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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

Most States Don't Experience CDL Skills Test Delays, FMCSA Survey Shows

CDL Skills-Test Delays A student approaches a truck during a commercial driver license class at Lake Cumberland CDL Training School in Mount Sterling, Ky. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

The large majority of states are experiencing few delays in scheduling entry-level truck drivers for their skills tests, according to a new congressionally mandated survey conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, TCA

Louisiana’s Sunshine Bridge Could Open Sooner Than January Target Date

Sunshine Bridge repair The Sunshine Bridge in Louisiana undergoes repair after a crane barge collided with it in October. The accident placed the bridge out of service. (Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development)

Despite high-profile projects in Baton Rouge and elsewhere, Louisiana’s $14 billion backlog of road and bridge needs will rise next year because the state lacks the needed resources, state Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson said Nov. 15.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
November 16, 2018
Government, Business

Trump Says He’s Optimistic About Trade Deal After Receiving China Response

Trump at a news conference Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

President Donald Trump said he is optimistic about resolving the U.S. trade dispute with China after receiving a response from Beijing to his demands, ahead of a widely anticipated meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Argentina later this month.

Shannon Pettypiece | Bloomberg News
November 16, 2018
Government, Fuel

Iraq Resumes Kirkuk Oil Exports After Yearlong Pause

Baba Gurgur oil processing plant Fires flare off the gas from crude oil at Iraq's oldest oil processing plant in Baba Gurgur, outside of Kirkuk. (Nabil al-Jurani/AP)

BAGHDAD — Iraq began piping oil from its fields around the disputed city of Kirkuk on Nov. 16, more than a year after exports were halted over troubles with the autonomous Kurdish administration north of the country.

Associated Press
November 16, 2018
Government, Business

Industrial Production Grew Modest 0.1% in October

Worker at Ford truck plant A worker installs trim on a 2018 Ford F-150 truck on the assembly line at a plant in Dearborn, Mich. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

WASHINGTON — U.S. industry expanded slightly in October, with manufacturing growth offsetting declines in mining and utility production.

Associated Press
November 16, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, TCA

Eaton to Open Plant in El Paso, Texas

Eaton Corp. building Eaton Corp.

Eaton Corp., a worldwide manufacturing company, plans to expand into El Paso, Texas, with a factory expected to open in the first half of next year with 200 employees.

Vic Kolenc | El Paso (Texas) Times
November 16, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Incoming T&I Chairman Peter DeFazio: Freight Connectivity, HOS Priorities for Panel

Peter DeFazio DeFazio (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

With Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives and the former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee headed to retirement, all eyes are on Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio as he heads toward his presumed appointment to the panel’s chairmanship.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 15, 2018
Government, Business, TCA

How Elon Musk Might Make $920 Million in Tesla Debt Go Away

Tesla Factory Tesla factory in Sparks, Nev. (John Locher/Associated Press)

A big pile of debt comes due at Tesla on March 1 — $920 million worth. But starting in two weeks, the company has a chance to make it disappear.

Russ Mitchell | Los Angeles Times
November 15, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

California Approves a 15-hour Minimum Driver Training Requirement for CDLs

Student driver gets instruction in cab Smith & Solomon

California legislators have passed a bill requiring that entry-level truck drivers spend at least 15 hours in training behind the wheel to be eligible for a commercial driver license.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 15, 2018
Government, Business, Autonomous

Senate Leader McConnell Looks to Avoid Government Shutdown Before Dec. 7 Deadline

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell McConnell stressed that his caucus of Republicans will not consider a partial shutdown of the federal government. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

Senate Republicans will look to avoid a partial shutdown of the federal government, the leader of the chamber told reporters on Nov. 14.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 15, 2018

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