Noël Fletcher

Noël Fletcher

Staff Reporter


Noel Fletcher is a Transport Topics government reporter. Prior to joining Transport Topics, Noel wrote for various U.S. and international business magazines, newspapers, syndicates and wire services, including Reuters and The Journal of Commerce. For fun, she writes books, takes photographs and enjoys adventure, travel, history and a good cup of coffee.

Government, Business, Fuel

New Fuel Taxes Kick in July 1 in Number of States

Pump Willard/Getty Images

Higher gas taxes will sweep across pumps in several states on July 1 to drive fuel prices even higher.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
June 29, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Complexities in Trucking Supply Chain Cause Shippers’ Logistics to Evolve

Trucks vitpho/Getty Images

Shippers are looking at developing their own truck fleets due to low service levels and greater affordability, a leading logistics report says.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
June 28, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

Wisconsin Makes Move Among State Efforts to Address Fuel Prices

Evers Gov. Tony Evers speaks at a past event. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Wisconsin’s new emergency order to stop gas and diesel price gouging is among the latest moves by several governors to lessen the impact of rising fuel prices.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
June 27, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Electric Vehicle Working Group Seeks Members by July 15

EV being charged Keith Srakocic/AP

Nominations of truckers, local officials, regulators, labor union members and vehicle manufacturers are being sought by July 15 to serve on a new electric vehicle federal advisory group under the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
June 23, 2022
Government, Fuel

Wyoming Governor’s New Group to Target Fuel Prices

Image of truck driver frustrated by high fuel prices Diesel fuel in Wyoming averaged $5.684 per gallon June 21 — 68% higher than $3.389 a year ago, according to AAA. (shotbydave/Getty Images)

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has launched an initiative to address rising fuel prices that local leaders say are affecting state residents.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
June 22, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Ohio, Kentucky Apply for Federal Grant for New Interstate Bridge

Brent Spence Bridge Brent Spence Bridge by Ohio Department of Transportation

Kentucky and Ohio officials are pushing forward to build a companion to the Brent Spence Bridge after both governors recently applied for a $1.66 billion federal mega infrastructure grant to improve the notorious bottlenecked 8-mile freight corridor.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
June 15, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Oregon Alerts Portland-Area Truckers About Diesel Retrofit Law

Portland Traffic in Portland. (Esdelval/Getty Images)

Oregon officials are reminding some owners of medium- and heavy-duty trucks using engines made in 1996 or older to get a diesel retrofit by Jan. 1.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
June 14, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Fleet Owners Urged to Be Familiar With CARB Emission Proposal

CARB Glen Kedzie (left) and Urban Johnson speak at the event. (Noël Fletcher/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Trucking companies should educate California regulators about potential impacts of a new regulation before it takes effect and becomes a model for the nation, according to fleet experts.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
June 14, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

FHWA Opens Applications for $2.36 Billion to Upgrade Bridges

Landrieu Mitch Landrieu speaks at the event. (U.S. Department of Transportation via YouTube)

The Federal Highway Administration has issued a $2.36 billion funding notice to open applications for states and local officials to apply for money to improve bridge projects across the nation.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
June 10, 2022
Government, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Administration Officials Tout Future of Electric Vehicles

DOE's David Turk and FHWA's Stephanie :Pollack at EV event outside DOT headquarters DOE Deputy Secretary David Turk and Federal Highway Administration Deputy Administrator Stephanie Pollack look over EVs at the event outside DOT headquarters. (Noel Fletcher/Transport Topics)

A new taskforce to help shape federal policy and guidance for states on electric vehicle charging networks was touted by DOT and DOE leaders as they promoted President Joe Biden’s clean energy plans.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
June 10, 2022