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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

NAFTA Replacement USMCA Signed, Awaits Ratification in Congress

Leaders at the G20 Summit Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's president, U.S. president Donald Trump, and Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister signing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. (Sarah Pabst/Bloomberg News)

The United States, Canada and Mexico signed a trade deal championed by President Donald Trump to replace the quarter-century-old NAFTA pact, capping a year of negotiations and offering a glimmer of certainty amid rising global tensions over trade.

Josh Wingrove Jenny Leonard and Eric Martin | Bloomberg News
November 30, 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, Technology, Logistics, Top 50

DHL Turns to Robots to Equip US Warehouses for E-Commerce

DHL Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Worldwide delivery service DHL is deploying artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles and product-picking robots at its warehouses in North America to help handle the surge in e-commerce demand.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
November 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Daimler's Mexican Division Braces for Change

Daimler Flavio Rivera by Joe Howard/Transport Topics

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — The adoption of tougher emissions standards and the arrival of a new Mexican president are among the key changes Daimler Commercial Vehicles Mexico will face in the year ahead and beyond, company President Flavio Rivera said here.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
November 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Trucking Braces for Fallout From GM Plant Closings

GM Lordstown, Ohio, plant GM's assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, is set to close in 2019. (General Motors)

The decision by General Motors to cease production at five of its factories in the United States and Canada will have consequences for trucking companies that serve those plants.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
November 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Border Funding Complicates Freight Policy as Congress Tries to Avoid Shutdown

Border Funding Schumer (C-Span)

A year-end funding bill that is likely to include provisions related to electronic logging devices and autonomous cars is almost finalized. Yet, disputes surrounding security along the border with Mexico as well as tensions over an investigation into the 2016 presidential election are complicating spending talks.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Have EPA, CARB Reached Détente Over Emission Policy?

truck exhaust Getty Images

Almost since Donald Trump moved into the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board have been in a political war over the direction of U.S. environmental policy. Can there be a thaw in the works now that EPA has announced plans to begin an “environmental review” to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions for heavy trucks?

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 29, 2018
Government, Business

John MacKinnon Appointed Alaska DOT Commissioner

Port of Anchorage Cargo unloads at the Port of Anchorage, Alaska. (Port of Anchorage)

Incoming Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has announced that John MacKinnon will serve as the next commissioner of the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 29, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

Alberta Buying Rail Cars to Ship Crude Amid Pipeline Pinch

Crude rail cars Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Alberta is working to buy railcars to help ship more crude as pipeline bottlenecks have the oil-rich province grappling with historic low prices.

Kevin Orland and Greg Quinn | Bloomberg News
November 29, 2018
Government, Business

Consumer Spending Rises 0.6% in October

Shopper John Minchillo/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Consumers boosted their spending in October at the fastest pace in seven months, while their incomes rose by the largest amount in nine months — both good signs for future economic growth.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
November 29, 2018
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Hit Six-Month High During Holiday Week

Job Fair Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg News

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose for a third week to the highest level since May, potentially reflecting volatility around two consecutive periods that included holidays.

Katia Dmitrieva and Shobhana Chandra | Bloomberg News
November 29, 2018