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.
Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw Grilled on Safety Measures
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan consensus that Congress should toughen railroad regulations emerged March 22 as senators heard fresh testimony on February's fiery hazardous train derailment.
TT Podcasts: RoadSigns
Joel Morrow of Alpha Drivers Testing & Consulting traveled across America asking one simple question: What if a trucker designed a truck?
Congress Addresses Freight Safety Proposals
In reviewing the connectivity of the country’s supply chain, the leader of the freight policy committee in the Senate called for modernizing transportation systems to improve safety.
Work Begins to Expand Key Texas-Mexico Entry for Trucks
Construction has begun on a new commercial inspection and processing facility to make it easier and faster for truckers to bring freight through Anzalduas Port of Entry.March 22, 2023
EV Battery Aid Hangs in Balance as US Finalizes Climate Law
The interpretation of a regulation by the Treasury Department could upend expectations for how tens of billions of dollars in new electric vehicle tax incentives will be distributed.
Fed Raises Key Rate by Quarter-Point Despite Bank Turmoil
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve extended its yearlong fight against high inflation March 22 by raising its key interest rate a quarter-point.
Minnesota’s Tim Walz Signs Catalytic Converter Law
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed legislation to crack down on catalytic converter theft in the state, the latest in a series of moves by state lawmakers to help residents combat what has become a nationwide problem.March 22, 2023
VTNA Supplier to Open North American HQ in Virginia
A European-based component supplier to Volvo Trucks North America is locating its new North American headquarters near the vehicle maker’s production factory in Virginia’s New River Valley — a move that the state’s governor praised for bringing a jolt to the region’s business community.March 22, 2023
Biden Limits US Funds for China Chipmakers
The Biden administration is unveiling tight restrictions on new operations in China by semiconductor manufacturers that get federal funds to build in the U.S.
Infrastructure Council Presses White House on Cybersecurity
At a meeting this month of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, the group proposed a need for drills and exercises designed to enhance cybersecurity.
UCR Fees to Decline by 9% in 2024, FMCSA Says
Fees for Unified Carrier Registration Plan participants in 2024 will be reduced by approximately 9% compared with 2023 fees, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced.