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 | Senior Reporter
August 1, 2017
Government, Safety

Report Examining CSA Program Coming Out June 27

A study examining the safety scoring program used by federal trucking regulators is scheduled to be unveiled June 27, the National Academy of Sciences announced.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 22, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Advisory Panel Backs Plan to Eliminate 12 Vehicle Regulations


A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advisory committee agreed to a preliminary plan by the agency to eliminate 12 mostly outdated “nothing burger” commercial vehicle regulations to comply with President Donald Trump’s executive order intended to ease regulatory burdens on businesses.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 19, 2017
Business, Equipment

Carriers, Shippers View Drop and Hook as Improvement in Operational Efficiency

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Shippers and carriers sometimes might disagree on fair rates, settlement schedules or detention charges. But there is one freight-hauling technique that wins kudos from both sides: drop and hook. It sounds easy — and it can be — if the timing is right, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 19, 2017

House Debates Easing Rules for Road Project Approvals

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

The rebuilding of the Interstate 85 bridge in Atlanta that collapsed last month may serve as an exemplar for how to expedite federal and state permitting rules, argued House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.).

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 10, 2017

Shippers, Carriers Race to Prepare for April Start of Federal Food Safety Modernization Regulation

Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

With the April compliance date for the federal government’s new food transportation safety rule fast approaching, regulators are preparing to clamp down on bad actors in the food supply chain.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 9, 2017

FMCSA Panels Give Approval for Driver Health Measures


WASHINGTON — A pair of commercial driver health-related measures won approval from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advisory panels last week.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 31, 2016

Federal Regulators Release Speed Limiter Environmental Assessment

Federal regulators on Sept. 28 released to the public their draft environmental assessment for a proposed rule requiring that heavy-duty trucks limit their speeds.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 28, 2016

DOT Sued for 21-Year Driver-Training Regulation Delay

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Two public interest groups and the Teamsters Union have filed suit against the Department of Transportation, claiming it has dragged its feet in creating entry-level driver training requirements for commercial motor vehicle operators.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 19, 2014