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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, TCA

Trucking Companies Question Pennsylvania Travel Ban Citations

Truck Elaine Thompson/Associated Press

DUNMORE, Pa. — State police issued more than 800 citations statewide to drivers violating the commercial vehicle ban during the Feb. 12 winter storm. Troopers say they were strongly enforcing the ban as a way to prevent crashes and keep highways clear.

WNEPTV | WilkesBarre Pa
February 15, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 2 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "Is Trucking Charging Toward an Electric Reality?" is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Government

Congressional Transportation Leaders to Update AASHTO on Infrastructure Bill

Peter DeFazio Rep. Peter DeFazio. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

The big four surface transportation policymakers on Capitol Hill are scheduled to share with state-level transportation officials the latest developments on crafting much-anticipated infrastructure legislation.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 15, 2019
Government, Business

Manufacturing Takes Downward Turn in January

Manufacturing Meg Roussos/Bloomberg News

U.S. factory production unexpectedly contracted in January, shrinking the most in eight months on weakness in the automotive sector and indicating a weak start to the year as headwinds including a trade war with China weighed on factories.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
February 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

VW Targets Carbon-Neutral Production for First Electric Car

Volkswagen Logo Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

Volkswagen AG plans to save 1 million tons of carbon-dioxide emissions a year by making production of its first electric model carbon neutral, part of an effort to clean up its image in the aftermath of the diesel-cheating scandal.

Chris Reiter and Brian Parkin | Bloomberg News
February 15, 2019
Government, Business

Watch TT's Eugene Mulero Talk Infrastructure on C-SPAN

TT's Eugene Mulero will appear on C-SPAN's Washington Journal TT's Eugene Mulero live on C-SPAN's Washington Journal (via c-span.org)

Transport Topics reporter Eugene Mulero was a guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal program Feb. 15, discussing infrastructure funding and taking calls from viewers. Click here for a link to watch a replay of the interview.

Transport Topics
February 15, 2019
Government, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Good Places to Start

In the nine years that the American Transportation Research Institute has been producing a list of the worst bottlenecks in the United States, three spots have had the inauspicious honor of landing at the top of the list. These same three are consistently awful, even if from year to year one is worse than the others.

Transport Topics
February 14, 2019
Government, Business

ELD Exemption for Livestock Haulers Part of Fiscal 2019 Congressional Funding Deal

Sen. Richard Shelby Sen. Richard Shelby by Al Drago/Bloomberg News

Included in the law signed by President Trump Feb. 15 that funds federal agencies through fiscal 2019 is a provision that exempts livestock and insect haulers from the electronic logging device requirement.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 14, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

New ARTBA President to Congress: Fix the Highway Trust Fund

Dave Bauer ARTBA CEO and President Dave Bauer. (ARTBA)

WASHINGTON — Dave Bauer, the new leader of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, said he believes that raising and indexing federal fuel taxes is the best way to achieve sustainable funding for infrastructure upgrades needed around the country.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 14, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Truck Parking Shortage Costs Drivers $4,600 a Year, Expert Says

Truck Parking Shortage Mullings (left), Dan Ronan, Manning and Murray. (Natso)

ORLANDO, Fla. — The difficulty of finding truck parking is pushing drivers out of the business and contributing to the industry’s persistent driver shortage, according to experts who spoke at the Natso annual convention, held here Feb. 10-13.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 14, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Amazon Ditches Plans for New York Headquarters

Amazon Mark Lennihan/Associated Press

Amazon.com is pulling out of a plan to build a headquarters in New York City, after a backlash from some residents and politicians, the e-commerce giant said.

Alistair Barr | Bloomberg News
February 14, 2019

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