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Government, Business, Technology

Advisory Panel Asks FMCSA to 'Get a Seat at the Table' on Autonomous Truck Issues

Freightliner Trucks

A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advisory committee formally asked the agency to get “proactive and involved” with a Department of Transportation inter-agency group to get the commercial motor vehicle industry “a seat at the table” to work on the design, safety and regulatory aspects of autonomous trucks.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 26, 2016
Government

Wisconsin Receives $1.615 Million in FHWA Emergency Funds After Floods

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced on Oct. 25 that the Federal Highway Administration is making $1.615 million in emergency relief funds available to Wisconsin to help begin repairs to roads and bridges damaged by major flooding in August and September in Buffalo and Trempealeau counties.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
October 26, 2016
Government

Warn Drivers About Drug Mix Side Effects, FMCSA Board Urges

Members of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Medical Review Board on Oct. 25 voted unanimously to ask primary care physicians and certified medical examiners to consider if drivers are qualified to operate trucks and buses if they are prescribed a mix of narcotics and depressants.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 25, 2016
Government, Business, Safety

Wisconsin Using Grants to Reduce Crashes

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For a third straight year, Wisconsin’s State Patrol has received federal and state funding in hopes of continuing to reduce large truck crashes in the state. The yearlong grants of nearly $500,000, which boosted the three-year total over $700,000, took effect Oct. 1.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
October 25, 2016
Government, Fuel

Regulators Announce Date for Greenhouse Gas Phase 2 Final Rule

US EPA

A rule aimed at reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from heavy- and medium-duty trucks will take effect in two months, federal regulators announced Oct. 25.

Transport Topics
October 25, 2016
Government

Richard Carlson Elevated to Permanent Kansas DOT Chief

Richard Carlson, acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation since Mike King resigned under fire on July 15, had the acting part of his title removed by Gov. Sam Brownback on Oct. 24. However, the State Senate still must confirm the appointment.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
October 25, 2016
Government, Safety, Business

FMCSA Panels Advance Sleep Apnea Recommendations

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Two Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advisory committees forwarded on Oct. 24 a slate of comprehensive moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea risk factor recommendations that the agency could use in a formal regulatory requirement for truck and bus drivers to submit to costly diagnostic sleep studies.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 24, 2016
Government, Fuel, Business

New Jersey Senators Hope to Repeal Fuel-Tax Hikes

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Just six days after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed the compromise gas-tax legislation into law, two of his fellow Republicans introduced a bill on Oct. 20 to repeal it.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
October 24, 2016
Government

House Chairman Defends Federal Transportation Agency During Debate

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LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — The top transportation policymaker in the U.S. House rejected the notion of devolving transportation authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation to state agencies during a debate with a tea party-backed opponent at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus on Oct. 21.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 24, 2016
Government, Business

Minnesota, Wisconsin Celebrate New I-90 Bridge

Minnesota DOT

Officials from the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation along with elected officials celebrated the dedication of the new Dresbach Bridge over the Mississippi River on Oct. 21.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
October 24, 2016

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