Government, Business, Equipment

Railroads Would Save $17 Million With Construction Equipment Exemption

Aaron B. Hockley/Flickr

Several types of railroad construction and maintenance equipment would be exempted from OSHA’s construction crane rule if details of a proposal released July 18 take effect.

Bruce Rolfsen | Bloomberg News
July 18, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Coming Soon to California: Cars Without a Human Behind the Wheel


California took another step Oct. 11 toward permitting testing of self-driving vehicles without a human driver, continuing a shift away from previous policies that companies criticized as being overly restrictive.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
October 11, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Grants Truck Renting and Leasing Association a Limited Five-Year ELD Exemption

TT File Photo

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it is granting the Truck Renting and Leasing Association a five-year exemption from a federal requirement that all trucks be equipped with electronic logging devices to record drivers’ hours of service.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 11, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Big-Rig Technology Moving Quickly Down the On-Ramp

Daimler AG

While advancements in autonomous — or self-driving — cars get much of the attention, development of self-driving commercial vehicles is speeding forward.

Judy Keen | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
October 9, 2017
Government, Safety

Industry Stakeholders Generally Support a National Academy of Sciences CSA Study, But Still See Challenges Ahead

National Academy of Sciences

While many trucking stakeholders have said for years that they support the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in concept, not all are convinced that the recommendations of an elite academic panel of the National Academy of Sciences will plug all the holes in the program.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 5, 2017
Government, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Bill Allowing 80,000 Self-Driving Cars on the Road Passes Senate Panel

A row of Google self-driving Lexus cars at a Google event outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Eric Risberg/AP

WASHINGTON – On a unanimous voice vote, a Senate committee approved legislation Oct. 4 that authorizes self-driving car makers to sell as many as 80,000 vehicles a year within three years that would be exempt from current safety standards as manufacturers develop technology for autonomous vehicles.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press
October 5, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Vehicles Raising Big Questions Around Drunk Driving, Seat Belts, Open Container Laws and More

Marco Verch/Flickr

The idea of highways being filled with self-driving cars may be alluring, but it has highway safety experts raising numerous questions about common contemporary issues like drunk driving, seat belt use and how other motorists might react to a car without a driver behind the wheel.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
October 5, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Sen. Thune Working on Creating Modern-Day ‘Rules of the Road’ for Autonomous Vehicles

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

As the Obamacare reform debate rages on in full force, U.S. Sen. John Thune doesn’t have his sights set entirely on the headline-stealing topics of health care and tax reform. The always busy South Dakota Republican is also eyeing legislation for the growing autonomous vehicle market, or self-driving cars.

Evan Hendershot | The Daily Republic (Mitchell, S.D.)
September 26, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

House Passes Bill to Speed Introduction of Self-Driving Vehicles

The specially designed delivery car that Ford Motor Co. and Domino’s Pizza will use to test self-driving pizza deliveries, at Domino’s headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ford and Domino’s are teaming up to test how consumers react if a driverless car delive Focus Dee-Ann Durbin/AP

U.S. House lawmakers passed a wide-ranging bill to speed the introduction of self-driving vehicles championed by tech and auto companies racing to develop and deploy the technology.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
September 7, 2017
Government, Business

Freight Executives Tout Administration’s Focus on Regulations, Tax Reform

Trucking executives meeting President Trump at White House Sherri Garner Brumbaugh (left corner) and other freight executives listen to President Trump speaking during a meeting at the White House. (Ken Nahigian for Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s emphasis on streamlining regulations and reforming the U.S. tax code would help small businesses grow, freight executives said after a meeting at the White House on Aug. 1.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 1, 2017