Government
Government, Business, Safety

Senate Still Reviewing FAA Bill That Contains Trucking-Related Issues as Deadline Nears

FAA Bill Thune (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Proponents of a bill that includes language to ensure nationwide uniformity of meal-and-rest-break rules for truck drivers are racing against the clock to advance the measure before a funding deadline, but face resistance from some Democratic senators.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Federal Standard on Autonomous Vehicle Technology Is Needed, Rep. Latta Says

Autonomous concept Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Congress needs to ensure autonomous vehicle technology operates under a national directive instead of a patchwork of guidelines from the states, a key House authorizer said Sept. 13.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 13, 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

RhodeWorks Architect Gov. Gina Raimondo Wins Primary

Gina Raimondo Raimondo celebrates the night of her primary victory. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, creator of the controversial RhodeWorks program, will remain on the ballot for this year’s general election to take on two-time rival Allan Fung.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

All Railroads Should Install PTC by Dec. 31 Deadline, NTSB Tells Congress

Commuters board a Caltrain car Commuters board a Caltrain car at the transit station in Millbrae, Calif. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Equipping the country’s freight and commercial trains with technology designed to automatically slow down or stop trains traveling at dangerous speeds would improve safety, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board told Congress Sept. 13.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018
Government, Business

Core Inflation Unexpectedly Cools as Apparel Costs Fall

Alex Atkins, 13, looks for a new pair of shoes to go with his new school uniforms at a clothing store Rogelio Solis/Associated Press

A gauge of underlying U.S. inflation unexpectedly cooled in August as apparel prices fell by the most in about seven decades and medical-care costs declined, offering Americans a respite from accelerating price gains.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Continued Testing, Cleaner Fuel Proposed for Diesel Engines

Cleaner fuel Neste's renewable diesel plant operates in Singapore. (Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg News)

Diesel fuel still has a large role to play in achieving greater emissions reductions in heavy-duty trucks, experts said during a recent conference in San Francisco. Separately, they urged more in-use testing of engines to verify the gains, and increased use of renewable diesel, which is chemically similar to petroleum diesel, but cleaner.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA Website Logs More Than 1,700 Comments on Potential HOS Changes

Trucks parked at a truck stop Trucks are parked at a Love's Travel Stop. (Russ MacNeil)

In written comments reacting to potential changes to federal driver hours-of-service rules, truckers clearly favor a potential plan by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to give them more flexibility with their driving and workday hours.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018
Government, Business

Fed Survey Finds Concerns About Rising Trade Tensions

Rising Trade Tensions Victor J. Blue

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve reported Sept. 12 that its latest survey of business conditions nationwide found rising concerns over the impact Trump administration trade policies could have on the economy.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

2018 Roadcheck Out-of-Service Rate Declines From Last Year

Inspectors checking a truck A Maryland officer inspects a flatbed truck at a previous CVSA Road Check event. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

More than one of every five trucks that received comprehensive Level I inspections during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck this summer were taken out of service, CVSA reported on Sept. 12. CVSA said that the out-of-service rate for the 45,400 Level I inspections was 21.6%, a decrease from last year’s 23% rate.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 12, 2018
Government

Oklahoma Transportation Commission Plans for Highway, Bridge Projects

Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma The John Kilpatrick Turnpike. (Eric Stuve/Flickr)

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved plans Sept. 10 outlining updates for the state’s network of highways and county roads.This iteration directs $6.5 billion to support 1,386 bridge and highway projects over the next eight years.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 12, 2018

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