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Transport Topics government and regulatory coverage keeps managers of a highly-regulated industry aware of the policy decisions that can shape their businesses. Covering both the legislative and regulatory aspects of policy-making, at both the state and national levels, the news in this category includes looks at infrastructure, hours of service, emissions rules, funding measures, leadership appointments, and more. Readers can follow what’s happening in Congress, at the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, and in state and local governments.

Government, Business

Inflation, Consumer Spending Cool in December

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge eased further in December, and consumer spending fell — the latest evidence that the Fed’s series of interest rate hikes are slowing the economy.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
January 27, 2023

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Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Idaho Replaces 511 Trucking App With New One

State transportation officials want to get the word out to thousands of truckers using the Idaho 511 Trucking app that they need to switch to a new 511 state travel system because the other doesn’t work now.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
January 27, 2023
Government, Safety, Logistics

Federal Grant to Make Golden Gate Bridge Safer From Earthquakes

Protecting the safety of travelers over the Golden Gate Bridge, including 555,000 truck drivers carrying freight annually, was a key topic among Washington officials gathered in San Francisco near the iconic landmark to celebrate a $400 million federal grant for earthquake resiliency.

January 27, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

SUVs Emerge as Hot Point in EV Tax Credit Debate

General Motors Co. has taken a central role in pushing the Treasury Department to change how the government defines a sport utility vehicle and expand how many buyers can get electric vehicle tax credits.

January 27, 2023
Government, Business, Logistics

Rail Workers Still Seeking Quality-of-Life Improvements

OMAHA, Neb. — The contract imposed on railroad workers last fall didn’t resolve their quality-of-life issues, but already this year there are indications the major freight railroads are starting to address some of their concerns.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
January 26, 2023
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Positive Marijuana Tests Among Drivers Grow at Alarming Rate

Nearly 41,000 truck drivers tested positive for marijuana in 2022, a 32% increase over 2021, according to a report recently compiled from data in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 26, 2023
Government, Business

Republicans to Review Supply Chain Operations

For their first order of business this year, Republicans on the transportation committee in the U.S. House of Representatives intend to delve into supply chain operations.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 26, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Trucking Groups Not Pleased With Toll Hikes in Northeast States

Toll increases this year in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York are frustrating trucking companies that are having to pass on costs in the form of higher freight charges.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
January 26, 2023

TT Podcasts: RoadSigns

Host Seth Clevenger chats with Torc Robotics CEO Peter Vaughan Schmidt about the realities of autonomous truck technology and how they fit into the freight transportation industry. Second of a three-part series on autonomous vehicles.

January 26, 2023
Government, Business, Logistics

Bill Would Let Younger Drivers Move Freight at Ports

Legislation that aims to allow young commercial drivers to transport freight from ports was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 25, 2023