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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, Safety

Werner Driver Quinton Ward Wins Driving for Excellence Award

Werner driver Quinton Ward and ATA President Chris Spear Werner driver Quinton Ward (left) and ATA President Chris Spear by Dan Ronan/Transport Topics

Quinton Ward of New Orleans, who served five years in the U.S. Army until he was injured and received an Honorable Discharge, is the winner of the 2018 Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Program.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 14, 2018

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 1 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "How Does Congress Say Trucking," is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Government, Business

Farm Legislation Clears Congress, Moves to Trump’s Desk

Corn harvesting John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The U.S. House on Dec. 12 passed a farm policy deal, clearing the five-year measure for President Donald Trump’s signature.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 14, 2018
Government

White House Said to Officially Delay China Tariff Hike to March

China and US flag Getty Images

The Trump administration is making official its decision to delay until March 1 a tariff hike on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% from 10%, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Jenny Leonard | Bloomberg News
December 14, 2018
Government, Business

Manufacturing Production Unchanged, Missing Projections

Factory assembly Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

U.S. factory production was unchanged in November and the prior month’s reading was revised to a decline from a gain, a sign the industry may be taking a breather while still growing at a pace that supports economic growth.

Shobhana Chandra | Bloomberg News
December 14, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Electric Trucks Advance

Freightliner's all-electric eCascadia Freightliner's eCascadia all-electric heavy-duty truck. (Daimler Trucks North America)

As electric vehicle technology becomes increasingly viable for commercial trucking, fleets and manufacturers are preparing to put the first generation of battery-electric trucks on the road.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
December 14, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

China Is Said to Plan to Buy US Corn as Soon as January

Corn Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Chinese officials are preparing to restart purchases of American corn as soon as January, another sign that the Asian nation is working on a lasting detente with the U.S.

Bloomberg News
December 14, 2018
Government, Business

Retail Sales Top Estimates as Core Measure Up Most in Year

Jewelry Window Lisa Larson-Walker/Flickr

U.S. retail sales topped forecasts in November as a key measure jumped by the most in a year and October figures were revised higher, indicating consumers are giving a bigger boost to the economy than expected this quarter.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
December 14, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Funding Plan Starts With Open Dialogue

In the news business, if journalists believe a story has some long-term relevance, we say the story “has legs.” The term is meant to suggest that a topic could carry forward for a while, or that an article could be published at a later date, since the content has lesser risk of growing stale.

Transport Topics
December 13, 2018
Government, Business

Border Wall Hinders Funding Negotiations as Trump Threatens Shutdown

A contentious meeting between President Trump, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer A Dec. 12 meeting of Trump, Pelosi and Schumer got contentious over Trump's desire for $5 billion for a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico. Trump has threatened a partial government shutdown unless he gets the $5 billion. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

The threat of a partial government shutdown that would ensnare transportation programs looms as congressional Republicans and Democrats continue to disagree about President Donald Trump’s funding request for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 13, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA, Others Tackle Truck Parking Problem

FMCSA Getty Images

Elected officials are becoming more aware of the truck parking problem, but many can’t seem to convince their constituents why they should care, according to panelists at a recent conference on truck parking.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 13, 2018

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