

Bloomberg News
June 6, 2018