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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

COMING SOON: The State of the Industry with ATA's Chris Spear

coming soon

At the recent U.S. House panel on highways and transit operations, ATA President and CEO Chris Spear advocated for a nationwide policy framework for autonomous vehicles. Chris Spear joins Dan Ronan to discuss workforce development, truck parking, and his forecast for the industry's biggest show - ATA's 2023 Management Conference & Exhibition. 

October 4, 2023

TT Podcasts: RoadSigns

RoadSigns 122

Gragg Wilson of UPS won grand champion honors at the National Truck Driving Championships. In this special edition of RoadSigns, Wilson takes us through the competition's course, successful driving practices and how to attract new drivers.   

Government, Business, Technology, Private

FTC Poised to Sue Amazon for Antitrust Violations

A stack of Amazon packages

The Federal Trade Commission is expected to sue Amazon for antitrust violations next week, according to people familiar with the matter — the agency’s fourth swipe at the retail giant in 2023.

Leah Nylen | Bloomberg News
September 22, 2023

White House Preparing for Government Shutdown

Kevin McCarthy surrounded by reporters

WASHINGTON — The White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to get ready for a shutdown after House Republicans left town for the weekend with no plan to keep the government funded.

September 22, 2023
Government, Business

Freight Executives Press Congress on Trucking Priorities

John Smith (lefty) and Peter Latta

WASHINGTON — Policy initiatives that could improve economic and legal conditions for the trucking industry were raised during a meeting between family-owned stakeholders and lawmakers.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2023
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA’s Own Scientists Warn Ethanol Might Not Be Green Enough

Ethanol pump

The U.S. government’s own scientists on Sept. 21 questioned whether corn-based ethanol is better for the environment than traditional petroleum-based fuels.

Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Bloomberg News
September 21, 2023
Government, Business, Equipment

Government Contests Fitzgerald Gliders' $83 Million Court Win

Fitzgerald facility

A civil jury found in favor of former glider manufacturer Fitzgerald in an $83 million federal tax dispute with the IRS. Federal attorneys haven’t given up on the outcome of the trial.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2023
Government, Business

Buttigieg Emphasizes Supply Chain, Safety at House Hearing

Pete Buttigieg

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top transportation officer said the infrastructure law and other administration initiatives are helping to improve freight connectivity and highway safety.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2023
Government, Business, Logistics

Biden Orders Continued Monitoring of Norfolk Southern

Derailment scene

President Joe Biden ordered federal agencies to continue holding Norfolk Southern accountable for its February derailment in eastern Ohio and appoint a FEMA official to oversee East Palestine’s recovery, but he still stopped short of declaring a disaster.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
September 21, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Kentucky Cargo Theft Spike Echoes National Issues

Strategic cargo theft

Kentucky law enforcement is warning of a spike in strategic cargo thefts in a trend that reflects a growing national problem.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
September 21, 2023
Government, Business, Logistics

Port Volumes Decline in August

Port of Virginia

Container volumes trended mostly into negative territory in August at facilities along the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, with a modest gain at the Port of Los Angeles.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
September 20, 2023