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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, Opinion

Opinion: How the DRIVE-Safe Act Could End the Driver Shortage

The persistent truck driver shortage is the industry’s top overall concern — and for good reason.

Jeremy Reymer | Founder and CEO, DriverReach
December 3, 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, Technology

Trump Aide Kudlow Calls for End of Electric Vehicle Subsidies

Electric Vehicle Getty Images

President Trump’s top economic adviser on Dec. 3 said the White House wants to end subsidies for electric vehicle purchases, without saying how it would eliminate the incentives that were created by Congress.

Ryan Beene and Shannon Pettypiece | Bloomberg News
December 3, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Romaine Recall Causes Disruption in Trucking Industry

Romaine lettuce Getty Images

Romaine lettuce is shipping again after a late November outbreak of E. coli, but only after the federal government began a new round of negotiating with producers for changes in tracking.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
December 3, 2018
Government, Business

Construction Spending Down 0.1% in October

Industrial Construction Johnny Milano/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — Spending on U.S. construction projections fell 0.1% in October, the third consecutive monthly decline, as weakness in home building and non-residential construction offset a rebound in government projects.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
December 3, 2018
Government, Business

Manufacturing Gauge Tops Estimates as Jobs, Orders Rebound

Manufacturing Getty Images

A gauge of U.S. manufacturing rebounded in November as new orders picked up and companies added workers, indicating that factories remain relatively healthy in the fourth quarter.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
December 3, 2018
Government, Business

Farmers Have Little to Cheer From China Trade Truce, So Far

Soybean Field Soybean field. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

For a soybean farmer in Iowa or Illinois, it may be premature to celebrate the ceasefire in the trade war between the U.S. and China.

Alfred Cang | Bloomberg News
December 3, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

Manufacturers Urge New Congress to ‘Start With Infrastructure’

Construction generator Caterpillar construction equipment. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers is launching a new digital ad campaign to remind Congress and the Trump administration of the bipartisan support for upgrading U.S. public works and urging them to “start with infrastructure” in 2019.

Mark Niquette | Bloomberg News
December 3, 2018
Government, Business

US, China Agree to Delay Consideration of New Tariffs

President Trump at the G20 Summit in Argentina President Trump at the G20 Summit in Argentina. (Erica Canepa/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to keep their trade war from escalating with a promise to halt the imposition of new tariffs for 90 days as the world’s two largest economies negotiate a lasting agreement.

Bloomberg News
December 2, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Keystone XL Pipe Cleared to Start Limited Pre-Construction Work

pipeyard TransCanada pipe yard. (Scott Dalton/Bloomberg News)

TransCanada Corp. can resume certain pre-construction activities, including engineering and meeting with stakeholders, for the Keystone XL oil pipeline after a federal court decision, the company said in an e-mail statement.

Rachel Adams-Heard | Bloomberg News
November 30, 2018
Government, Business

House GOP Names Sam Graves as Ranking Member of Transportation Committee

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) Graves listens during a roundtable discussion. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

The top authorizer of policy related to highways and transit systems in the U.S. House of Representatives was tapped to serve as the leading Republican on the chamber’s transportation panel when a new Congress convenes in January.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 30, 2018